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Jakes and Fauzy sign up for 2011

British driver James Jakes and Malaysia's Fairuz Fauzy have confirmed deals to drive in the 2011 GP2 series championships.
Leeds-born James Jakes has confirmed that he has signed to race for Scuderia Coloni in GP2 in 2011, having appeared the Italian outfit for the final round of the 2010 GP2 series when he replaced Alvaro Parente at Yas Marina. He went on to undertake further post-season testing with the team at the circuit.

"We were amazed by his progression in Abu Dhabi. He learned a lot in the race weekend, and this proved to be very useful for the following testing session," said team boss Paolo Coloni. "Furthermore, he had an instant feeling with the team, getting along really well with the engineers and all the guys. Working together was a pleasure."

"Recognising the skill and enthusiasm existing at Scuderia Coloni this year, I felt they were the best option for me," agreed the 23-year old, acknowledging that he had also had discussions with other teams before making the decision.

He completes Coloni's line-up for the forthcoming season alongside Michael Herck, whose switch from DRP to Coloni had already been announced last November. Jakes had previously driven for Super Nova Racing in last year's GP2 Asia series but was replaced in the GP2 series itself by Marcus Ericsson from the second round.

For 2011, Super Nova itself has announced the signing of 28-year-old driver Fairuz Fauzy to drive for them in both GP2 Asia and GP2 in 2011. Fauzy is currently test driver for the Lotus Renault Formula One team, and will continue to combine that role with his drives for Super Nova.

It marks a return to the team for Fauzy who previously drove for the team in the 2006 GP2 series and subsequently the 2008 GP2 Asia series. Since then he has appeared in the now-defunct A1GP world cup of motorsport for Malaysia, as well as finishing second in the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 series championship.

"It is with great pleasure that we welcome Fairuz Fauzy back into the Super Nova team," said team boss David Sears, adding that Fauzy's extra experience from the intervening time since his last GP2 races should ensure "that he will surprise a lot of people this year with some excellent results."

"I am very happy to be back in GP2 and with Super Nova who I have fond memories of after the success we achieved in GP2 Asia," said Fauzy. He confirmed that "GP2 is my priority this year," adding: "I aim to win as many races as possible but also consistently pick up points to keep me at the top end of the championship."

It is yet to be confirmed who will take the other race seat for Super Nova.



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