Auto GP set for entry-level rise after ISRA merger


The Auto GP Organisation and ISRA, the Dutch event management company responsible for the Formula Acceleration events in 2014, have announced a merger, which will hope to allow bigger entry levels.

Entry levels for both series’ in 2014 were around the ten to twelve car mark, but with the merger it is hoped that Auto GP will have at least eighteen entries at each event.

Under the guidance of Henk de Jong, Formula Acceleration 1 made its first appearance in 2014, and was won by Dutchman Nigel Melker after a close season-long battle with Italian driver Mirko Bortolotti.

“Enzo Coloni and I worked on merging Auto GP and FA1 for the good of the sport,” said de Jong. “More cars, stronger competition, excitement for the spectators and therefore also better for drivers, teams and their sponsors. Everybody wins!”

The Auto GP World Series, promoted by Enzo Coloni, saw Japanese driver Kimiya Sato dominate, winning six races to finish ahead of Hungarian ace Tamas Pal Kiss.

“I am delighted to have reached a cooperation agreement with Henk de Jong and his event promotion organisation, ISRA,” said Coloni. “I think this will be a pivotal collaboration and will also guarantee 18 cars on the grid of all the seven Auto GP events we have scheduled for 2015.

“I am sure that, by joining forces, we will be able to achieve considerable success and deliver a really exciting season.”

The Auto GP season begins around the streets of Marrakech on April 19th 2015, supporting the World Touring Car Championship.