New Zealand racing driver Matt Halliday is now in Europe preparing for the commencement of the second A1GP series where he will again be representing New Zealand.
The first round will be held at the historic Dutch circuit of Zandvoort on October 1st and signals the start of a hectic international campaign in which he is scheduled to race on three continents in three different series over the next five weeks.
Matt is currently in England becoming acquainted with A1TEAM.NZL's new team, Super Nova Racing, and being updated on recent testing results and information on the Zandvoort track. Such is the interest in A1GP racing's country versus country concept that the first round has been sold out with over 100,000 tickets pre-sold. The high profile of the series has also seen Greece and Singapore enter teams which boosts the starting line-up for each race to 24 countries.
"I can't wait for the World Cup Of Motorsport to kick off and am confident New Zealand will be among the front runners despite the expectation of teams lifting their game from experience gained last season. The feedback I've received from Super Nova engineers and my team mate, Jonny Reid, has been most encouraging" said Matt from his London base.
Immediately after the first A1GP round, Matt will travel to Bathurst where he will share a Ford Falcon with Australian driver, David Brabham, in the Super Cheap Auto 1000 on October 8th. Mt Panorama is a circuit Matt proudly rates as one of his favourites and after recent testing feels his team, Ford Performance Racing, is in a great position to achieve success in the legendary 1000 kilometre race. Unfortunately, the Bathurst race clashes with the second round of the A1GP series at Brno in the Czech Republic but he is confident Jonny Reid will handle the driving duties well.
Two weeks after Bathurst, Halliday travels to Zhuhai, in China, for the final two rounds of the Formula Renault V6 Asia Championship (October 21st and 22nd) where he hopes to complete his Asian campaign with a flourish. The weekend serves as a double round which sees qualifying on the Friday with two races on both the Saturday and Sunday. Although he has not contested the full series he is still aiming for a top three championship placing and readjust to the single-seater racing environment ahead of his next A1GP assignment.
Round Three of the A1GP series will be held in Beijing on November 5th after which Halliday will concentrate mainly on the A1TEAM.NZL campaign. The undoubted highlight of the coming season will be the A1GP round at Taupo when Kiwi fans will have their first opportunity to see the New Zealand team car in action:
"I can't emphasis enough how big this series is and Kiwis will be amazed at how spectacular the racing can be. Colin Giltrap has brought an amazing sporting event to New Zealand so fans are as indebted to him as much I am for being chosen as a driver to represent my country" Halliday enthused before his departure to Holland.
The A1GP series is contested over 13 rounds in 13 countries throughout Europe, America, Asia, Australasia, Africa and the Middle East with the final round scheduled for Great Britain on April 20th 2007.