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Van der Garde leaves Aguri for Spyker

Giedo van der Garde has quit his role as third driver at Super Aguri to sign as test driver for Spyker, has learned.

Although there has been no confirmation of the news from Super Aguri, the Dutchman was a surprise inclusion on the list of four testers that Spyker announced today.

In fact, van der Garde had his first test for Super Aguri at Valencia in Spain only yesterday - and was expected to continue running for the team to earn his superlicence today.

He was absent in Spain today, however, and it was understood that a deal was signed late last night that will see the former F3 Euroseries race winner switch to Spyker.

Giedo was quoted as saying in Spyker's release: "It's a proud moment for me to be selected to really start my Formula One career with the Dutch Spyker team. I have a lot to learn but this chance will give me everything I need."

Van der Garde's switch to Spyker comes amid tension between the Dutch-owned team and their rivals Super Aguri over the use of customer cars in F1 this season.

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