Ocean Racing Technology has secured a top driver contract for the GP2 Main Series with Indian driver, Karun Chandhok joining forces with the Portuguese team, making him the first driver confirmed for the outfit directed by Tiago Monteiro. At 24, Karun has two complete seasons in the series under his belt as well as two victories and therefore brings great experience with him that will be decisive for the all new team in the GP2 Main Series.
"It is very important for Ocean Racing Technology to guarantee the presence of a talented driver such as Karun Chandhok. He is fast, hard worker and already has some great results on different kinds of tracks. He always had an excellent working relationship with engineers and team principals that he has previously worked with and has won two races in the GP2 Main Series. It is extremely positive that he signed this contract well before the championship starts because this way we can immediately begin work for the Main Series. For us, it is important that an experienced and fast driver like Karun puts his confidence in Ocean Racing Technology, which is a very young team. He is the driver we need to achieve our goals, which are to be competitive right away and consistently into the points," Tiago said.
In 2007 Karun Chandhok triumphed in Spa, one of the most demanding circuits of the season, in just his first year in the championship. He was also the driver who progressed the most throughout the season. In 2008 he raced with iSport international where he continued to show his speed with several good races, among them a victory at Hockenheim. He also received a distinction at the end of the year for the best style of driving. The first signs of Karun's talent appeared in his first years in auto racing and were soon confirmed when he was crowned in his first year in the Formula Renault V6 Asian championship in 2006, a triumph which was his passport for the GP2 Championship.
For his third season in the championship Karun knows he is getting closer to F1 and believes in Ocean Racing Technology.
The first races of the GP2 Main Series will begin in Barcelona on May 9. Until then Ocean Racing Technology will continue to take part in the GP2 Asia championship where they plan to gather more experience and find a good rhythm and momentum to carry with them when the Main Series opens on European soil.
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