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Duran to BCN for Monza?

Salvador Duran might be poised to make his GP2 Series debut this weekend, with various rumours combining to suggest that he may replace Adrian Valles as BCN Competicion for the season finale at Monza.

The Spaniard has already confirmed that he will not be at Monza, preferring instead to continue his sportscar campaign in the Le Mans Series at Silverstone, leaving a seat free alongside the inexperienced Carlos Iaconelli for the Italian double-header.

While nothing has been confirmed by the team, or the GP2 Series, Duran's 'status' on the popular networking site earlier this week read '@ BCN', suggesting that he was at least in contact with Enrique Scalabroni's team regarding the vacancy. The Mexican has been plying his trade in the World Series by Renault for the past couple of seasons, but knows that hew will need to look towards GP2 next season if he is to achieve his aim of being an F1 driver in the future.

The other alternative, however, is that BCN could run a single car, although this would be frowned upon by series organisers, who pride themselves on having a full grid unless force majeure exists. That was the case in Monaco when BCN, ironically, lost Milos Pavlovic to an unspecified 'overnight incident' at the team hotel. The nature of that situation has never been fully disclosed, but Pavlovic missed both races in the Principality and has not returned to the BCN cockpit since....

It should be a low-key debut should the union happen, as BCN has again under-performed in GP2, having managed just five points in nine double-header rounds. Valles' move to the Spanish squad from Fisichella Motorsport International was seen as a surprise by many, and he has only rarely shown anything like the form he managed in the Asia Series over the winter. It appears that sportscar racing may now be his future, despite F1 ambitions leading to a test role at Spyker last season.

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