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Rigon joins Coloni for main series

2 May 2011

Italian driver Davide Rigon has been confirmed as Coloni's choice for their second car in the GP2, and will be on the grid for the team next weekend as GP2 returns to action as a support race at the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey in Istanbul.

Rigon, who graduated from Italian motorsports series to appear in International Formula Master and FIA GT Championship, and last season won the Superleague Formula championship title with the RSC Anderlecht team. Earlier this year he was signed up by Scuderia Ferrari as one of their stable of test and development drivers working with Ferrari's simulator programme. He had his first experience of a Ferrari F1 car when he conducted aerodynamic testing for the team at the start of March.

In GP2, he has previously been associated with Trident Racing. He competed in the second half of the 2008/9 GP2 Asia season and ended that run with third place in the second Bahrain sprint race, which was a springboard to a full-season seat at the team in 2009 for the GP2 main series. However it proved to be a frustrating year and he won only 3pts in 18 races, his best results being fifth in the Belgian sprint race and eighth in the Hungary feature event.

The 24-year-old racer will be hoping that a switch to Coloni will provide better omens for 2011.

"I am very happy to be back in GP2 and do so with an experienced team like Coloni," he said. "This is a team with a glorious past and important technical skills.

"Since the first two days of testing at Silverstone we have had a great feeling and I am glad that Paul and Enzo Coloni believe in me so much. In Barcelona, we have shown that we work well together and we believe that we can get great results this season."

Team co-owner Paolo Coloni said that he was "satisfied like never before with the line-up we have this season. Davide was able to fit in our team quickly thanks to his good nature and his professionalism."

He went on, "We feel we have two drivers with the right skills and maturity to handle even the most complex stages of the race and we hope that this, combined with the constructive spirit that animates the team, can bring great results."

Rigon's team mate at Coloni, Michael Herck, set the fastest time of anyone at the final pre-season testing sessions at Barcelona in April, while Rigon himself also took part in the testing with Coloni and rebounded from a lack of running on the first afternoon to set the second fastest time of the final afternoon session.


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