Plamen Kralev confirms place on 2012 F2 grid

Bulgaria’s world motorsport ambassador returns for third season

1. Plamen Kralev will join the F2 grid in 2012

Bulgaria’s official motorsport ambassador Plamen Kralev has become the latest driver to be announced for the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship.

After an encouraging debut F2 season in 2010, Kralev continued to challenge for points last year with a number of strong performances, particularly in the second half of the season. His best weekend came at Austria’s Red Bull Ring, where he recorded his second F2 points finish. From the back of the field in race one, he worked his way up the order gaining an impressive 12 places to finish tenth at the flag. He went on to challenge for the points on several other occasions.

For his 2012 campaign, Kralev remains Bulgaria’s official global motorsport ambassador having been elected in 2008 by the National Tourism Agency and is regarded as one of his country’s leading motor racing figures.

Kralev said: “I am pleased to stay in my third year in F2. I believe this is the best championship for me that gives me an opportunity to build on my driving skills. With new Yokohama tyres I hope to deliver and fight regularly in the points and earn top 10 positions.”

Formula Two Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer added: “Plamen first joined F2 in 2010 with very little experience, but has worked really hard ever since and consistently improved his performances, taking full advantage particularly of F2’s data comparison feature to learn from others. I am delighted Plamen will continue to progress his career in F2 this year. He knows podiums will be difficult to come by, but points finishes are a realistic target and something he can be proud of as a very popular ambassador for Bulgaria.”

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