Italian GP2 Series outfit Scuderia Coloni have finalised their driver line up ahead of the 2010 GP2 Series Campaign, which kicks off at Barcelona in May, alongside the first European race on the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Joining Alberto Valerio in the Renault powered Dallara built car is 26 year old Bulgarian Vladimir Arabadzhiev. Arabadzhiev has just completed his first GP2 Asia campaign with the Rapax outfit, and in the six races he contested failed to score a point but showed glimpses of potential.

Before graduating into the GP2 Asia series, Arabadzhiev has competed in Formula 3, Euroseries 3000 and in International Formula Master. It was in the 2008 running of the Formula Master Italia where Arabadzhiev had his strongest campaign, claiming the runners up spot with 4 race wins, 2 pole positions and 6 podium finishes.

With the announcement that Arabadzhiev will be joining the GP2 Main Series grid, he will have the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of the team bosses of the FIA Formula One World Championship outfits, as well as learning the tracks which the F1 Championship visits.

Arabadzhiev will make his Scuderia Coloni debut at the Paul Ricard test on the 23rd to the 25th March, and this will give the Bulgarian his third opportunity to test the GP2 Main Series car.

Paolo Coloni said about the deal to bring Arabadzhiev to the team: “We are happy to welcome Vladimir in our team. With his addition, we feel that we secured ourselves the best talent among the Main Series newcomers. I saw him racing in the Asia Series, and I was impressed by both his total commitment and his enthusiasm every time he was driving the car. With Vladimir and Alberto we are sure that we will have a great season”.

Arabadzhiev then went on and said about the deal: “I'm very happy to drive with Scuderia Coloni; they have been in impressive shape in all the GP2 Asia races, so I have good expectations for the coming season. Personally, I hope to get good results soon, and to get a lot of experience not only in the car but also learning how you have to work in a GP2 team. In Le Castellet I'll work very hard in order to prepare for the season in the best possible way”.

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