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GP2: are Carroll and Minardi a match made in heaven?

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Adam Carroll’s been making a bit of a splash recently after a cracking test at Jerez for Minardi Piquet Sports.

The Northern Irish driver came top of the timesheet after the the final session of the two-day post-season test at the Spanish track.


He finished 0.109 seconds ahead of Xandi Negrao, who is more usually to be found driving the Minardi car. Negrao was testing for ART Grand Prix.

Third place went to Javier Villa, who narrowly beat his team-mate for the day, Ernesto Viso, making a strong return to the GP2 series in Spain.

As well as testing for Minardi, Carroll put in some laps for iSport International. Both teams have expressed an interest in signing him for next year, with iSport team principal Paul Jackson saying “Adam ticks all the boxes.”

Minardi Piquet Sports team boss Felipe Vargas added: “I believe we will be able to put together a good sponsorship package for 2008 and, in this case, Adam would be amongst the top of our wish list.”

Carroll finished the 2007 season in seventh place with a total of 36 points gained across five scoring races for Fisichella Motorsport International. Fellow Brit Mike Conway, driving for Super Nova International, finished 14th and with 19 points scored across four races.

Carroll also won a GP2 Winning Attitudes Award for overtaking manoeuvre of the 2007 season after his performances at Silverstone and Spa this year – on a split decision after the judges couldn’t decide between two of his moves.

In the end he got a joint award for taking Pastor Maldonado during race two, lap 16 at Silverstone and Vitaly Petrov during race two, lap 6 at Spa.

* Adam Carroll has also been celebrating success in A1GP after scoring a podium finish on his debut for Team Ireland.

He came third in the sprint race in Brno, in the Czech Republic, the second fixture of the season, after formally signing for the team earlier this month.


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