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Kevin Ceccon replaces Rigon in Barcelona

Scuderia Coloni has announced that 17-year-old AutoGP, Italian and European F3 Championship driver Kevin Ceccon will replace the injured Davide Rigon in GP2 in Barcelona this weekend.
Scuderia Coloni has confirmed that 17-year-old Italian racing driver Kevin Ceccon will be driving for them at this weekend's GP2 feature and sprint races at Barcelona.

Ceccon replaces regular driver Davide Rigon, who suffered multiple fractures to the tibia and fibula of his left leg following an accident triggered by Rapax driver Julian Leal on the main straight toward the end of the GP2 series sprint race in Turkey.

Rigon needed surgery the following day for his injuries, which inserted over 20 pins into the shattered area. Now back home in Italy, Rigon is expected to need a long period away from racing to recuperate and rehabilitate. While doctors remain cautious about the prognosis for his eventual return to racing, some reports suggest Rigon could be out of commission for at least six months.

Despite his age - he'll become the youngest driver in this year's GP2 field when he takes to the track in Barcelona on Friday - Kevin Ceccon represents something of a safe pair of hands and a known quantity to the Coloni team, who are understandably still reeling from what happened to Rigon.

Ceccon took part in the two of the four days of post-season testing in 2010 with Coloni at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. After that time with the team, he then switched to DPR for the remaining two days of the test. His previous racing experience has been in the Italian Formula Three championship and the European F3 Open Championship, in which he finished in fourth place in 2010.

The young Italian - who hails from Clusone in the north of the country - is currently racing for Ombra Racing in AutoGP and is in fourth place after two races, finishing on the podium in Monza at the weekend.

"I think Kevin is the most interesting young Italian driver around at the moment," said team boss Paolo Coloni, who said he was delighted at being able to give Ceccon a chance to establish himself at the next level up. "He did a good job to finish in the top three at Monza."

As well as this weekend's appearance at Barcelona, Ceccon will also be given an outing at Spa-Francorchamps in the GP2 series event there on the last weekend in August.

"These two races will be a great chance to prepare himself for the 2012 season," said Coloni.

It's unclear what the squad intend to do for a driver for the remainder of the races over the summer, with Monaco scheduled for the final weekend in May. GP2 then takes a month off before Valencia, which is scheduled near the end of June.

Ceccon's team mate at Barcelona will be Coloni's Romanian full-season signing, Michael Herck.



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2010 GP2 Series Testing. YAS Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. Sunday 28th November 2010. Kevin Ceccon, (ITA, DPR) [Picture Copyright: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
2010 GP2 Series Testing. YAS Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. Wednesday 24th November 2010. Kevin Ceccon, (ITA, Scuderia Coloni). [Picture Copyright: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Jenzer Motorsport) during the first day of GP3 post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 27 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Jenzer Motorsport) during the first day of GP3 post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 27 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Jenzer Motorsport) during practice at Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 6th September. Friday 5 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 10 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), celebrates his win after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Matheo Tuscher (SUI, Jenzer Motorsport), leads Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the start of race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patrick Kujala (FIN, Marussia Manor Racing) & Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) go off-track during race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), celebrates his win after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), celebrates his win after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), celebrates his win after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), celebrates his win after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), Matheo Tuscher (SUI, Jenzer Motorsport) & Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Tom Dillmann, (FRA, Arden International), leads Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) and Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) during the sprint race at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Tom Dillmann, (FRA, Arden International) during the sprint race at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) after the sprint race at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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