Lyons to make A1GP debut in Sentul

Richard Lyons will make his A1GP debut when he drives for A1 Team Ireland in this weekend's event in Sentul, Indonesia

Lyons to make A1GP debut in Sentul

The 27-year-old will be supported by test and reserve driver John O'Hara and the team's principal driver so far this season, Michael Devaney.

Lyons is currently racing for Nissan in the Japanese Super GT series.

"I am really looking forward to making my A1GP debut for Ireland," said Lyons. "I have followed the series very closely since it started in 2005 and was happy to help the team out in Malaysia.

"The opportunity to race in Sentul was unexpected, but the strategy of being able to run an experienced driver in all the sessions should help us make progress against the opposition and I'm going to be giving it one hundred percent effort to help the team compete to win."

Team owner Mark Kershaw added: "Richard's agreement to join us for next weekend's race in Indonesia is important as it will give the team a real opportunity to improve its competitiveness.

"Under this year's new rules we have been forced to split practice sessions between drivers while some of our rivals including the series-leading German team have run one driver in all sessions.

"By putting Richard in the car this weekend he can compete in all the sessions, and he brings with him enormous experience.

"Since we can only enter one car in A1GP it's been a tough decision to take given the enormous effort that John and Michael have put in this season, but their reaction has been fantastic - entirely supportive and professional.

"The whole team understands this is about giving Ireland's A1GP team the best chance to progress."

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