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Force India test driver Liuzzi to race in A1 GP

April 07, 2009 19:37 IST

Force India test driver Vitantonio Liuzzi will race for Team Italy in the Portugal leg of the A1 GP World Cup of Motorsport over the Easter weekend.

A1 Team Italy pulled off a coup of sorts by signing Liuzzi, who is itching to get back to racing again.

Liuzzi was at Sepang, Malaysia, at the weekend as Force India's reserve driver but flew back to Europe for his first A1 GP experience.

The Italian thanked Force India owner Vijay Mallya for allowing him to race in A1 GP and said, "I'm really looking forward to trying the A1 GP car and get back to racing, which is the thing I like to do most. I am pleased that Vijay Mallya and Force India agreed to release me for these races so I can feel the adrenalin of a race atmosphere again."

It is planned that Liuzzi will also drive for the team at A1 GP Brands Hatch, Great Britain, but the team is hopeful these will not be the only races he will compete in with them.

A1 GP CEO Pete da Silva welcomed the former Red Bull and Toro Rosso driver.

"This is amazing news for the series. Obviously his reputation goes before him and I am delighted that a driver of this calibre is happy to sit in an A1 GP car for the pride of his nation," he said.

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