NZL's BAMBER IS A1 FOR ROUND ONE A1 Team New Zealand has confirmed 18-year-old Earl Bamber as their driver for the opening round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. Bamber has previously driven New Zealand's 'Black Beauty' A1GP car in...
NZL's BAMBER IS A1 FOR ROUND ONE
A1 Team New Zealand has confirmed 18-year-old Earl Bamber as their driver for the opening round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.
Bamber has previously driven New Zealand's 'Black Beauty' A1GP car in three rookie test sessions during last season's A1GP championship. In addition to his rookie testing, Bamber drove for the team in pre season testing last week at Snetterton in the UK. This is his first call-up for the team as their main driver to contest a full race weekend.
The step up to the new 'Powered by Ferrari' A1GP race car is a big one for Bamber. In just two years he has risen from winning the Asian Formula BMW championship as a 16 year old, to now compete with the hopes of his nation on his shoulders. Bamber is the third driver to race for New Zealand, following in the shoes of Jonny Reid and Matt Halliday.
The season opener for A1GP's fourth season gets underway next weekend, 4-5 October at the Zandvoort circuit in The Netherlands. From there the A1GP 'roadshow' travels the globe, taking in a total of 10 different weekends of racing. The highlight of the schedule for A1 Team New Zealand is their home race at Taupo, New Zealand, 23-25 January 2009.
Jonny Reid and Chris van der Drift can also be expected to drive for A1 Team New Zealand during the Season Four championship.
Reid has driven with the team since the inception of A1GP in 2005. After finishing as runner up in the 2007/08 A1GP championship, Reid has based himself in the USA where he has driven in selected Indy Pro Series races.
Kiwi born, European based van der Drift currently holds a thirteen point advantage in the International Formula Master points standings with one round remaining. His attention to the A1GP will return once his commitments to the International Formula Master championship are completed for 2008.
Earl Bamber, Driver
"I'm really excited to be racing for A1 Team New Zealand next weekend. It's a huge honour to represent my country, especially as I've been selected to open the season for the team."
Colin Giltrap, Team Owner
"Earl did a great job for the team in testing so we're happy to reward him with the race seat for Zandvoort."
-credit: new zeland