CONFIRMED: SALVADOR DURAN RACES IN A1 IN THE NETHERLANDS!
A new team will provide technical service to the Mexican contingent
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (September 26, 2007) - A1 Team Mexico confirmed that Salvador Duran will compete with them in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport season opener that will be held this weekend on the difficult circuit of Zandvoort.
Regarding this news, Julio Jauregui Executive Vice-president of A1 Team Mexico said: "As requested by A1 Team Mexico, Escuderia Telmex agreed to support us in order Salvador Duran represents our country this weekend and we are very pleased with their answer. Also, we will have on the technical side one of the most competitive teams in Europe that is Interwetten, which will provide us technical services for the entire 2007-2008 season and they have the experience of a good relationship with our driver, who they compete with in the World Series by Renault 3.5."
"The team has well-experienced engineers, and also has technical information about the track. In addition, with Duran we've already obtained a second place in the Sprint race at Zandvoort last year and we hope that the combination Interwetten-Duran will give us good results."
"We are happy because Interwetten is a very quick team in pit stops and now with the new A1 sporting regulations for the Feature race with two mandatory pit stops, we have something on our side. However, there is a lot of work to do, mainly because both Interwetten and Duran have not had contact with the car lately, but we hope to achieve good results."
Walter Raus, Team Manager for the A1 Team Mexico said: "We are in a difficult situation with no preseason testing (four days), but as the time pass by I feel confident that we will do well and we hope that soon we will be the team to beat. It will be a difficult task to put the car in the top places during the first round. However, we hope with the experience that Salvador Duran has in these type of cars will help us in the set up. In this moment we are in disadvantage, but we will do our best to deliver good results."
"Firstly I want to thank A1 Team Mexico, Escuderia Telmex, all my sponsors and Interwetten for giving me this opportunity and for believing in me as a racing driver. Definitely, is an honour to represent my country again at Zandvoort," Duran said when he learned the news.
"I know we are behind because both my team and I did not test prior this race and we are not coming as well-prepared as the other teams. We have a lot of things to do that we have to work harder on than the others."
And he added: "Zandvoort is a track that I know and that I like. It is a very difficult track. It is very demanding physically, but we are prepared for that. I don't know what to expect for this first round, but we are looking forward to get Zandvoort to try to be in the top places and hopefully we can achieve it this weekend."
-credit: team mexico