Filippi Replaces Jakes At Coloni For Imola

by Peter Allen

GP2 veteran Luca Filippi will return to the series again this weekend as he replaces James Jakes at the Scuderia Coloni team.

Jakes has been testing for Indycar Series team Dale Coyne Racing at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama this week, with speculation saying that the Leeds racer is looking at a switch to the US open-wheel racing series.

Jakes will not be racing at Imola this weekend as the 2011 GP2 Asia Series holds its second and final round at the Italian circuit. He joined the team for the final race of the 2010 season at Abu Dhabi and then remained with the team for the opening round of 2011 at the same circuit last month.

Jakes' place at the Coloni team will be taken by Filippi. The Italian began his GP2 career with the team, under its guise of FMS International, in 2006. He raced in the series full-time for various teams for four years, and then returned to fill-in for the injured Josef Kral at Super Nova last season.

Filippi will race alongside teammate Michael Herck at Imola.

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