Super Nova Racing has revealed an all-rookie driver line-up for the 2010 GP2 Series after signing highly-rated youngsters Marcus Ericsson and Josef Kral.

Ericsson and Kral, both aged 19, join Super Nova having already taken their first steps into GP2 competition by entering the Asia Series, their acquisition marking a change of policy for a team that ran experienced racers Luca Filippi and Javier Villa in 2009

Although both drivers have followed different paths in reaching the same point, Ericsson having won the Japanese Formula 3 title and Kral finishing third in the Formula Masters Championship, they are familiar with one another after embarking on an exciting dual for the Formula BMW UK Championship in 2007.

On that occasion Ericsson was triumphant and the Swede, who is mentored by former Super Nova Formula 3000 frontrunner and Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack, is looking forward to this time teaming up, rather than going head-to-head, with his former rival.

"I am really looking forward taking the step up from F3 to GP2 with Super Nova Racing and cannot wait to get going," said Ericsson, who is racing in the Asia Series with ART Grand Prix. "I want to thank everyone in the team, in my management and sponsors who make this opportunity possible.

"Part of the battle in racing is "gelling" with the team but Kenny Brack, part of my management, was very successful with Super Nova in F3000 in 1996 so it feels like family already, despite not having started yet.

"I expect it to be a very tough season. GP2 have very limited track time and the cars are blindingly fast so it's a lot to learn in very little time. But I did quite a few miles in GP2 and with the Brawn F1 team in the autumn of 2009 so I know what's required and I feel more than ready for the challenge.

"Josef, my team mate and I have had great battles in the past so I expect this to continue but hopefully we can also help the team to develop the car to keep us competitive overall"

Kral, meanwhile, has already made an appearance with Super Nova having agreed to race with the team in the Asia Series, the Czech driver impressing on his debut at Abu Dhabi by finishing on the podium.

"We had a really good first round in GP2 Asia, although the cars are quite different to the Main Series, together with the Main Series test in Paul Ricard, its all good preparation. In France, we were sixth with only one day on track that was pretty good.

"My expectations are high, I obviously want to score very good points throughout the season, you need to because its so competitive, but other than that I don't know what to expect! I just want to do as well as I can.

"Racing again with Marcus will be good fun, like before, but I think it is a good opportunity for us both. We will push each other, and just see what happens.

"I'm hoping GP2 will open a lot of new important contacts for me, obviously F1 depends on the results I get, but I'm a very much looking forward to the season ahead."

Despite the young driver line-up, team manager David Sears is confident both Ericsson and Kral can shine in their rookie campaigns, just as 2009 champion Nico Hulkenberg did for ART last season.

"Super Nova Racing has changed their policy. Last year we ran two veteran GP2 drivers, but this season we have two very promising rookie drivers. We saw ART Grand Prix doing this, and thought if they can we can too!

"GP2 is an established breeding ground for future F1 drivers, and it is great to be able to give these young drivers the opportunity at this high level of racing.

"Marcus Ericsson in fact came and introduced himself as few years ago, and I was very impressed with his attitude even then. I have tracked both their driving careers with interest, and think with the Super Nova team, we have a promising season ahead of us."

Additionally, Ericsson and Kral will become the first Swedish and Czech drivers respectively to compete in GP2 since its formation in 2005.


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