Team Netherlands head to China this weekend aiming to build on a solid start to the season with a strong performance from street fighter Jeroen Bleekemolen.

The 25-year-old has achieved three top ten finishes from the opening four races of A1GP's second campaign, with a highlight of a charging fourth place on home soil at Zandvoort last month. Although the narrow and twisty track will be new ground for everyone, Bleekemolen is hoping his street circuit experience - he finished third in a Clio V6 race in Monaco among others - will help the team to be right up at the sharp end of proceedings on the series' inaugural visit to Beijing.

"I have got quite high expectations," the former FIA GT and DTM ace confirmed. "We have done a lot of homework since the last race, and I like street races. I think we have got a good chance here.

"The circuit itself is quite tricky - there are some fast sections and lots of different types of asphalt. It's also very bumpy, so quite a difficult track, but that's good. The harder the track, the more chance we have got.

"It will be an exciting and close race. On a track like this anything can happen. It's going to be very spectacular."

Team Netherlands rookie star Renger van der Zande is set to make his street circuit debut this weekend.

"It all looks very cool," he enthused. "The circuit is really like a street circuit should be, very narrow and tricky, but you have to watch out. I hope to gather as much information for Jeroen and the team for qualifying, so that we will be at the top of the field this weekend."

 

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