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Lancaster joins Melker at Ocean in Malaysia

British driver Jon Lancaster will be on the GP2 Series grid at Sepang in Malaysia this weekend, working alongside Nigel Melker in the season opener.
Ocean Racing Technology's co-managers Jose Guedes and Tiago Monteiro are confident that their squad is heading to the GP2 season opener in Malaysia this weekend with every chance of success.

"We have brought together the necessary conditions to do great things," they said as the team arrived at the Sepang International Circuit ready for Friday's practice and qualifying sessions. "Our technical crew is excellent and our two drivers are great professionals, fast and consistent. We just hope that these qualities will be reflected in the race results."

The Portuguese team recently confirmed that it was handing an opportunity to British driver Jon Lancaster to take the second seat in the opening race weekend of 2012. The 23-year-old from Leeds has already been involved with Ocean's testing programme at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona in Spain earlier this month.

"Words cannot describe how I feel about this opportunity," said Lancaster after the announcement. “I know that I have a lot of work to do to adapt to this new stage in my career, the GP2 Series."

Lancaster hasn't had a full time ride in a series since the end of his second season in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2010. Last year, he had one outing in Formula 2 and then two rounds of Auto GP - which included a race win at Donington Park driving for Super Nova Racing alongside Luca Filippi.

"There have been a lot of ups and downs over the past few years," Lancaster admitted. "But now that I have this opportunity, I'm looking forward to getting the job done."

Malaysia will be a tough way to start in the series, with its notorious energy-sapping humidity taking its toll on even the fittest drivers, and a likelihood of thunderstorms threatening the challenge of some seriously wet sessions to contend with.

"The first weekend will be very important because it will be the first time I am racing in a competition in this championship, but also because it will be the first time we can compare ourselves to our competitors and find out where we stand," agreed Lancaster. "I am optimistic and confident."

Lancaster's signing means he will be racing alongside another GP2 Series rookie in 2012, 21-year-old Dutch driver Nigel Melker who was signed up by Ocean before Christmas after what Monteiro and Guedes called "a remarkable season" in GP3 and F3 in 2011.




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Nigel Melker (NED) while racing for RSC Mucke Motorsport at the final GP3 race of the 2011 season at Monza. [Photo credit: Drew Gibson/GP3 Media Service.]
Jon Lancaster (GBR, Ocean Racing Technology) in action during day 1 of 2012 GP2 Series Testing. Barcelona, Spain. Tuesday 6th March 2012. [World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Nigel Melker (NED, Ocean Racing Technology) during day 1 of GP2 Series Pre-Season Testing at Jerez, Spain - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Jon Lancaster (GBR, Ocean Racing Technology) in action on day 2 of 2012 GP2 Series Testing. Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 7th March 2012. [World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Jon Lancaster (GBR, Ocean Racing Technology) in the Ocean car on day 2 of 2012 GP2 Series Testing. Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 7th March 2012. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
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Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
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