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Bonanomi replaces Yoong at Meritus.

Marco Bonanomi will join QI-Meritus Racing for the latest round of the GP2 Asia Series after being called on to replace Alex Yoong in the team.

The Italian driver competed in the series last season with Piquet Sports, ending the year with a surprise victory at Dubai to finish 12th in the overall standings. The 23-year-old went on to spend his summer competing in the World Series by Renault for Comtec Racing.

Now though, Bonanomi has come to an agreement to join Earl Bamber at Meritus for the forthcoming Bahrain round, a deal he was delighted with, even if he is aware of the challenges he faces in adapting to the machine.

"I'm glad to have found this opportunity and to be back working with a great technician like Bielli at Al Sakhir. Since the GP2 Asia Series doesn't feature extensive practice sessions, I'll have to re-adapt to the car really quickly, though I see a strong team and I'm pretty confident.”

Despite dipping his toe into GP2 waters once again, Bonanomi has nonetheless revealed he is close to a deal Stateside where he will compete with Sam Schmidt Motorsport in the Indy Lights series.

“I've not driven in the last couple of months, after I tested the Indy Lights Dallara of Sam Schmidt Motorsport in the USA. Regarding my 2009 options, I'm still in talks with Schmidt's team, with a good chance to finalize things for a full Indy Lights assault."

Although it isn't clear why Yoong, who failed to score in the first two rounds of the season, will not compete in Bahrain, the round does clash with A1 GP where he may have commitments with the Malaysian team.


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