Campos Racing has confirmed that Marco Barba will race for the team in its debut season in Auto GP. Team boss Adrian Campos has also announced that his team will run three cars, with the remaining drivers to be announced soon.

25-year-old Barba won the European F3 Open in 2010, and had previously spent two years racing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

He was present at Valencia in January when the team completed its first test with the Auto GP car, Barba setting impressive lap times at the head of the timesheets.

Barba is pleased to be making the move to Auto GP. “I already feel that I'm part of a winning project,” he said, “in a championship that can be a great step towards becoming a pro in the single-seater world. Auto GP features a car that is amazing to drive, thanks to both an impressive engine and to the absence of ground effect. This means that the driver has to use all of his skills to master the car, and that driving talent counts more than in other series.”

Campos added: “I'm very happy that Marco will race with us. It was one of my priorities, as I'm convinced that with him we can aim for the title. We are evaluating various names for the other two cars and we are going to make an announcement shortly.”

Auto GP chief Enzo Coloni commented on the news. “I'm really happy to see that the champion from one of the best European F3 championships has chosen Auto GP,” he said. “It's a further confirmation of the interest growing around our series. Marco is very talented, he showed that throughout his career, and in the Valencia test it was immediately clear that the pairing with Campos Racing has a great potential. I expect them to clinch some good results from the very first races.”