|Just five weeks after the last race of the 2012 GP2 Series all the teams are back in action in Barcelona for the first of the two annual post-season tests.
Racing Engineering will be giving four drivers the opportunity to drive their cars on the 4.655 km Spanish circuit that is a traditional venue for out of season testing. On Tuesday the 30th of October the Brazilian André Negrão and Canadian Gianmarco Raimondo will be in the Spanish team’s cars and on the following day, Wednesday the 31st, it will be the turn of Dutchman Nigel Melker and Argentinian Facundo Regalia.
20 year old André Negrão, who was born in Sao Paulo the birthplace of racing legends Ayrton Senna and Emerson Fittipaldi, has been racing in the World Series by Renault for the last two seasons. The highlights of the season have been a 4th in Race 2 at the Moscow Raceway and a 3rd in Race 2 at the Nürburgring as well as leading at Paul Ricard in the wet before electrical problems slowed him.
Prior to this Andre raced in the Formula Renault 2.0 series in Italy and Portugal and in 2010 moved up to the FR 2.0 Eurocup where he proved his developing talent with a pole position and a podium finish in this very competitive series. He has also raced in the Brazil F3 Open taking a pole position and scoring several podium finishes.
Canadian Gianmarco Raimondo is 21 years old and first began to make his name in the 2009 Formula BMW Americas championship where he finished 3rd with one win and eight other podium finishes in the 12 race series. In 2010 Gianmarco moved up to the F3 Italian series finishing 16th at the end of the year. For 2011 the young Canadian progressed to the F3 Euroseries where he took a podium and finished 11th in the championship. His increasing experience in F3 cars saw Gianmarco win the 2012 European F3 Open in Spain taking no less than four wins, four pole positions, ten podiums and two fastest laps.