Palmer geared up for GP2 debut

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SOUTHWATER racer Jolyon Palmer will make his GP2 debut this weekend as he gears up for life in Forumla 1’s feeder series.

Palmer signed for the Arden Motorsport team during the winter following his second place finish in last year’s Formula 2 championship. And the first race of the GP2 Asia series sees the 20-year-old take to the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi after a successful test concluded at the venue on Monday.

“The test has been positive in general,” he remarked. “I had no expectations as it’s a tough field this year - there are only five or six rookies and the rest are very experienced - but I’ve been satisfied by my performance, as I’ve been around the edges of the top ten. There were some frustrations in the afternoon sessions as my timings were interrupted by red flags and an engine failure on one day, but I’m confident that I can put in a solid performance in this weekend’s races.”

Jolyon’s competitive debut gets underway with qualifying today (Thursday) followed by a race on both Friday and Saturday, and the Southwater racer is looking forward to his competitive debut in the state of the art 612bhp GP2 cars.

He said: “I quite like the circuit – being a full F1 venue it’s very smooth and the slightly shortened corkscrew circuit we’re using has some real undulations. I think it’s going to be quite a crazy first lap come raceday!”