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iSport signs Jolyon Palmer for 2012 campaign

The iSport International team has signed up British driver Jolyon Palmer, who will race alongside Marcus Ericsson in the 2012 season.
The iSport International team have announced that they have signed 20-year-old British driver Jolyon Palmer to race for them in 2012.

'I'm delighted to be joining iSport for my second GP2 season," said Palmer as the news was confirmed. "I can't wait to get started!"

Palmer drove for the Arden International team in 2011 in both the GP2 and GP2 Asia Series, before switching to Barwa Addax for the GP2 Final which saw him finish with a season-best result of third place in the feature race. Palmer tested for the Barwa Addax and Carlin teams during the post-season sessions at Jerez and Barcelona, and also spent a day testing with iSport.

"I learnt a lot with Arden last year," he said. "iSport are a proven front-running team in GP2 and I have experience running with them in winter testing, so I am sure we will work well together."

The team principle of iSport, Paul Jackson, was delighted with his new signing. "Having tested with Jolyon twice now and watched his progress during 2011 up to his impressive podium in Abu Dhabi, we are delighted that he will be joining iSport for the coming season," he said.

Palmer was keen to set some ambitious objectives for the year, but was confident that they were still realistic ones. "I'm aiming for the top three in the championship," he said.

Jackson agreed: "With his rookie season under his belt, it is the right time for him to be looking for consistent podiums and regular points hauls that will put him in contention for the championship," he said. "Jolyon has shown a good work ethic and an ability to learn and apply the results of testing, so we expect to see the results of that bear fruit early on."

Palmer was also excited to GP2's new look in 2012, with the European and Asian series merging to produce a truly global support series operating alongside F1. "The calendar this year is great and the prospect of racing in Malaysia and Singapore is extremely exciting," he said.

Ultimately Palmer has his eyes set on the top prize of Grand Prix racing in the future, and knows that 2012 will be a vital opportunity to make a name for himself in the F1 paddock that will be watching the 12-round, 24-race GP2 season.

"I must say thanks to my sponsors and also to iSport for showing faith in me," said Palmer. "I know that I need to repay them with results this year if I am going to continue my progress towards my F1 goal."

Palmer will be joined by his new team mate Marcus Ericsson for the official pre-season tests at Jerez on February 28-March 1 and the following week in Barcelona from March 6-8, ahead of the first round of the season in Sepang on March 23-25 as a support race to the F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia.



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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, Barwa Addax Team) .[Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) celebrates his victory on the podium with Luiz Razia (BRA, Team AirAsia) and Jolyon Palmer (GBR, Barwa Addax Team) after the 2011 GP2 Final Saturday feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - November 2011. [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, Arden International). Portrait. [Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with team mate Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) celebrates after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with his father Jonathan after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) sprays champagne on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Daniel Abt (GER, Hilmer Motorsport), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Artem Markelov (RUS, RT RUSSIAN TIME) at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) battle for the lead at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) elebrate at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)

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