Russian Time signs Tom Dillmann for 2013 GP2 season

Tom Dillmann has secured a return to GP2 with new team Russian Time

Russian Time signs Tom Dillmann for 2013 GP2 season

The Frenchman had topped the first winter test with Hilmer, another new entrant, before getting the chance to run with the Russian squad at Barcelona this week.

Russian Time chief Igor Mazepa believes securing Dillmann gives a squad a shot at the title in its debut year.

"His talent and experience will be key to our objective of taking Russian Time to the top of the standings this season," said Mazepa.

"I believe Tom can be a title contender this season. He has what it takes to win from the start."

Russian Time was created when Mazepa acquired iSport's GP2 squad last month. The team is run by Motopark Academy boss Timo Rumpfkeil.

Dillmann was a race-winner during a part-season with Rapax last year. He is sure Russian Time's resources will allow it to be a frontrunner from the outset.

"They are new to the series, but they have put everything in place to make sure that we are competitive from the start," he said.

"I hope that my experience in GP2 will help them even more. I am convinced that we can challenge the other teams and drivers for wins very quickly."

2013 GP2 line-up so far:

DAMS                 Marcus Ericsson    Stephane Richelmi
ART                  James Calado       Daniel Abt
Arden International  Johnny Cecotto Jr  Mitch Evans
Racing Engineering   Fabio Leimer       Julian Leal
Carlin               Felipe Nasr        Jolyon Palmer
Russian Time         Tom Dillmann       TBA
Caterham Racing      Ma Qing Hua        TBA
Addax Team           Rio Haryanto       Jake Rosenzweig
Rapax                Stefano Coletti    Simon Trummer
Trident Racing       TBA                TBA
Hilmer Motorsport    TBA                TBA
Lazarus GP           Rene Binder        TBA
MP Motorsport        Daniel de Jong     Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
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