The Puma 3 M-Sport by Eurotech team will be making their debut in the Auto GP World Series in 2014. The Spanish team, who are owned by Jamie Pintanel and Sergio Rinland, have announced the two drivers who will be racing for them this year in the form of Italian duo Kevin Giovesi and Loris Spinelli.
20-year-old Giovesi raced for Ghinzani Motorsport during the second half of the 2013 season; scoring five podium finishes, with a best of second at Mugello and the Nurburgring. He had originally been racing in the GP2 series with Venezuela GP Lazarus before switching to Auto GP. He tested for Puma in the post-season test at Vallelunga last year, and is happy to be racing for them in 2014, and hopes to be a championship contender this time around.
“I’m happy and proud to be back at the start of the Auto GP championship,” said Giovesi. “This season I will be starting the series from the first race, and with a new team. For the pace I showed last year, I’m looking forward to be a contender. The Valencia test will be very important to understand where we are compared to our rivals and to prepare well for Round 1 at Marrakech”.
Team-mate Spinelli is just 18 years old and has only competed in three Formula Abarth races in his single seater career to date. He finished on the podium in one of those races however having stepped up from a successful career in Karting. The forthcoming Auto GP test in Spain will be the Pescara-born driver’s first taste of the 550-horsepower car.
“I’m excited for having reached this deal for a ride in the 2014 Auto GP series,” said Spinelli. “I want to thank my family for supporting me up to this point, and the team as they’ll be helping me to grow up throughout the season. Moving from karts to Auto GP won’t be easy, but I’m very motivated. I want to give 100% and collect some positive results”.