Narain Karthikeyan will continue to compete in the Auto GP championship on a race-by-race basis

Former Grand Prix driver Narain Karthikeyan will have another outing in the Auto GP series, after extending his race-by-race deal with the Zele Racing team.

The Indian will compete in the series’ second round at Marrakech following an impressive debut performance a fortnight ago at Monza.

The former HRTF1 driver lost his place on the F1 grid following the collapse of he Spanish team during the off-season, and has been linked with possible IndyCar Series outings before securing a one-off appearance in the open-wheel championship, which serves as a double-billing event with the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

The championship races the old Lola cars used in the defunct A1GP series, in which he was a two-time racewinner with Team India.

Karthikeyan earned an impressive fifth-placed finish with the Swiss outfit in the rain-hit opening race, courtesy of a hard-charging drive from the back of the grid. He registered a DNF in Race 2 with a brake failure, and now lies in seventh place in the overall Drivers’ Championship standings. Teammate Luciano Bacheta finished eighth in the first race, and won the second.

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