In an unexpected move, A1 Team Czech Republic will only confirm its choice of race driver for its home event at Brno this weekend after free practice on Friday has taken place.
Former A1GP race winner Tomas Enge has been officially placed on standby for this weekend, in case ‘the pressure of the home event’ for lead driver Erik Janis gets too much.
Janis was named before the start of the season as the team’s lead driver for 2007/08. The 18-year-old acquitted himself well in his maiden A1GP event at Zandvoort two weeks ago, finishing in the points on the Feature race.
However, with Janis still inexperienced, team officials have chosen to also nominate 31-year-old Enge for Brno to give themselves options ahead of the race weekend.
Enge finished second in the Feature race Brno last season to the delight of the local crowd, however, he has not sat in an A1GP car since February due to injuries suffered in a sportscar racing crash.
A1 Team Czech Republic seat holder Antonin Charouz stresses the decision to decide the race driver on Friday is no reflection on Janis.
‘It is quite normal to nominate more drivers for one weekend and we want to use this possibility for our race event,’ said Charouz. ‘Tomas has got much more experience compared to Erik and he has also confirmed that the pain of the left elbow easing off, so he would be fit enough to race at the weekend.
‘There is nothing against Erik. If he is quick and cool on Friday he will do the whole weekend. The home race in such a big championship always brings a lot of pressure and we want to be prepared in the best possible way. This is the reason why we have expanded the nomination.’
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