Clarke to drive for GBR at Taupo
|By Matt Beer
||Wednesday, January 21st 2009, 16:07 GMT
Former Champ Car driver Dan Clarke is to race for Great Britain in this weekend's A1GP event at Taupo.
Clarke will deputise for regular driver Danny Watts, who is unavailable due to the recent birth of his son. James Winslow will return to the team to drive in the rookie session.
"It's amazing really - a real boost and fabulous surprise," said Clarke, who will get his first taste of the A1GP car at Taupo. "A1 Team GBR is a great team and they have the potential to win every time they compete.
"I'm here to help and hopefully the relationship can become long term. Firstly I've got to get used to a new car, new team and new track."
The 25-year-old sat out the 2008 season after being unable to find a drive in the merged IndyCar Series, and Team GBR principal Katie Clements is pleased to be giving him an opportunity to return to action.
"Dan Clarke is a British talent that has perhaps been overlooked and, since the demise of Champ Car at the end of 2007, he has been sadly without a drive," she said.
"I am confident that his experience of high level single-seater racing combined with his thirst to return to the cockpit will produce good results next weekend.
"We had an unfortunate race day in Malaysia at the last round before Christmas, and it is absolutely vital that we score well this weekend to move up the standings."