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Second season drivers ready to reach for the gold

While GP2 series will resume tests on Wednesday at Circuit Paul Ricard Hich Tech Test Track in Le Castellet, France, it is good moment to take a view of the latest news of the category which is looking forward to their second season. This year...

While GP2 series will resume tests on Wednesday at Circuit Paul Ricard Hich Tech Test Track in Le Castellet, France, it is good moment to take a view of the latest news of the category which is looking forward to their second season. This year they will start their season, not with the Formula One cars, but as the headliner in Valencia on April 9th.

Thirteen teams and 26 drivers will be at Paul Ricard for the green light of the pre-season tests where the GP2 cars will unveiled the new slick tyres for the first time and the new aerodynamic packages for 2006, among another technical changes.

In recent days, two more drivers have been confirmed: Adam Carroll will move to Racing Engineering and Sergio Hernandez will take pilot his second season in the series under the support of Durango.

Carroll arrives to the Spain-based Racing Engineering team after a strong season with Super Nova in which he won three races: Imola, Monaco and Spa-Francorchamps. He also had the chance to test for BAR Honda last year.

"I am extremely happy with joining Racing Engineering. I feel very confident about the 2006 season and I am very comfortable straight away with everyone in the team", Carroll commented.

The team also confirmed the services of Gary Anderson, legendary F1 designer and engineer to make Racing Engineering one of the most powerful teams on the GP2 grid.

Anderson has a huge experience in F1 and will add a lot to the team and the series itself with his presence. The long time that Anderson has been involved in racing cars gives him a great history in motorsport that spans over 30 years, starting out at the age of 20 at the Motor Racing Stables in Brands Hatch. A mechanic, engineer and then technical director of Jordan (designed the Jordan in which Michael Schumacher made his appearance in F1), Stewart and Jaguar shows the ambition he has for his career.

Hernandez does not need to worry now about his seat for 2006 season in GP2. The Spaniard will move from Campos Racing to the Italian Durango team alongside Lucas Di Grassi, although the rumours had another driver from Spain, Borja Garcia, to join the Brazilian di Grassi.

"I am very happy to have signed to drive for Durango in GP2. I get a very good feeling from the team, and I think we are going to get on very well this season. They were very strong in 2005, winning a race, and I feel confident that in 2006 we can push towards these kind of results regularly. I think we will have a very strong season", Hernandez stated.

Where GP2 will make it's season close after Spa-Francorchamps was pulled-out of the F1 calendar for this season has became in an important issue for the series directors.

The intention is to keep the 23 races schedule and Great Britain, with Brands Hatch circuit, appears as a candidate to take the place, according to the information on British media site, crash.net

GP2 already has two races in Germany, Italy and Spain. There is a possibility that they could add a second race in France, since most of the series teams are based in the country.

While Lewis Hamilton and Carroll seem to be two important protagonist of the season, the interest from the British public could be a sure thing.

However, it hasn't been an official position in the subject from the series organizers and Baharin or another non-European stop may still be in consideration.

Away from the decisions are the stars of GP2 in their 2006 version that will have their first battle in a matter of hours with Nelson A. Piquet, Hamilton, Alex Premat, Jose Maria Lopez and company in the start of the pre-season tests with the mind set is to prepare for the season-opening race on April 8-9 in Valencia, where the real story will start as they begin the goal of reaching the gold at the end.

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Series GP2
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Lewis Hamilton , Adam Carroll , Sergio Hernandez , Jose Maria Lopez , Borja Garcia , Gary Anderson
Teams Racing Engineering , Campos Racing