Australian driver Christian Jones makes his first trip to Zhuhai this weekend as he tries to defend his Asian Formula Three title - but his dream lies elsewhere. Jones, the son of 1980 Formula One world champion Alan Jones, has his heart set on joining his father in the newly created A1 Grand Prix, a 25-nation series devised and bankrolled by Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum al-Maktoum of Dubai. The series, which is to start at England's Brands Hatch circuit in September, has been devised to fill the void when Formula One shuts down. 'I drove the A1 Grand Prix car recently at Eastern Creek [in Australia] and that was a great experience,' said Jones, whose father is now in charge of the Australian A1 Grand Prix team. 'The car felt more like a Formula One car with the paddle shifts, twice the horse power of a Formula Three car and no traction control. My biggest hope in 2005 is that I can race it for Australia. The A1 Grand Prix does not start until September so I will keep doing Asian Formula Three at least until then.' Jones, 25, has a fight on his hands to defend his title after playing second fiddle to Indonesia's Ananda Mikola in the opening two legs of the 2005 championship at the Batangas Racing Circuit in the Philippines. Although he has not driven around the Zhuhai circuit, Jones said: 'I like Zhuhai. It is not far from Hong Kong where I have many friends and I hope they will all come over to give me some support.' Jones rated Irish driver John O'Hara [third and fourth in the first two legs] as one of his biggest rivals this weekend, along with Mikola. 'Ananda Mikola and John O'Hara drive for Three Bond and Toyota Team Tom's respectively. But I have my own team [Christian Jones Motorsport], and if I beat them, it will give me extra satisfaction,' said Jones, who finished 17th in last year's Macau Grand Prix. Zhuhai will also this weekend host the third and fourth rounds of the Asian Formula Renault, the Hong Kong Touring Cars Championship and Lotus Challenge.