Yuhi Sekiguchi will join Michael Herck in competing for David Price Racing during the upcoming GP2 Asia Series, the team have confirmed.
A former Japanese Formula 3 driver, Sekiguchi has been racing in the European-based Formula Master Series this season, the 20-year-old managing a best result of fourth place on the way to 13th in the standings.
Invited to take part in DPR's pre-season testing last week, Sekiguchi impressed the team by proving just a tenth slower than more experienced team-mate Herck after just a single day in the car.
“The test was very productive for us, two days of gathering data at the circuit which we are to race on next weekend is always going to be useful,” said team principal David Price. “We were impressed with Yuhi Sekiguchi during the test; he showed natural speed and got to grips with the GP2 car pretty quickly.”
Herck, meanwhile, will be making his second GP2 Asia appearance after making his debut with FMS International last year. Coupled to a European season of GP2 racing with DPR too, Price is confident the Romanian driver has the ability to show what he has learnt.
“Michael will continue to gain top level racing by competing in the GP2 Asia Series for his second season, although his first with DPR. He is now accustomed to the slightly more powerful new GP2 car which he has been running in all season, so hopefully this will be a good learning experience for him.
“We're hoping that we can have a good season as we did last year when we scored our first podium in the GP2 Asia Series.”
DPR finished 11th overall last season thanks largely to a podium finish from Andy Soucek in the first round. The Spaniard would be replaced by Diego Nunes from that point on though.