The biggest rumour of the winter became official today in Enstone, England where Jose Maria Lopez was confirmed as lead driver for the Super Nova International team for the GP2 Series second season of competition that resumes on March 9th in ...
The biggest rumour of the winter became official today in Enstone, England where Jose Maria Lopez was confirmed as lead driver for the Super Nova International team for the GP2 Series second season of competition that resumes on March 9th in Valencia, Spain.
The Argentinean and the team have a clear target for next season and it is to be protagonists in the fight for the championship.
"I know it is a big opportunity, and proof that they have confidence In me. I learned a lot last year in GP2, and I want to be fighting for the title this year", Lopez stated.
The announcement was made at the presentation of the Renault Driver Development Program 2006 held in Renault's headquarters of Enstone. "The RDD programme has given me another chance to show my worth", the Argentineand said.
"We've been watching Jose for a number of years", secured Super Nova International Team Boss, David Sears, "and we've been very impressed by the way he's developed as a driver. I think he represents our best opportunity to win the championship in 2006. He set the fastest time ever recorded in GP2 testing at Paul Ricard over the winter. He has the credentials to do a great job".
In 2005, Lopez was part of French DAMS team where he took one victory in sprint race of Barcelona and the ninth place in the final standings, complicated with many problems that the car suffered during the season. Yesterday, Fairuz Fauzy was confirmed as second driver in Super Nova line-up and, as happened last year in DAMS, he will partner Lopez. The Malaysian driver is confident about his new team: "I am expecting this year to be completely different. SuperNova International is a well established team at this level with several world championships in the International Formula 3000 series and a third place finish in last year's GP2 series", he said.
Super Nova have had great results over the past years with four championship in the International Formula 3000 in '95 (Vicenzo Sospiri), '97 (Ricardo Zonta), '98 (Juan Pablo Montoya) and '02 (Sebastien Bourdais).
And the team had a great first season in GP2 taking third overall in the teams standings with Adam Carroll fifth and Giorgio Pantano sixth.
Another member of the RDD was confirmed in GP2 today as Brazilean Lucas Di Grassi will join Durango team for 2006.
"Thanks to the RDD programme, I have learned what being a top-line racing driver is all about. For my first season in GP2, my aim is to demonstrate I am one of the best drivers in the field", Di Grassi stated.