Royal Visit Caps Spain Weekend

While famous visitors are a regular occurrence in Formula One, the same could not be said about GP2 until the King of Spain, His Majesty Juan Carlos I, paid a surprise visit to inspect the paddock of the nascent series on Sunday

The King, who is a noted motorsport fan, was given a tour of the paddock by Racing Engineering boss Alfonso de Orleans Borbon, who is also the King's godson.

The King was introduced to most of the team members, including driver Borja Garcia, who was last year's Spanish Formula Three champion.

"Having someone like His Majesty the King of Spain visit the GP2 series paddock was a real privilege," said de Orleans Borbon afterwards. "It was a genuine honour to show him around our garage and to be able to provide an insight into how the car works.

"The King of Spain is a staunch supporter of motorsport in our country, and I know how delighted Borja was to have met him.

"For me, it was also an honour to have His Majesty take such an interest not only in the GP2 series, but in the Racing Engineering team, and the Spanish project within the series."

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