Dino Zamparelli - Photo Credit: FIA Formula Two Championship

Dino strikes a pose ahead of his F2 debut - Photo Credit: FIA Formula Two Championship

Reigning Formula Renault BARC champion Dino Zamparelli will race in the FIA Formula Two Championship this season after securing a seat on the eve of this weekend's season opener at Silverstone.

Zamparelli first drove the JPH1B F2 car during the assessment process for last year's McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. The Brit, who also won the Ginetta Junior title back in 2008, has been working hard over the winter to raise the necessary funds.

“I’m delighted to be on the grid for F2 this weekend,” said Zamparelli. “Since January we’ve been working very hard to find the budget so it’s great to see all that hard work pay off. The F2 test last month went well and it was good to get behind the wheel again as it’s been a while.

“I feel like I’m mentally and physically prepared now and will be pushing for top three this weekend, although I go into every race trying to win. I have every chance of winning the championship too but we’ll just have to take it step-by-step.”

Series boss Jonathan Palmer said: “I’m delighted to see Dino step up to Formula Two this year. Dino was a well deserving 2011 McLaren Autosport BRDC finalist and tested the F2 car at Silverstone as part of the evaluation. 

“He has worked really hard with very modest funding and achieved outstanding results on his way up. F2 is ideal for such a driver and will provide Dino with an equality of opportunity that he simply could not afford anywhere else.”