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Carroll to get chance with team Ireland

By Sammy Hamill

Adam Carroll could be in line to drive for Team Ireland in the winter A1GP series.

The Ulsterman, currently driving for the Fisichella team in the GP2 championship, was invited to join Team Ireland at the "rookie evaluation " sessions at Snetterton this week.

Carroll, of course, is no racing rookie and joined the session on Tuesday fresh from his GP2 victory at the Hungaroring. But he has never driven in A1GP, the World Cup of Motorsport, and all new drivers are given rookie status.

Team Ireland owner Mark Kershaw said that Carroll was just one of several drivers being considered for the 2007/2008 season, which begins in Holland next month.

"This week's rookie evaluation is the beginning of our on-track work for season three," said Kershaw. "We invited Adam to take part in order to help us examine possibilities in the future.

"One of the great things about A1GP is that teams can evaluate and nominate a squad of drivers.

"We are also talking to former drivers who have performed well for us and other rookies who are interested in racing for Ireland's national team, but it's early days yet.

" The first Silverstone test in a couple of weeks time will be more meaningful when we actually test against other teams, but we won't be rushing into any decisions."

Carroll, from Portadown, was shortlisted by the GB team but dropped when he was unavailable for a driver shoot-out because of sponsor commitments after he had won the Monaco GP2 race.

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