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MotoGP Champion Marco Melandri to make Speedcar debut in Qatar
MotoGP star Marco Melandri will be making his Speedcar Series debut at the Losail International Circuit on February 12-14, 2009.

The World Champion of the 2002 MotoGP (250 cc) will team up with Heinz Harald Frentzen driving for Team Lavaggi. The Italian biker will for the first time be racing a car on a permanent circuit having appeared in a touring car race at the Bologna Motor Show in 2006.

Melandri may be new to car racing but he is familiar with the Losail International Circuit having ridden on the track in the MotoGP. It will be of interest to see how his biking experience will help him in a Speedcar.

Fourteen drivers and seven teams will compete in Speedcar Series' first night race over the race weekend. The third leg of the season will also see 2 other new drivers, Qataris Ahamad Al Kuwari and Sheikh Fahad Al Thani join the fray.

The two local drivers will form the QMMF (Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation) team. Both drivers will have the advantage of having raced on the track before when competing in the Qatar National Road Racing Championship (QNRRCH).

The driver entry list Speedcar Series Season 2, Round 3 in Qatar is as follows:

Driver Country Car No. Team
Jacques Villeneuve CAN 96 Durango
Christopher Zoechling AUT 25 Durango
Jean Alesi FRA 27 HPR
Marchy Lee CHN 50 HPR
Johnny Herbert GBR 69 JMB
Damien Pasini FRA 13 JMB
Gianni Morbidelli ITA 10 Palm Beach
Thomas Biagi ITA 04 Palm Beach
Ahamad Al Kuwari QAT 95 QMMF Team
Fahad Al Thani QAT 59 QMMF Team
Marco Melandri ITA 33 Team Lavaggi
Heinz Harald Frentzen GER 80 Team Lavaggi
Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA 20 UP Team
Hasher Al Maktoum UAE 85 UP Team
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