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Former Lotus F1 reserve driver Davide Valsecchi to race in GT Open

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Former Lotus Formula 1 reserve driver and 2012 GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi will return to racing in the International GT Open series this year.

Valsecchi did not compete at all during 2013 as he focused on his Lotus role.

That deal ended in disappointment when the team chose Heikki Kovalainen to replace Kimi Raikkonen instead of him after the Finn curtailed his season early, citing the need for back surgery.

Valsecchi will share a Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 with GP3 and Auto GP race winner Giovanni Venturini in GT Open this season.

The car will be run by new team Eurotech Engineering, which is also assisting with the Puma 3 M-Sport Auto GP operation.

Eurotech has been set up by ex-Durango GP2 team chief Ivone Pinton.

Team director Alan Gomboso said: "It is very exciting to start a new project like this, defending the colours of a great brand like Lamborghini, aligning two young top guns like Davide and Giovanni, and choosing for our debut such a competitive series like the GT Open."

Valsecchi's last sportscar campaign was in 2006, when he contested a partial Le Mans Series programme in Barazi Epsilon's LMP2 Courage-AER while racing for sister team Epsilon Euskadi in Formula Renault 3.5.

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