Jaguar Racing have today confirmed that Christian Klien and Townsend Bell will test with the outfit at the end of this month.

According to reports by Reuters and BBC Sport Online, the test will take place at Valencia, from November 25-27.

Jaguar spokesperson Nav Sidhu commented: "This is going to be a 'talent test'.

"There are opportunities across the spectrum [for them] but until we test them it is impossible at this stage to make any type of prediction."

Klien, who is backed by Red Bull, took part in the F3 Euro Series this year, finishing second overall, he also won the prestigious Marlboro Masters F3 event.

Bell meanwhile made his debut in F3000 this season, helping the Arden team clinch the title. The American also conducted some straight-line speed tests with BAR, prior to the end of the season in Japan.

Two roles are still available at the 'Cat' in 2004, namely the second race seat alongside Mark Webber and a test/reserve driver role, following changes to the regulations that mean that the Milton Keynes based concern will be able to run three cars during Friday practice.

As for the position of current Jaguar #2 driver, Justin Wilson, Sidhu added: "This leaves him in the same place that he has been all along.

"He is in contention for the 2004 race seat on level terms with everyone else.

"We're not testing Justin, we know what he can do. This is not a shoot-out between Bell and Klien. Justin fits in, is well liked, has application and focus almost beyond reproach and he's performed very well."

Wilson's place though, is not only under threat from Klien and Bell, but also from McLaren tester, Alexander Wurz, who is thought to be favourite for the seat alongside Webber, and Sauber reject Nick Heidfeld.

Wilson's former Minardi team-mate, Jos Verstappen has also been linked to the team, owing to his links to Dutch sponsors, such as Trust, who helped finance Paul Stoddart's squad during 2003.



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