Adam Carroll will join the Auto GP grid from the Donington Park round this weekend after reaching an agreement with the Campos Racing team.

The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland won the A1 Grand Prix title for Ireland in 2008/09, but has been out of a regular drive since then. He contested two Indycar Series races for Andretti Autosport last year, and raced in Formula Renault 3.5 at the Hungaroring earlier this month.

The agreement with Adrian Campos' team comes after their driver Marco Barba decided to temporarily stop his racing career. Carroll will replace Barba in the #33 car for the remainder of the season.

“Joining Auto GP is a really welcome opportunity,” said Carroll. “I was following the series from the outside and getting in with a well prepared team like Campos Racing is staggering.

“I think that my recent podium in World Series showed that my competitiveness is intact even if I didn't have many occasions to race last year, so I have high expectations. Anyway I must remember that the series level is very high and it's my first time with a new team, so we will need a bit of time to know each other. I'm really looking forward to it.”

Campos said: “I'm very sorry that Marco Barba decided to step off, but it's the right thing to do if he doesn't feel the motivation to race giving hundred per cent. From our side we made clear that we are at his disposal, and we hope to see him back on track as soon as possible.

“On the other side, we are happy to welcome Adam in the team: his talent is widely recognized, and we hope that with his skills and his experience he will be the right man to make the most of our potential.”

Series chief Enzo Coloni commented: “I know Adam and his talent very well, as he raced for our GP2 team in 2007 clinching two wins and three podium finishes. So it's a real pleasure for me to see him in Auto GP, I'm sure that he will be huge value for the Series and also to fulfill the great potential of Campos Racing. Furthermore, I'm happy to have him with us just before the Donington event, people will be thrilled to see two fellow countrymen fighting for the win.”