Davide Rigon will continue his stealthy climb up the motorsport ladder when he makes his GP2 race debut in round four of the Asia Series, in Qatar, this weekend.
The Italian, who came to wider attention by taking a surprise Superleague Formula title for Chinese football club Beijing Guoan in 2008, will become the latest driver to run under the Trident Racing banner in GP2's winter series, joining fellow rookie Francesco Provenzano as he attempts to cement a deal to contest the regular season
"I'm really honoured to have this new opportunity," 22-year old Rigon commented, "First, this deal will finally get me back in an open-wheel car after more than two months while, second, the agreement with Trident Racing will enable me to get in touch with the team that I hope to partner during the GP2 main series in 2009.
"I tested [Fisichella Motor Sport International's] GP2 Dallara back in November 2007, and I remember it was a really light and reactive car, which I really enjoyed to drive. I'll have to build the feeling back but, since I'm feeling really fit and focused, I think it will be a natural process."
As well as being unfamiliar with the Losail circuit, which GP2 visits for the first time, the former Italian F3 and Euro F3000 champion will join the rest of the Asia Series field in also having to get used to running under lights, following the historic agreement to stage the category's first ever night race using the illumination already in place for MotoGP.
"I'll find a totally unknown track at Qatar, but the difficulties will be balanced by the fascinating night atmosphere, which will be also new to everybody," the Italian confirmed, "I really respect the GP2 field, which features several true top-class drivers, and I don't know what to expect in terms of results, but the primary goal for this race will be to create a strong relationship with the team - and avoid making mistakes.”