Auto GP graduates ready to make an impression in 2012

After bringing Romain Grosjean under the spotlight again in 2010, giving a crucial contribution to his momentum towards GP2 and, ultimately, Formula 1, Auto GP World Series is ready to see his graduates from the 2011 season start their climb to the higher steps of the motorsport ladder.Leading the field will be Luca Filippi, who landed a seat in the major single-seater championship on the other side of the ocean, IndyCar. Luca, who finished runner-up in 2011, will drive for Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan from the Indianapolis 500 on, aiming to make an impression straight out of the box despite being a rookie in oval racing.In the meantime, three Auto GP graduates will be at the start of the GP2 season in one week-time: Fabio Onidi will be on the grid with Scuderia Coloni after two full seasons of Auto GP racing in which he clinched one win and 6 podium finishes; Fabrizio Crestani, a regular podium finisher in Auto GP last year, will drive with Venezuela GP; Rio Haryanto, after taking one Auto GP win in 2011 together with two other podium outings, will drive for Carlin.Anyway, single-seaters aren’t the only way to go and that’s especially true if you can become a works driver: that’s what happened to Adrien Tambay, who yesterday was announced as the eight works entry of Audi in the DTM: after a very successful 2011 Auto GP campaign that saw him finish with a tally of one win and four podium finishes, Adrian was selected by the German make to race with an A5 DTM fielded by Team Abt.Enzo Coloni: “Helping driving talents in climbing the steps of the motorsport ladder is one of our main aims, so I’m delighted to see that drivers coming from our championship are highly considered at the highest levels of our sport. I’m also happy that with our drivers we’re covering different kinds of racing. Luca has the talent to build himself a career in America, while Onidi, Crestani and Haryanto all have what it takes to leave their mark in GP2. I’m also very happy for Tambay: if getting to F1 is every driver’s dream, becoming a ‘works’ driver comes immediately next, and Adrien joined the family of one of the most successful makes in motorsport, it couldn’t be better than that”