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Carroll eyes a Chinese takeaway bonanza

By Sammy Hamill

Adam Carroll is hoping for an early Christmas present when he lines up for Team Ireland in this weekend's Chinese round of the A1GP series.

The Zhuhai circuit, located on the Chinese coast and an hour's ferry ride from Hong Kong, is new to all the A1 teams and Carroll sees it as a " level playing field" as he bids to build on his promising start with the Balmayne Irish team.

They are currently seventh in the table and Carroll has scored more points already than the team amassed in all of last season's series.

He was on the podium in his first appearance for the team at Brno and last time out in Malaysia, the Portadown driver progressed from P13 at the rolling start in the Sprint Race to finish seventh and despite a spin in the feature race he recovered well to finish seventh again.

"We were on the back foot from day one in Malaysia so in the circumstances it was good to come away with two finishes in the points," he said.

"But we know where we need to improve and hopefully we'll be much stronger from the very beginning here in China," he said. "It is a new circuit to everyone and I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

Since the last race, Carroll flew into Dublin to join team owner Mark Kershaw at Motorsport Ireland's Dunlop Champions of Irish Motorsport Awards lunch.

Formula BMW racer Niall Quinn was announced as the Dunlop Young Racing Driver of the Year and will join the Team Ireland at Eastern Creek in Australia on February 1 to take part in the rookie test as part of his prize for winning the award.

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