Adrian Campos has decided to use the success of his eponymous team in this year's GP2 Series as the catalyst to move on to other things.
Renamed for 2008 courtesy of a major sponsorship deal, Barwa Campos International used the experience of Lucas di Grassi to transform its fortunes in 2008, the Brazilian coming on board after the Monaco round and hauling the team not only into contention for race wins, but also helping take it to the teams' championship title after a series of podium finishes. di Grassi also finished third in the individual standings, despite missing the first three double-headers of the season.
Finally achieving a title after spending the first couple of year's as the category's whipping boy, Campos has now revealed that he is stepping back from the helm in order to concentrate on other racing commitments, including an unspecified 'new project', while handing control of the GP2 operation to long-time partner Alejandro Agag. Campos has sold his shares to the businessman, who now transforms a majority stake into 100 per cent ownership of the team.
"I believe that is a suitable moment to think about other projects that I have had in mind for some time ago," Campos wrote on the team's website, "I will continue to spend time with our F3 team, as I believe that I overlooked that in recent years, but I will also set in motion another project that excites me, and one that I have high hopes for the future and that I expect to make public very soon.
"I could not be leaving the ]GP2] team in better hands. Alejandro has assured me that he intends to continue the programme, and I am sure that he will do things as well as we have in the past few years. I just want to take this opportunity to thank, publicly, everyone who has helped and supported the team over these years."
Agag, who was being linked to a possible buy-out of the ailing Super Aguri F1 team earlier this year, will take the reins of the Campos GP2 team with immediate effect, and has little time to get adjusted to the driving seat with the first round of the second GP2 Asia Series kicking off in Shanghai this weekend. It is not yet known whether he will change the team name to reflect the change of ownership.
"I only have words of gratitude for Adrian after he took us to victory in the teams' championship," Agag said, "He turned a team that was already the best there was in Spanish motorsport into the best structured and most competitive in the first category below Formula One.
"I have been privileged to learn so much about such a complicated and beautiful sport, to work with and gain experience from someone like Adrian. His decision leaves an impossible hole to fill, but we understand that he has new challenges that he wants to attack and which, without doubt, will also enjoy the sort of success that he has achieved in everything he has tried."
What Campos' 'new project' may be remains open to speculation, but the Spaniard has made no secret about his desire to graduate to Formula One as a team owner. He was linked to Agag's interest in Super Aguri before negotiations with the F1 backmarker ended and, as recently as last week, was reported as having secured funding to build a 'multi-million Euro' wind tunnel – comprising a 40 per cent scale wind tunnel and seven-poster rig – close to Valencia 'as the next step towards F1'.