Addax Team press release
Josef Král Completes The Team Line-Up For Reigning Gp2 Champions, Barwa Addax
Josef Král will be Johnny Cecotto’s team-mate for the next 2012 GP2 Series in the successful Barwa Addax Team, the reigning team champions of last season.
Josef Král has reached an agreement with the Spanish team and is now one of the official drivers for the 2012 season, which will be competed over 12 events, 11 of which will run alongside Formula 1. Josef has competed in part of 2010, in the full 2011 season of the GP2 Series and in the two Asia series that followed, showing that he has the ability to compete with the best at this level. He was given the chance to test with Barwa Addax Team in the post season test in Barcelona last November. The team had a good opportunity to see for themselves the talent he had been demonstrating throughout his sporting career. The Czech driver also adapted to the team and their way of working immediately and it was clear from the start that team and driver had connected really well. Král has developed as a driver over these two seasons and has two podium places to his name at legendary circuits like Monte Carlo, Spa and two further podiums in Abu Dhabi as part of the GP2 Asia series.
He also finished in a very creditable second overall in formula BMW UK 2007 and third overall in the Formula Masters series 2009 driver’s championships, which gave him the opportunity to step up in class. He started his career competing in karting until 2004 and later took part in promotional clases such as, formula 1400 or formula BMW in Germany. He has also had the opportunity to test drive a formula 1 car in the test of promising young drivers in 2010 in which he completed 61 laps.
Josef Král, official Barwa Addax Team Driver: “ I am very happy that I got a chance to race in one of the most successful teams in GP2 ever. It motivates me to work even harder and be on top in the end of the year! I am pleased that Barwa Addax Team believe in my capability and I am looking forward to this season! I would also like to use this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped me to make this happen”.
Alejandro Agag, Owner and Team principal: “Josef Král is the ideal companion for team-mate Johnny Cecotto because, despite the fact that both are young, they have had important experience of the GP2 series after having competed at this level over two full seasons, which is absolutely essential if you are going to have any aspirations to compete for the driver’s championship. This healthy competitiveness between both our drivers will also help us to be in the list of candidates for the team title once more and guarantee joy for the fans in the coming season. We will provide both drivers with all the resources and experience they need to fight for the most important objectives and at the same time give these young drivers the chance to demonstrate the world that they are top class drivers.”.