|For the final time in 2012 the GP2 teams will be out on the track for the second and last of the post-season tests which will be held at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit on the 22nd and 23rd of November. This time Racing Engineering will be running three drivers; Fabio Leimer, Nigel Melker and René Binder.
Nigel Melker, who will be running on both days of the test, was born in Rotterdam 21 years ago and raced in Formula Renault 2.0 before moving up to GP3 in 2010 where he immediately showed his pace with two pole positions. In 2011 he was one of the fastest drivers finishing 3rd in the Series with six podiums including a win in the Turkish Feature Race as well as setting two fastest laps. Nigel also competed in the 2011 F3 Euroseries finishing 4th with four wins, two pole positions, nine podiums and two fastest laps.
The young Dutchman had his first outing in a Racing Engineering car at the previous post-season test held at Barcelona three weeks ago. Nigel drove for the Spanish team on the second of the two days of testing and he was immediately on the pace, adapting well to working with a new team. On a wet track in the morning session Nigel was 4th fastest and, on a drying track, he was 3rd quickest in the afternoon session.
In 2012, his first season of GP2 racing, Nigel took several top ten places with a best finish of 4th in the Silverstone Feature Race driving for the Ocean Racing Technology team. Additionally Nigel raced for Lotus in the World Series by Renault at the Silverstone round finishing 3rd in Race 1.