Team Pakistan ace Nur Ali is hoping his experience of racing on street circuits will be a boost this weekend, as A1GP makes its inaugural visit to the Chinese capital of Beijing.

Although the squad has yet to get off the mark in the championship, it is hoped the trip to the 2008 Olympic city - the first of three successive rounds in Asia - will bring a change of fortune after being left behind with just two last-placed finishes to show for their efforts from the opening four races of the campaign.

"I have some experience of a temporary street circuit from racing at Reliant Park in Houston with the Star Mazda championship," ex-Infiniti Pro Series star Ali remarked. "I hope this will help me to get on the pace fairly quickly in Beijing.

"Street tracks are always very challenging with the lack of run-off areas and they tend to be quite narrow. The surface can also be fairly dusty and slippery at the beginning of the weekend, and as the cars lay down rubber the conditions are constantly changing.

"All these factors add to the excitement and challenge. I've only seen a track layout diagram, so it's difficult to predict the characteristics of this circuit. My first chance to really start to understand it will be when I walk the track with the team engineers!"

"This Beijing A1GP event is set to be one of the crown jewels of A1GP," A1 Team Pakistan chairman Arif Husain confidently added. "We're very privileged to be racing in the Chinese capital and I'm sure that among all the local spectators we'll also see some Pakistani supporters for the team. We're very proud to be representing our nation in this country which is so close to us."



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