Former Auto GP race winner Giovanni Venturini today announced a deal to race with Trident Racing for the remainder of the GP3 season.
The Italian – who has spent 2012 racing in Formula Renault 3.5 – joins the series from this weekend’s round at Silverstone.
It may prove to be an uphill battle for the 20-year-old Venturini, as he steps into a car that that is an unknown quantity.
Venturini has previously raced in Italian and Swiss Formula Renault, before moving to the Renault Eurocup Series in 2010, taking five race wins along the way.
This year has proved a more difficult prospect for Venturini, with the Italian scoring only 3 points in seven Formula Renault 3.5 races, miring him 20th in the championship standings.
Meanwhile, Silverstone will mark the first time that Trident will be running a full compliment of cars at a GP3 round this season. In previous seasons, teams competing in the GP3 Series have been forced to run three entries, although that rule was dropped at the start of this year.
Thus far the squad have been competing with rookies Vicky Piria and Antonio Spavone, both of whom have struggled to find results thus far.
Also débuting at Silverstone will be Auto GP and European F3 Open regular Facu Regalia. The Argentine racer replaces Jakub Klasterka at Jenzer Motorsport, who was not entered at the last round in Valencia.
Regalia is currently lying 5th in Auto GP and 6th in European F3 Open after scoring three podiums. Neither championship clashes with GP3 for the rest of the season, allowing Regalia to compete without prioritising.