Italy, Japan Confirmed for Brands

A1 Grand Prix has confirmed the addition if Italy, Japan and Austria in time for this weekend's maiden race at Brands Hatch

Italy, Japan Confirmed for Brands

Japan's entry will be driven by World Series by Renault pilot Ryo Fukuda. However the car was shaken down by former Formula One driver Hideki Noda at Silverstone yesterday.

The Austrian car will be run by two legendary Formula One World Champions - Niki Lauda and Keke Rosberg.

Arch rivals on track in the 1980s, the two men are now working together leading A1 Team Austria's A1 car to be driven by GP2 racer Mathias Lauda, the son of triple World Champion Niki.

The Italian team will be run by Piercarlo Ghinzani who, after a successful career as a professional driver from 1970 to 1990, founded his own race team in 1992. The team have not confirmed their driving plans but have said that Matteo Bobbi, Gianmaria Bruni, Daniel la Rosa and Enrico Toccacelo are all in the running for the seat.

The Canadian entry, piloted by Formula Renault UK racer Sean McIntosh will be run by British team John Village Automotive. Businessman Wade Cherwayko has taken over the franchise.

A1 Grand Prix founder Sheikh Maktoum, congratulated the teams on winning the remaining three franchises: "I am pleased to welcome three countries with such a strong motorsport pedigree to the A1 Grand Prix family.

"We now have 25 countries battling for the honour of being the best in the world, in a competition that starts in only a few short days."

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