Facundo Regalia will be on the grid of the next Auto GP season as the 20 year-old Argentinean driver signed an agreement with Campos Racing to take part in the 2012 Series.
It’s great news for the Spanish teams, and quite an expected one after the good results of the tests that Regalia attended with Adrian Campos and his staff: Facundo and team had their first contact in Magione for the two days promotional test, then followed by another two days of testing on Campos’ home soil, the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. There the Argentinean even managed to beat the 2011 pole time, an impressive achievement that was the best prelude to the contract signature.So the team, that ended the 2011 season with two wins in the Mugello Grand Finale, aims to keep the same level of performance, considering that Regalia is among the most interesting young drivers in South America, with wins and podiums in F.Bmw and in F3. In 2011, in particular, Facundo was one of the main actors in the Italian F3 championship, clinching one pole position and two podium finishes. So for 2012 he decided to graduate in Auto GP, showing a very good approach right from the first laps of the winter testing, getting acquainted in the best possible way with the 550 bhp of the Zytek engine.Enzo Coloni: “Up to 2011, drivers from 21 different Countries had raced in Auto GP. It’s a pleasure to know that in 2012 we will add Argentina to the list, again improving the International nature of our Series. It’s very important news also because it proves that our intercontinental expansion, with the two races in South America and USA, makes the Championship even more interesting for drivers that are coming from that area. Concerning Regalia, I’ve seen that he got on the pace easily in the tests, so I expect him to be competitive straight out of the box”.Facundo Regalia: “It’s really great news, a great gift for this Christmas celebration time. It’s a wonderful programme that will allow me to race in one of the best feeder series in motorsport and I’m sure that this, together with my other commitment in the European F3 Open, will prove very important for my career. It will be my first season on such a powerful car as the Auto GP is, so it’s difficult to know what to expect in terms of results, but judging from what we saw in testing so far, I’m pretty confident. Furthermore, I will have the skills and knowledge of Adrian Campos on my side, and that’s a big plus”.