The bright lights and glamour of Singapore will this weekend host the finale of the 2012 GP2 Series – a season which has so far seen Carlin take three consecutive pole positions and a sensational win from pole, for Max Chilton who is still in with a fight for third in the championship standings. This will be the first time that GP2 has visited the Marina Bay complex however for Carlin man Rio Haryanto it will seem like a familiar hunting ground following a podium position at the track in 2009 while competing in the Formula BMW Asia Pacific Championship.

The GP2 Series finale in Singapore this weekend will be the first time the championship has raced as the support to the Formula One night race. The Singapore street track will be a new challenge for the majority of the drivers in the GP2 field. Haryanto, an exception, has previously raced the Singapore circuit in 2009 where he secured second position before going on to win the Formula BMW championship that year.

For Carlin Singapore signals the end of what has been a successful year – only their second in the championship. With three pole positions and a win to date the team currently lie sixth in the team standings with two races left to run. Chilton’s season in the championship has also been his best to date with his dominant pole position and win in Hungary a highlight which now sees him sitting fifth in the Drivers’ Championship. The young Brit is aiming for another successful weekend in Asia as the battle for third in the drivers’ championship reaches its climax.

The tight Marina Bay circuit features 25 demanding corners during the 5.073 km lap meaning free practice on Friday morning will be vital for the entire field as they look to learn the circuit as quickly as possible. Full concentration is demanded from all the drivers as the close barriers and high kerbs keep them alert during both races this weekend.

Looking ahead to racing around the circuit for the first time Max Chilton said, ‘I’m really looking forward to this weekend and very excited about driving the Singapore circuit. The whole city and atmosphere here is so amazing and so is the track from what I’ve seen so far. I think we have a good chance here if we continue the momentum from the past few races so I can’t wait until Friday afternoon to try it out!’

Having already competed here in the past team mate Rio Haryanto added, ‘I raced here with the Formula BMW 2009 taking a podium in a year where I went on to secure the championship. It’s a very technical track and requires a lot of concentration to get every corner right. The GP2 car is going to feel completely different around here but I’m hoping that my experience of the track will give me an advantage as we head into Friday’s running.’