Natacha Gachnang and Adrien Tambay join the Gravity-Charouz Racing driver line-up for the Auto GP Championship Luxembourg-Czech race team Gravity-Charouz Racing will kick off the 2010 Auto GP season with a strong line-up of four young, talented...
Natacha Gachnang and Adrien Tambay join the Gravity-Charouz Racing driver line-up for the Auto GP Championship
Luxembourg-Czech race team Gravity-Charouz Racing will kick off the 2010 Auto GP season with a strong line-up of four young, talented and ambitious drivers. Czech driver Jan Charouz, Walter Grubmuller Jr from Austria, Swiss Natacha Gachnang and Frenchman Adrien Tambay will carry the team's colours with Ho-Pin Tung from China as the official reserve driver.
Gravity-Chraouz Racing combines the best qualities of two established companies, which are well known in the world of motor sport for their professionalism and dedication to excellence. This project is backed by the owners of the Renault F1 Team, and all the team's cars will carry the colours of the RF1 Driver Programme. At the same time, the team announced its entry for the Auto GP Championship, it also announced the names of two drivers: Jan Charouz (CZE) and Walter Grubmuller Jr (AUT).
Jan Charouz (17/07/1987) starts the 2010 season as an official test and reserve driver for the Renault F1 Team. Last year, he won the Le Mans Series LM P1 Championship title helped by two victories in the Barcelona and Nurburgring 1000kms. He also finished fourth overall in the mythic Le Mans 24 Hours. Jan's talent did not go unnoticed by the FIA, which presented him with the FIA 2009 Talent of the Year award, and he also received the Jiri Sedlar Award for the best Czech Racing Driver of the Year in the under 23-year-old category. Before racing sports cars, the Czech driver met with success in single-seaters winning the 2006 F3000 International Masters Series in both the overall and Rookie Classifications. He also represented the Czech Republic in A1GP and tested in the GP2 Series. He started winning early on in his career. In 2002, he became the youngest victor in the history of the Czech Touring Car Championship. Jan has decided to come back to single-seaters, and will race in the Auto GP Championship as well as the World Series by Renault.
Walter Grubmuller Jr (13/01/1989) has been racing single-seaters since 2005. He gained experience in the Formula Renault and Asian Formula 3 Series. Since 2007, he has been competing in the British F3 Championship. In 2009, he had his best season ever with two victories (Hockenheim and Donington) plus seven more podium finishes with the UK-based HiTech Racing team. Walter finished the year second overall in the British F3 ratings. This year, he has the same programme as Jan Charouz, the Auto GP Championship and the World Series by Renault.
Gravity-Charouz Racing is entering four cars in the 2010 Auto GP Championship, and the team's other two drivers are Natacha Gachnang (SUI) and Adrien Tambay (FR). The team's official reserve driver is another Renault F1 Team test driver, Ho-Pin Tung from China.
Natacha Gachnang (27/10/1987) scored her first results in karts. In 2001, she won the Swiss Junior Kart Championship and the following year she finished tenth overall in the European Kart Championship. In 2003, Natacha raced in single-seater championships (ADAC BMW and F3). In 2009, she gained more valuable experience competing in the newly-revived Formula 2 Championship, as well as the Formula Le Mans Cup (sports car racing) in which she finished tenth overall. This year she will compete in Auto GP, and also in the FIA GT1 World Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours. Natacha is a member of the 2010 Gravity Academy. Adrien Tambay (25/02/1991) is the son of former F1 driver Patrick Tambay who raced for Ferrari, Renault and McLaren among others and won two F1 grand prix. Adrien started his racing career aged ten, and met with instant success when he began in single-seaters. In 2007, he won the Rookie Classification in Formula BMW Germany (4th overall), and a year later he came third overall in Formula BMW Europe. In 2009, he raced in the prestigious Euro F3 Series. He is also a member of the 2010 Gravity Academy.
The richest prizes in European motor racing history await the drivers competing in the revolutionary new Auto GP Championship. By using their talent to the maximum and beating their rivals on the track, they will be fighting for their share of the 1200000 euro prize fund! The very simple idea of racing for prize money has been a long-established part of American motor sport, and is now about to become reality in Europe when the series kicks off this year. The staggering prize fund combines with a low-cost formula to give drivers a unique chance of success, while showcasing their talents and their will to win. Each driver will be backed up by a personal race engineer plus two mechanics who will work as his personal team throughout the season. A squad will provide technical back-up during the race weekends and spare parts management will be centralised by Auto GP. Each event will last two days with two races. The 2010 calendar stretching from 24th April to 3rd October consists of six venues: Brno (Czech Republic), Imola (Italy), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Magny-Cours (France), Navarra (Spain) and Monza (Italy).
Jan Charouz: "I'm looking forward to racing in the Auto GP Championship. Of course, we don't exactly know yet how all the drivers will perform in this series, but I'm sure the races will be very interesting. I know the car from A1GP; it's been upgraded and has better aerodynamics and tyres. For me, it's another good opportunity to gain valuable experience. For sure, we'll also be fighting for good results and, of course, I'm looking very forward to the opening race of the season on the Brno circuit."
Walter Grubmuller Jr: "To be honest, at this moment I don't know exactly what to expect. I'm curious about my rivals and I'm looking forward to the championship. I like the car which we'll race in the series, because it's a bit more powerful than the ones I've driven in the past. I think I will gain a lot of useful experience in Auto GP."
Natacha Gachnang: "The Gravity-Charouz Racing team will give me the opportunity to race in a single-seater series this year, which will make my overall programme very interesting. With GT1 and Auto GP, I will develop my skills further and I will certainly become a better driver."
Adrien Tambay: "A driver always wants more power and more downforce. The Auto GP car should be the quickest single-seater I've ever driven and I'm looking forward to the challenge. My aim will be to fight for victory, and I will give 100% to achieve it."
Antonin Charouz, manager: "It's a joint project with our team and the owners of the Renault F1 team, and we greatly appreciate the confidence that they've shown in us. We have young drivers in our line-up; they are all highly talented and they really want to succeed. I'm sure it will be a very interesting season."
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