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Bamber back in black for Malaysia


Earl Bamber will carry the New Zealand flag in this weekend's races at Sepang a track on which he's driven hundreds of lap.

Earl Bamber will drive A1 Team New Zealand’s Ferrari-powered Black Beauty in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport round Sepang, Malaysia, this weekend.

The Wanganui teenager finished second in the Feature Race in the series’ opening round at Zandvoort in Holland – his first-ever A1GP race weekend.

Bamber (18) has been racing in Asia since 2006, and has driven thousands of laps at the long and demanding 5.54km Sepang track.

“I’ve got some good knowledge of the track at Sepang so this should help us to be on the pace quickly,” he says. “The race will be hard, because the other teams have had more time to prepare their new cars now so I expect our opposition to be stronger.”

Team owner Colin Giltrap says Bamber has driven “miles and miles at Sepang, so we’re happy to have him back in the car this weekend. We’re confident we’ll be back up to speed for Malaysia."

Chris van der Drift. Who drove Black Beauty in the last round at Chengdu, China, will also be in Malaysia, to keep up with engineering progress on the new A1GP car.

Depending on their other racing commitments, van der Drift, Bamber, and Jonny Reid are all in line to drive New Zealand’s A1GP car this season.

New Zealand is fourth in the 2008/2009 series points, eight adrift of championship leader Malaysia.

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