16 drivers on the Auto GP World Series grid in Monza

Sixteen drivers from ten different Countries will line-up on the grid of the 2012 Auto GP World Series in Monza, where the maiden event of the season is taking place this weekend. The teams made the most of the last few days to fill the last available seats, and are now ready to tackle the season start.

Compared to the official test’s entry list there are some interesting news: Manor MP Motorsport completed their line-up fielding the experienced Chris Van der Drift: the kiwi driver was already a race winner in many championships, from A1GP to Superleague and Ws by Renault, so he is a valuable addition to the team’s line-up.Ombra Racing, meanwhile, confirmed that Adderly Fong will drive alongside Giancarlo Serenelli. A 22 years-old, Fong is the first Chinese driver in Auto GP history, coming from two seasons in British F3 where he was a podium finisher. He also raced twice in the Macau GP, and in 2011 he was tenth, the second ever Chinese driver to clinch a top ten finish in the race.

Last but not least, Virtuosi UK will have Matteo Beretta at the wheel of the #7 car. A 17 years-old from Italy, Beretta took a podium finish in last year’s European F3 Open, and raced in Italian F3 in 2010.1    CAMPOS RACING                      Facundo Regalia    2    CAMPOS RACING                      Giuseppe Cipriani    3    CAMPOS RACING                      Max Snegirev    12  EURONOVA RACING                  Sergey Sirotkin   14  EURONOVA RACING                  Antonio Spavone   5    MLR 71                                     Sergio Campana   71  MLR 71                                     Michele La Rosa   32  MANOR MP MOTORSPORT         Daniel de Jong    33  MANOR MP MOTORSPORT         Chris Van der Drift    23  OMBRA RACING                        Adderly Fong    45  OMBRA RACING                        Giancarlo Serenelli    10  SUPERNOVA INTERNATIONAL   Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  11  SUPERNOVA INTERNATIONAL   Victor Guerin    06  VIRTUOSI UK                            Pål Varhaug    07  VIRTUOSI UK                            Matteo Beretta    08  ZELE RACING                            Giacomo Ricci