Durban: Team France preview

Durban (South Africa) - Monday, 23 January 2006 - A1 Team France dominated the first six rounds of the A1 Grand Prix championship and after the six-week break Alexandre Premat will be back behind the wheel and is determined to continue his team's...

Durban (South Africa) - Monday, 23 January 2006 - A1 Team France dominated the first six rounds of the A1 Grand Prix championship and after the six-week break Alexandre Premat will be back behind the wheel and is determined to continue his team's dominance.

This weekend will be Alexandre Premat first visit to South Africa: "I really want to start 2006 on a high note. I love these street circuits like Monaco, Montreal, Paul, Norisring or Macau. After the long winter break I'm feeling very fit and ready to race."

The all-new Durban 3.283km street circuit has been built in a record time especially for the seventh round of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series is centred on Durban's elegant ocean frontage. The first corner is very tight and promises some exciting racing.

Jean-Paul Driot, team principal, A1 Team France commented: "Again for this race, we will remain completely focused. I'm confident that the team and the drivers will continue to perform well and we're aiming to continue winning and build on our good result in Dubai. Being the home race for A1 Team South Africa we hope to see a huge crowd this weekend."

A1 Team France is one of 25 teams contesting the new A1 Grand Prix Series, the "World Cup of Motorsport". A1 Team France has a strong lead in the championship with 106 points. The team has scored nine wins this season.

A1 Grand Prix continues to make huge strides in attracting worldwide audiences in its inaugural season. After its first five races A1GP is reaching an average audience of more than 8 million viewers per race in more than 120 countries.

Do not miss the race Sunday on Eurosport (France), Premiere (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Supersport (Greece and Cyprus), Sky Italia (Italy), RTP (Portugal), BSKYB Ltd (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel), SportTV (Russia), Sogecable (Spain),RTL7 (NL- achieving nearly 800,000 viewers per race with an even more impressive market share of 16 per cent, 365 Media), (Iceland) or RTE 2 Eire, SABC South Africa is also achieving impressive market share with nearly 10 per cent of all viewers tuning into A1GP.

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Series A1GP
Drivers Alexandre Prémat