Team India star Armaan Ebrahim is looking forward to the challenge of racing on a street circuit in A1GP's debut outing in the Chinese capital of Beijing this weekend.

The 17-year-old has a best finish of 17th to his name from the season's opening four races, but he has impressed in qualifying, beating the likes of the Czech Republic and Australia, nations with an arguably far greater motor racing pedigree. The former Formula BMW Asia ace is now hoping the series' inaugural visit to the city that will host the 2008 Olympics might give him the opportunity to edge his way a little further up the grid.

"Street circuits are very tough environments for young drivers such as myself," he admitted, "and this one will definitely be a challenge for me. Although there are some long straights there are also some very tight corners and hairpins.

"I'll need to be very precise in my driving, as the concrete walls are very close all the way round the track and I won't have the luxury of wide run-off areas that are features of the more traditional purpose-built circuits.

"Of course, none of the drivers have experienced this track, so we'll all be in the same position at the start of the weekend and it's certainly a level playing field. I'll be aiming to keep away from the walls and bring the team some points this weekend."

"This will be a good experience for Armaan," added A1 Team India seat holder Yohann J Setna, "and I know it is one he will enjoy. Although he is young and does not have the level of experience that many of his competitors have, he'll drive to the best of his ability and fly the flag for India in China this weekend."



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