Scuderia Coloni have confirmed that they will be fielding 18-year-old Italian Kevin Ceccon at the 2011 GP2 Final event, to be held as a support race to the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi on the Yas Marina Circuit in November.
Ceccon drove for four race weekends during this year's regular GP2 season, after being called up as an emergency stop-gap in the wake of Davide Rigon's injury in a sprint race crash at the opening weekend in Turkey. However, Ceccon failed to finish in the points and opted to drop out of GP2 mid-season following Silverstone in order to concentrate on his Auto GP championship bid, which paid off handsomely when he clinched the title by just 3pts over Luca Filippi.
"Kevin, with his young age and an Auto GP overall title won just some days ago, is undoubtedly the most interesting Italian talent, and he has a great potential," said team boss Paolo Coloni. "Our aim is to keep working with him in the same direction."
Prior to the GP2 Final, Ceccon will also take to the track for Coloni in the next two-day test session scheduled in Barcelona later this month. Ceccon also has time in the car at the tests in Jerez last month and posted the fifth fastest time overall by the end of the two days of running.
"We are really happy of having Kevin with us already in Barcelona, that way we will have the time to prepare ourselves for the Abu Dhabi finale in the best possible fashion," said Coloni. "Those days will be very important as they will give us the chance to both carry-on with technical program on the car and make useful evaluations looking ahead to 2012."
Other than Ceccon, the only driver currently confirmed for the GP2 Final event is Lotus ART's Esteban Gutierrez, who last month announced a deal to race for the team in 2012 as well as at the October tests at Barcelona and the race weekend at Abu Dhabi.
GP2 and its tyre supplier Pirelli are hoping to encourage a large number of new faces from the GP3 formula to make their debut in the series at Abu Dhabi, by offering a 15,000 Euros special prize to the 2011 GP3 driver with the most points at the end of the feature and sprint races. The second highest will receive a runners-up prize of 10,000 Euros.