Having failed to stand on top of the podium in Holland last weekend, A1 Team France will hope to secure a first win of the A1GP season as the championship heads to the Czech Republic this weekend for the second round of the year.

Nicolas Lapierre was able to secure a best finish of third in the sprint race at Zandvoort but will now be hopeful of going two places better at Brno which, like Zandvoort, is appearing on the A1 calendar for the first time.

Having raced at the circuit while competing in the F3 Euroseries, the GP2 racer said he was looking forward to the weekend, although he admitted that the weather could become a major factor in whether or not the weekend proves to be a success.

"I know the track from when I was racing in the F3 Euroseries in 2004," he said. "This track is rather technical with a few fast corners and some long straights. The circuit track is quite wide making overtaking possible, which was not the case at the first round in Zandvoort. Rain, at that time of the year, could also come into play and make the weekend's racing exciting."

Loic Duval will again take part in the rookie practice session on Friday and team principal Jean-Paul Driot said he was hopeful that the pair could carry on the work started last weekend in the Netherlands.

"Following the events at the end of the feature race and the performance of the car at Zandvoort, we are eager to go to Brno to win and forget our misfortune," he said. "Loic Duval and Nicolas Lapierre have done an excellent job in the first round in the Netherlands and we are convinced that they will do the same in the Czech Republic."

 

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