Carlin has announced Johnny Cecotto Jr will join its team from the Silverstone GP2 Series round after Marco Sorensen opted to focus on his GT commitments.

The son of former motorcycle world champion Johnny Cecotto, the Venezuelan is one of the most experienced drivers to have raced in GP2 having started 108 races since his debut back in 2009.

Having failed to land a full-time drive for 2015, Cecotto has nonetheless taken in four starts with Hilmer Motorsport this year, but will now pair Julian Leal at Carlin at Silverstone.

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"I'm really excited to be back in the GP2 car especially with a team with such a history in motor racing," said the four-time race winner. "After a few years of being quite close to working together, it's great to finally race together with Carlin. I love Silverstone, I've had several podiums there so it's great to be going back."

Cecotto replaces Sorensen in the team after the Dane chose to focus on his commitments in the World Endurance Championship, where he currently competes with the factory Aston Martin GT squad.

"We're very sad to see Marco leave us at such an early stage before he had the chance to fulfil his potential with us, but we fully understand the decision to now focus on his GT Racing activities. He's a very likeable guy and we wish he lots of the luck for the future.

"At such short notice we wanted a driver who could jump in and be confident in the current GP2 car and was capable of delivering a good result. I'm looking forward to seeing Julian and Johnny work together this weekend."

As a measure of Cecotto's experience in GP2, he is the only driver from the 2009 and 2010 seasons to then start a GP2 race in 2015.