Sepang: Team New Zealand driver lineup

BAMBER BACK IN BLACK (BEAUTY) Wanganui's Earl Bamber will be back at the wheel of A1 Team New Zealand's Black Beauty for Round Three of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, racing this coming weekend at Malaysia's Sepang circuit. Still in...

BAMBER BACK IN BLACK (BEAUTY)

Wanganui's Earl Bamber will be back at the wheel of A1 Team New Zealand's Black Beauty for Round Three of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, racing this coming weekend at Malaysia's Sepang circuit.

Still in his teens, Bamber drove an outstanding debut race for New Zealand at Zandvoort for the first round of Season Four. The quick kiwi finished in an outstanding second place in the Feature Race in his first ever A1GP race weekend, driving a new car and new track.

There hasn't been any rest since then for the 18-year-old, as Bamber has packed in a tight travel schedule between testing commitments in Asia and Europe, as well as short break in New Zealand.

The decision for the team to select Bamber to drive at Sepang was simple. Having competed in Asia since 2006, Bamber has driven literally thousands of laps at the 5.54km long circuit. Being such a long and demanding circuit, the local knowledge that Bamber holds will mean he can get down to business straight away.

Chris van der Drift made his race debut at Chengdu, China for A1 Team New Zealand, and will also travel to Sepang to keep up to speed with the engineering progress of the new for Season Four 'Powered by Ferrari' A1GP car.

While A1 Team New Zealand didn't come away with the spoils it had hoped for from Round Two at Chengdu, the team still has complete faith in its driver line-up for the season. Depending on their other racing commitments, van der Drift, Bamber, and Jonny Reid are all in line to driver for New Zealand this season.

New Zealand sit in fourth place overall in the points standings with twenty points, eight points adrift of championship leader Malaysia. The points rules for the current A1GP season allow nations to drop their worst round, so the small points haul from Chengdu may be the round that New Zealand drops at the end of the season.

Other exciting news for A1 Team New Zealand's principle commercial partner Fisher & Paykel is the launch of a new website for fans of A1 Team New Zealand. www.BETHEDRIVER.co.nz gives Kiwi fans the chance to get behind the scenes of their A1GP team, and features blogs from drivers, prizes, and an interactive game.

Action on track at Sepang gets underway from Friday, with the Sprint and Feature Races on Sunday.

Earl Bamber, Driver

"I've got some good knowledge of the track at Sepang so this should help us to be on the pace quickly"

"The race will be hard, because the other teams have had more time to prepare their new cars now so I expect our opposition to be stronger"

Colin Giltrap, Team Owner

"Earl's driven miles and miles at Sepang so we're happy to have him back in the car this weekend."

"We're confident we'll be back up to speed for in Malaysia, after a disappointing run in China"

-credit: nz

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Series A1GP
Drivers Chris van der Drift , Jonny Reid , Earl Bamber