Despite the departure of Brno star Graham Rahal to concentrate on his Champ Car preparations, Team Lebanon is determined to put on a good show as A1GP makes its first Asian trip of the season this weekend.

Regular pilots Basil Shaaban, Khalil Beschir and rookie Alex Khateeb have travelled East for the first of the three Asian races which round off this year's events in A1GP. The 3.1km-long Beijing street circuit features long straights, 90-degree corners and tight hairpins, and will provide a stern test for all the drivers and teams concerned.

"I think the Chinese fans will love the arrival of A1GP in Beijing," said Beschir, still awaiting his A1GP race bow in 2006/07. "I doubt they will have experienced the noise and excitement that this level of international motor racing creates and I'm sure it will be a very popular event."

"Street circuits are always very challenging," added Shaaban, who raced for the squad in the season-opener at Zandvoort back at the start of October, "and I'm sure this one will be no exception. Showcasing A1GP in Beijing will, I'm sure, attract worldwide attention.

"It's a great precursor for the Olympics and I think we'll put on a great spectacle not only for the spectators, but for the millions of television viewers around the globe as well."

"I'm very excited about visiting Beijing and to be driving in the capital," rookie Kheteeb agreed. "For me there's the added pressure of a street circuit, as it'll be the first time that I've driven in this environment. I know there won't be the luxury of wide run-off areas and the concrete walls will be close, but as always I'm going to be very focused on my racing this weekend."



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