AFTER THE high India experienced when Karun Chandhok won a GP2 series race at Spa Francochamps last year, its time for more celebrations. Armaan Ebrahim has just signed a deal with UK-based team DPR (David Price Racing) and will race in the Asian round of the GP2 series, the stepping-stone for Formula One, this year.
The official announcement was made here on Monday and Armaan said, "It is a big opportunity for me for the simple reason that F1 is the next stage."
The Asian edition of the GP2 series is being held for the first time this year. The event will comprise of five rounds. Of the ten races, four will be held in Dubai and two each in Indonesia, Malaysia and Bahrain.
"My plan is to stay in the GP2 series for a couple of years and then wait for the call up to Formula One."
Resources were one of the issues that cost Armaan an opportunity to race in the European edition of the GP2 series. "Since there are double the races in the European edition, the cost gets almost doubled. So, I'll probably wait for another year."
Last year was good for Armaan and kind redemption after his bad experience at A1 GP. He won five races in the Formula Renault V6 Asia Championship, 2007 for Team TARADTM.
"I was young then, with little experience. Now, I feel I can handle the car much better. I think I had rushed into A1 GP, then, a bit too early than I should have had," he said. "I think I'll do better if I get a chance now."
The year 2006 brought out a kind of renaissance in him. "I participated in the Formula Renault in England and that kind of changed me. I raced with a very low team and did well despite that. I got used to the cold and harsh conditions there. That helped me build my race-craft and competition skills," he said.