New additions to Auto GP at Silverstone

Auto GP is back in the UK this weekend supporting the Blancpain Endurance Series as it hits the Northamptonshire circuit.

The first of two race meetings in the country, the second race is at Donington Park in September, a number of changes and additions have been announced as part of the grid. Some of which have been detailed here.

The biggest news is that championship leaders Super Nova International will be racing a third Zytek engined Auto GP machine with the driver, who was announced just before the first practice session, being TATA backed Narain Karthikeyan. The former Jordan and HRT driver will be joining Budapest race winner Vittorio Ghirelli and rookie Francesco Dracone.

Britain’s only representative on the Auto GP grid, Luciano Bacheta, will be again lining up with Zele Racing and will be joined this weekend by Tamas Pal Kiss.

Ibiza Racing has had to find a replacement for Giuseppe Cipriani – the businessman and team owner is to miss this round because of strong back ache. His seat next to Italian Sergio Campana is to be taken by 2012 GP2 regular Fabrizio Crestani who gained four podiums in the 2011 Auto GP series.

Another GP2 regular who will be racing this weekend is MP Racing’s Daniel De Jong who is racing for the team in Auto GP alongside Riccardo Agostini and Meindert van Buuren who will all be aiming for the podium as a minimum.

The first race will be held at 14:20 on Saturday and 13:20 on Sunday with two 30 minute practice sessions and qualifying held on Friday.