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GP Week : Issue 7
As the only team not to enter the GP2 Asia Series, Racing Engineering enters the 2008 main series as the most refreshed and rested operation of all. With Giorgio Pantano on board for 2008, the team also has a driver who has never failed to win a race in the three seasons of GP2. His experience, allied to the ever maturing and confident Javier Villa, could give the team its first serious shot at winning the championship. Racing Engineering Javier Villa / Giorgio Pantano Super Nova came desperately close to snatching third place in the standings in 2007 following a year of unfulfilled promise. This season the team will run Bakkerud and Parente. The Dane’s 2007 season was blighted through a recurring back injury and he will hope to make amends for a wasted 12 months. Parente finally gets a crack at a championship which has had his name on it for a few years now. Stepping up from WSR, he’ll be one to watch. Christian Bakkerud Alvaro Parente Super Nova International The iconic French team was one of the standout competitors of 2007, winning races and consistently on the podium. In 2008, two new drivers are hoping to repeat the team’s recent success. Kamui Kobayashi has already started the hard work, becoming the first Japanese driver to win a GP2 race in the Asia series. Team-mate d’Ambrosio was also a visitor to the podium in Asia, and the duo will look to build on their great start. Jerome d’Ambrosio Kamui Kobayashi DAMS GP2 insight >> 31