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Irish team names Adam Carroll
A1 Team Ireland has ended months of speculation by announcing Adam Carroll will be the team’s main driver for the rest of the season. The GP2 race-winner tested for the team throughout the off-season, but the officials remained tight-lipped as to whether the 24-year-old Portadown driver would actually race for them this season.

However, this morning the team issued a statement, confirming Carroll would be the squad’s main driver from this weekend’s meeting in Brno onwards.

Carroll has just come off a strong summer program, having won two GP2 races this season. The team also thanked Ralph Firman, who returned to the cockpit for last weekend’s season opener at Zandvoort, scoring eight points.

‘I’m a racing driver, so my aim is simply to win races and challenge for championships,’ Carroll said. ‘In A1GP I have the additional motivation of representing Ireland and I’ll be giving it 100 per cent to make sure we get to the top step of the podium.

‘I’ve been very impressed with the team that has been put together for the season and our testing pace has shown that we should be racing at the sharp end of the field.’

Seat holder Mark Kershaw hopes the addition of Carroll to the squad, who in the early meetings will be eligible for the Friday morning rookie sessions, shows just how serious Ireland is about mounting a championship challenge.

‘I’m confident that we’ll be making the step up to battle with the frontrunners this season,’ Kershaw said.

‘I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank Ralph Firman for the superb job he did for us at Zandvoort – he has been a loyal member of our driver squad. Come the end of the season we may well find out how important the points he scored for us were.’

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