Zele Racing today confirmed that they are to return to the Auto GP World Series for the 2014 season.
The Austrian squad experienced a topsy-turvy 2013, that saw them take one victory at the Marrakech street circuit.
Despite their Moroccan success, the team decided to opt out of two rounds in the second half of the season, while also swapping drivers on a regular basis; however, team boss Michael Zele is confident that his team can move in the right direction. “The positive performance this season has proven that Auto GP is the right series for us. The strong displays of our drivers have shown that we are competitive and we want to expand on that in 2014.”
Zele ran five drivers throughout the 2013; including ex-Formula One drivers Christian Klien and Narain Karthikeyan and 2012 Formula Two champion Luciano Bacheta. With some new technical regulations coming this season, Zele is hoping to secure a mixture of experience and speed to pilot his pair of entries.
“We want to find a strong duo again – one experienced driver who can fight for the title, and a talented youngster who will show his skill in our car,” commented the Austrian.
He added, “There is still a lot of homework to be done for the new season. We will make some changes on the technical side, but also in staff matters, so that we can challenge Auto GP top dogs Supernova next year,” before concluding that; “We have scheduled an extensive winter testing programme which will allow us to be perfectly prepared for the season opener at Marrakech.”
Pre-season testing for the Auto GP World Series commences at the Riccardo Tormo circuit in Valencia toward the end of March, with the opening round going live from Marrakech in April.