New British team joins Auto GP grid for 2012 season

The Auto GP grid will have a new team in 2012, with the addition of Virtuosi UK, a British squad set up by businessman Declan Lohan

New British team joins Auto GP grid for 2012 season

Lohan will have Andy Roche and Paul Devlin as partners.

Roche has been a successful team manager in F3000 and GP2 for over 20 years, working with drivers like Mark Webber and Juan Pablo Montoya.

Devlin will be supervising the work of the technical staff at the new team.

The team will take part in the pre-season testing, and also plans a private outing before the start of the series in March.

"With Andy and Paul we've been rivals for years both in F3000 and GP2, and we have a lot of respect for what they achieved," said Auto GP boss Enzo Coloni. "There's no doubt that they can deliver a top-notch job, so when they told me that they were creating a new team purposely for Auto GP I was really delighted.

"We're happy to welcome them in our Series, and we expect them to perform well straight out of the box. They may be the new kids on the block when the Series starts, but with all the top-tier experience they have I'm sure they will be tough competition for everybody."

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