Auto GP organisers have announced that Campos Racing will join the grid for the single-seater series in 2011. The Spanish squad, which is owned by Adrian Campos, will enter two cars into the championship, which will support the World Touring Car Championship next year.
Campos Racing are one of the most successful teams in European single-seater racing, best known for racing in GP2 before owner Campos sold the operation now known as Addax. They won the 2008 and 2009 European F3 Open titles, before Campos embarked on entering F1 in 2010 as Campos Meta. However, financial difficulties meant the team was sold to Jose Ramon Carabante, renamed Hispania.
The Valencia-based team will now revive its racing operations by joining Auto GP, which featured well-known teams such as DAMS, Super Nova and Trident Racing.
Auto GP boss Enzo Coloni was pleased that Campos had agreed to join the series. “I know Adrian from a very long time, as his team started racing and winning with Formula Nissan, a car that was designed and built by Coloni Motorsport,” he said. “Now more than ten years have passed and I'm very pleased to welcome him in Auto GP.
“The teams quality has been one of the keys to the Auto GP success, and adding Campos Racing to our field is another step in that direction. Adrian and his staff have plenty of experience of top-notch formula racing, so I'm sure that they will be competitive straight out of the box”.
Adrian Campos took the opportunity to praise the Auto GP concept, saying: “I believe Auto GP is the only championship that, also thanks to their agreement with Eurosport, can offer a high level stage for those drivers that have the skills and the experience to race as professionals but can’t find a place in F1. Their system of prizes, their cars of nearly 600 bhp and above all the promotion for the sponsors assured by Eurosport makes me believe that they will organize an extraordinary championship.
“I am convinced that Coloni and Eurosport have really hit it on the nail and I feel proud to be part of this project and to work again with them. I am going to speak with the drivers that I have in my mind and to configure as soon as possible the team for this new challenge”.