GianMarco Raimondo will take over the second Trident Racing seat for this weekend's round of the GP2 Series championship at Marina Bay in Singapore, the team announced on Monday.

The 22-year-old Canadian with Italian heritage was a runner-up in last year's European Formula 3 Open Series, and will be stepping into the team's #21 car that was originally held by Kevin Ceccon and then Ricardo Teixeira, before being taken up by Sergio Campana for the most recent race outing at Monza.

"It's a great feeling to know that I will be driving in the fascinating frame of Singapore with Trident Racing," said Raimondo, who will be making his maiden outing in GP2. "I've been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.

Raimondo has been left out of full-time racing in 2013 after failing to find a suitable opportunity and sponsorship following his European F3 success, and was understandable keen and excited to accept Trident's offer of an outing at the penultimate weekend of the 2013 GP2 Series.

"Even though I haven't raced in a while. I didn't stop my through physical and mental training so I could be ready in case a chance like this materialised," Raimondo insisted. "My goal is to reward all the people who helped me to get this opportunity with a good week-end.

"It will be my debut with a GP2 car in a race but I already want to thank all the people who made this possible," he added.

It won't be an easy week-end for Raimondo, who will have to familiarise himself with an all-new category and a very demanding street circuit. He'll be joined in Singapore by the team's regular lead driver, Frenchmen Nathanael Berthon in the #20 car.

The weekend will start with the running of free practice at 4:45pm local time on Friday, with qualifying following at 8pm. Race 1 will get underway on Saturday at 4.05pm, followed by Race 2 at 4.10pm on Sunday.


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