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Briscoe to test for Conquest

Australian Ryan Briscoe is to drive a Conquest Champ Car at the open test at Portland which commences today

 Eric Bachelart has confirmed that because Conquest's permanent driver Charles Zwolsman is still in pain from his wrists and back, he doesn't want the full burden of testing to fall on the Dutchman.

Zwolsman injured his wrists riding the kerbs at Fontana in pre-season testing, and his back is in pain from driving at Long Beach.
 
"We are thankful to Ryan Briscoe for coming in on such short notice to help us with our test in Portland," expressed Conquest Racing co-owner Bachelart. "Ryan is an excellent driver and can provide good technical feedback that will help us prepare our cars. Everyone on the team looks forward to working with him during this test."
 
Said 24-year-old Briscoe: "I'm really excited to be going to Portland to help Conquest with the development of their car as well as get them ready for the Portland race. Champ Cars have a lot of horsepower and no driver aids so they are great to drive.

"I'm also looking forward to working with Chris (Mower, Team Manager) again, who I worked with in the past."

Briscoe, who turned down the opportunity to drive for Team Australia this year, is highly regarded within the Champ Car paddock for the pace he showed while testing for PKV Racing over the winter.

PKV's engineers were also very impressed with the Australian's technical feedback and he only failed to land a ride there because the team didn't want a rookie to partner Katherine Legge in her first year.
 
Testing for Conquest will trigger speculation that Briscoe could partner Zwolsman for much of the season.

Canada's Andrew Ranger, who finished sixth for the team last weekend at Long Beach, does not have the budget for the full season, and his deal with Bachelart was for just that round.

However, it is thought likely that he will also compete in the three Canadian rounds on Champ Car's calendar.

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