Pastorelli close to Jordan deal

Reigning Superfund Euro 3000 champion Nicky Pastorelli has emerged as a front-runner for the Friday test driver role at Jordan Grand Prix - after testing for the team at Barcelona in Spain on Friday

Pastorelli close to Jordan deal

The Dutchman, who tested a Minardi earlier this year as part of his prize for winning last year's Euro F3000 crown, was seen sitting in the cockpit of the Jordan EJ15 during a break in testing and got out on the track towards the end of the day. He was wearing plain yellow Jordan overalls and was using Narain Karthikeyan's helmet.

Pastorelli had been linked with a drive in Champ Cars with Walker Racing, having tested earlier this year, but talks with the team were put on hold while his management conducted talks with Jordan.

It is understood that Pastorelli is close to deal that will see him become Jordan's Friday test driver for the European races, with the team still to decide whether or not to take a third car to the three flyaways at the beginning of the year.

Patorelli's manager, Manfredi Ravetto, said: "We are about to finalise a very interesting deal for Nicky. I am sure that this new move is a very good and important step for Nicky's career. I cannot comment further on it at this point, but we will announce some very interesting news soon. Just wait and see..."

A Jordan spokeswoman said: "We are talking to a number of drivers on an on-going basis, but nothing has been finalised yet."

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