GP2 ace Fairuz Fauzy is poised to make his A1GP return courtesy of a change in the championship rules, though the Malaysian will not actually be racing in the nation-versus-nation series.

The newly announced regulations - which will take immediate effect - allow drivers under the age of 28 who competed in no more than six A1GP races last season to take part in the two 25-minute sessions at the start of each weekend.

Fauzy drove in four races in A1GP's inaugural campaign last year, and A1 Team Malaysia - currently third in the standings following a double victory last time out in Brno - is hoping he will provide valuable feedback from the extra track time gained.

In the opening two races of this season the squad did not have a suitably qualified driver to participate in the Friday sessions and were thus disadvantaged in their race preparations. The revisions will bring a return to the level playing field that is such a key feature of A1GP.

"This rule change is very welcome," commented A1 Team Malaysia chief executive Jack Cunningham. "Being able to run Fairuz in the Friday morning sessions will definitely help us to keep performing at the highest level. It's great to have him back in the driving seat."

"I've been concentrating on my GP2 season up until this point," a delighted Fauzy added, "so this is a timely announcement for me. I can dovetail GP2 testing with A1GP Friday practice sessions and together these will keep me busy through the winter.

"It's a privilege to be able to be back representing my country and supporting the team. Alex (Yoong) has had a great start to the season with his two wins, so if I can help the team to maintain this performance level, I'll be very proud.

"In addition, with our home race taking place later this month it means I'll be able to drive in front of all the local fans, which will be a great honour for me."

A1GP resumes in just over a week's time with the first street race of the season, a new event being held in Beijing, China. A1 Team Malaysia will arrive in the Asian city on a high fresh from its Czech success.

 

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