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Karun Chandhok to race for HRT 04 Mar 2010

Karun Chandhok (IND) HRT Launch, Auditorio de Murcia, Murcia, Spain, 4 March 2010. © HRT HRT Launch, Auditorio de Murcia, Murcia, Spain, 4 March 2010. © HRT HRT Launch, Auditorio de Murcia, Murcia, Spain, 4 March 2010.

The newly-rebadged HRT team have confirmed that Karun Chandhok will race for them this season. Chandhok, who has previously tested for Red Bull, will be the second Indian driver in the history of the world championship.

The announcement was made during an official presentation in the Spanish city of Murcia on Thursday. During the event the team also unveiled their car for the 2010 season.

“I am very pleased to use the Murcia site to officially unveil our car livery,” said team principal Colin Kolles. ”We also complete the driver’s team line up with the Indian Karun Chandhok at the wheel of the car for our first-ever season. We have been very impressed with Karun’s performance in GP2.

“Everything is now in place after an impossible race against time to register the team's name and I truly believe that we have an excellent platform to build on and move forward for a strong 2010 performance. Now, we need to work together. We need to learn together and keep developing as a team.”

Chennai-born Chandhok was crowned the Asian Formula Renault V6 champion, with seven wins and nine pole positions in 2006. Over the next three seasons, he competed in the GP2 series, winning two races. Last year, he finished 18th in the GP2 standings, after clinching third-place at the British event.

The 26 year-old will partner Brazilian Bruno Senna at the squad.

Ramon Luis Valcarcel, President of the region of Murcia, Carlos Gracia, President of the Spanish Motorsport Federation and HRT team owner Jose Ramon Carabante were all in attendance at the event.