SALVADOR DURAN GETTING READY FOR INAUGURAL A1 GRAND PRIX RACE
OXFORD, England (September 20, 2005).- Telmex-backed driver Salvador Duran is getting ready to compete in the inaugural A1 Grand Prix race meeting, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Brands Hatch circuit, in Kent, England.
"Chava", after competing in the British Formula 3 National Class penultimate race meeting where he posted one fastest lap and one podium, returned to his flat located in Oxford, England last Sunday night, and continues his physical and mental preparation eyeing the World Cup of Motorsports race.
Regarding Brands Hatch circuit, which hosted FIA F1 and Champ Car World Series races in different layouts, the Mexican driver said: "I haven't raced there, I saw the track last week and it's much narrower of what it looks like, it looks bumpy, very uneven. The last turn, coming out from the long straight with the A1 [car] is taken very differently than with other vehicles. It [the car] has less grip, more power and more weight".
"The race will be pretty interesting, competing Alvaro Parente and Nelson Piquet Jr., who are good friends of mine. Also, there are other few known faces, such as Tengyi Jiang from the Chinese team. All the drivers are very strong because there are Formula One drivers (Alex Yoong, Jos Vestapen and Ralph Firman). There are no bad teams or bad drivers, I mean; ¡it is the World Cup of Motorsports! There are no weak rivals," Telmex-backed driver said, who will compete for Mexican A1 Grand Prix team in the international championship.
The 'A' concept means the two key aspects of the World Cup of Motorsport: unity and excellence.
'A' is the first letter of the majority of the world's continents (Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Australasia, Antarctica and Europe) representing the world and its population. The number '1' signifies the unity between them - all as one, one world.
In most languages, 'A1' is a term used to describe the best. A1 Grand Prix is the pinnacle of driver skill and national pride. Each nation's best drivers will race for the pride of their nation to win the first ever World Cup of Motorsport.
The event starts on Friday, September 23 at 1 p.m. (local time), with two practice sessions. On Saturday, there will be a third practice and four qualifying sessions, whilst Sunday, two races will be held, one sprint race at 1:30 p.m. (local time) and the feature race starts at 3 p.m. (local time).