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Arden and Rapax name GP2 Final drivers

8 November 2011

Arden International has named Josef Kral and Simon Trummer as their drivers for this weekend's GP2 Final event, supporting the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit, while the Rapax team have named Dani Clos and Mihai Marinescu as their drivers for the weekend, with Clos moving from Racing Engineering after three years.

Kral ran a full GP2 season with Arden in 2011 but finished on the podium only once, at Spa. His new team mate for the weekend, 22-year-old Swiss driver Simon Trummer, is stepping up to GP2 after a season with Arden's GP3 team.

"I am pleased that both Josef and Simon will be racing with us in Abu Dhabi," said team co-founder Garry Horner, father of Red Bull Racing team principal Christian. "It is great to continue our relationship with Josef into this event at Yas Marina, where he has had successful results both in testing and racing.

"Having tested Simon in both the GP2 post-season tests with good results, we are pleased to give Simon the opportunity to move up into a GP2 car and stay within the Arden team," Horner added.

"I am very happy to be back in the team where I raced all season," said Kral. "I hope that we can build on the experience what we gained throughout the season and hopefully turn in to some good results in Abu Dhabi."

Trummer said that the opportunity was "definitely my season highlight - to race with such a great team as Arden in Abu Dhabi! I'm so happy that I have this chance!," adding: "After a great test I feel really comfortable with the car and in the team. I feel like I have raced for them all my career."

Rapax have similarly opted for a mix of GP2 experience and new blood, but the selection of three-season veteran Dani Clos is a surprise, after the Spanish driver had spent all his time in the series to date with Racing Engineering. Clos will also have a trial in an HRT F1 car in the F1 Young Drivers Test that will be held next week.

22-year-old Romanian driver Mihai Marinescu will be making his GP2 d├ębut, after having spent two seasons in the FIA Formula Two Championship. He won his first race in the series in October, at Monza.

The GP2 Final will be running a similar schedule to the GP2 championship weekends, with free practice on Friday morning after the end of F1 Free Practice 1, and qualifying in the afternoon following the end of F1 Free Practice 2.

The longer feature race event will be held on Saturday afternoon following qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix, and the shorter sprint race will be on Sunday morning.

While the GP2 Final event does not contribute GP2 championship, which concluded with the September race at Monza, drivers will still score points under the current system to determine which of the drivers stepping up from GP3 win the one-off special cash prize from Pirelli, with the 2011 GP3 driver scoring the most points receiving 15,000 Euros and the second highest-scoring 2011 GP3 driver receiving 10,000 Euros.


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