22-year-old Kelvin Snoeks is the latest name to be confirmed in the 2010 FIA Formula Two Championship line-up.
Snoeks joins F2 after competing in last season’s International Formula Master series, where he finished sixth in the Rookie Cup standings. He spent the previous two seasons in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, competing against 2009 Formula Two race winner Tobias Hegewald and Williams F1 test driver Valtteri Bottas.
The Dutchman has already experienced Formula Two machinery, having taken part in winter testing in Portimão at the end of the 2009 season, and becomes the second driver to be announced in 2010. Fourteen others have already joined F2’s second season, leaving just nine seats available to complete the 24 car maximum grid.
Snoeks is well aware of his country’s illustrious motorsport past, and the Zwaanshoek-based racer is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Jan Lammers and Jos Verstappen.
Kelvin Snoeks said: “The concept of Formula Two is fantastic, particularly compared with some of the other series I have raced in. I like that all of the data is available to every driver and that everything is fair and equal. The car is really fast and nice to drive - the recent improvements to the car have obviously made it even quicker, which is also great. I believe I can learn a lot this season and the pre-season tests will be really important. From there I hope to have a real understanding of where I stand compared to the other drivers – podiums may be difficult to achieve but I will be looking to consistently challenge for points.”
Jonathan Palmer, Formula Two Series Director, said: "I’m really pleased to welcome Kelvin Snoeks, our first Dutch driver, to Formula Two. The equality of F2 enables drivers like Kelvin, who has never been able to race with a top team so far in his career, to really show what he’s capable of and I’m sure he’ll make the most of his opportunity.”
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