Greg Mansell has confirmed that he will combine a continuation of his single-seater career with a much-hyped sportscar partnership with father Nigel this season, after inking a deal to drive for Comtec Racing in the World Series by Renault.
The decision, according to Mansell, was a straightforward one after he and Comtec enjoyed a successful one-off partnership at the end of the 2009 season, capped by a blistering performance in qualifying that saw him progress to the Superpole session at Motorland Aragon.
“It was a very unexpected deal for both parties, but it was a good weekend and we learnt a lot about the team, which led onto the deal we made for this year,” Mansell commented, "Comtec are a very genuine and honest team, and we are working hard towards the same goals. I'll bring total commitment and determination, and we have a good direction going forwards.”
Comtec team manager John Barnett said that the Norfolk squad - which won in 2009 with fellow Briton Jon Lancaster - was 'delighted and proud' to have Mansell on board.
"We feel it's a compliment that he has chosen to join Comtec Racing to go racing,” he added, “I think a lot of people were surprised by his raw pace from the moment he got in the car. He was running top six in testing most of the time, and we hope to show the world this year, what he is capable of, and what the team is capable of doing to bring the best out of the driver.”
Mansell's deal is the latest in a number that have helped to shape the 2010 World Series field. With a month to go before the first group test in Barcelona, the list of contenders hoping to follow in the footsteps of 2009 champion Bertrand Baguette is led by International Draco Racing's pairing of 19-year old Colombian Julian Leal and reigning French FRenault champion Nathanael Berthon.
P1 Motorsport and Tech 1 Racing have also completed their line-ups, with newcomers featuring heavily in both. British F3 runner-up Walter Grubmuller and Le Mans Series champion Jan Charouz - the newest member of Renault's brand new 'RF1 Driver Programme - will team up at P1, while Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo, the reigning British F3 champion, and F1 test driver Brendon Hartley will form the Tech 1 squad. Both teams hope to reclaim the WSbR crown won in recent seasons.
The connection between the WSbR and F1 gains extra weight as MoFaz Racing becomes Lotus F1 Racing Junior Team courtesy of owner Fairuz Fauzy's role as test driver for the grand prix newcomer. The team will run the same livery as the F1 team.
Albert Costa, winner of the 2009 FRenault Eurocup, will stay with Epsilon Euskadi as he graduates, while Federico Leo heads into his second season with Pons Racing.
Carlin Motorsport, Fortec Motorsports, Interwetten.com Racing and SG Formula are expected to announce their line-ups in the run-up to testing, while series newcomers ISR and KMP Group prepare to compete for the first time with Filip Salaquardra at the former and Russian Anton Neblitskiy at KMP.
The 13 teams that make up the WSbR field will meet up for the first time this season in Barcelona over 4-5 March, before moving on to Jerez (13-14 March) and Motorland Aragon (26-27 March), where the sixth edition of championship is set to kick off for real over 16-18 April.