Team Great Britain has unveiled the driver line-up it believes is capable of propelling it to A1GP glory in the second season of the nation versus nation championship.

After finishing third in the inaugural A1GP campaign last year, Team GB has placed its trust once again in Robbie Kerr and Darren Manning, with British Formula Three front-runner Oliver Jarvis joining the squad as Friday rookie driver. The hopes of a nation may rest on this trio's shoulders, but team principal Sir John Surtees said he was confident they would be up to the task of delivering not only Team GB's first victory in the series, but also the title.

"I think we have one of the strongest driver representations in A1GP with Robbie, Darren and Oliver on-board," said the only man ever to win a world championship on both two wheels and four. "Robbie and Darren both did a solid job scoring podiums and helping us to third overall in the nations' standings last year, while Oliver joins us as a rookie but with impeccable credentials.

"First and foremost A1 Team GB has to win this season so we'll look at the drivers for each race and decide who gives us the best chance of helping us to achieve that goal. All three worked well together at Silverstone in pre-season testing and we look forward to seeing that form translated into results when the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport gets underway next month."

Former British Formula Three champion Kerr notched up seven podiums for the country last year, almost single-handedly leading the squad to the bronze medal before handing over to Manning for the final round in China due to clashing commitments.

"It was great to be back in the car last week and get up to speed having been out since my last race at Laguna Seca in March," said the KTR World Series by Renault star. "I'm obviously delighted to be back representing Great Britain in A1GP and having come so close last season I want to ensure we get that elusive first win this year and go on and mount a serious title challenge, something I know we're more than capable of with the new team line-up."

Ex-Champ Car and Indy Racing League ace Manning starred on his A1GP debut in Shanghai earlier this year, and is clearly eager to get back on track again in his country's colours. He will take the wheel for the opening round at Zandvoort in Holland on 1 October while Kerr is otherwise engaged in a World Series by Renault race at Le Mans.

"It's an honour to represent Great Britain in something as exciting and unique as A1GP," said the 31-year-old. "I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the team out in China and am looking forward to kicking off the season at Zandvoort.

"We had a productive test at Silverstone last week, the team gelled right from the off and that was translated into our overall pace. I'm looking forward to working with Robbie and Oliver as the season progresses and getting A1 Team GBR onto the top step of the podium."

Former McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year and Formula Renault UK champion Jarvis, meanwhile, got the nod after impressing the team in tests at both Pembrey and Silverstone.

"I was really pleased to first be invited to test with the team and now join them for the new season of A1GP," the 22-year-old enthused.

"It's a great platform for a young driver to represent their nation and for me personally its pleasing to know that my on-track efforts throughout the regular season have been recognized leading to this opportunity. I'm looking forward to bolstering the driver in-put and hopefully getting the chance to race for my country."



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