Plamen Kralev is one of Bulgaria's leading motorsport figures,
having been elected in 2008 by the National Tourism Agency as his
country's official global motorsport ambassador.
Kralev's racing career began relatively recently in 2007 when he competed in the Ferrari Challenge Coppa Shell, where he scored two race wins and took two pole positions in his first season. He returned to the series the following year with great success, taking two wins, two podiums and four pole positions from eight races. He also enjoyed success in a variety of other series, winning races in the Ferrari Challenge Italia series and competing in selected FIA GT3 races.
In 2009 Kralev announced he would be competing in the International GT Open in his Ferrari 430 GT2. The same year he also made history by becoming the first Bulgarian ever to compete in the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours, finishing 11th in his Porsche 911 GT3.
At the end of 2009 he made the move into the GP2 Asia Series, where he raced with Trident Racing. He made solid progress throughout the series, closing the gap between himself and the frontrunners by around three seconds over the eight races.
That precipitated a move into Formula Two in 2010 where he made good progress, challenging for top 10s and securing his maiden points finish at Monza after coming through the field from 17th on the grid to 10th at the flag. He returned to F2 in 2011 where he was again challenging for points with a number of solid performances, particularly in the second half of the season. His best moment came at Austria's Red Bull Ring where he recorded his second ever points finish, moving from the back of the field in race one and making up a record 12 places to cross the line 10th.
|2011||FIA Formula Two Championship||23rd, 1 top 10|
|2010||FIA Formula Two Championship||20th|
|International GT Open
GP2 Asia Series
Le Mans 24 Hours
ADAC GT Masters
Ferrari Challenge Coppa Shell
2 races, 1 podium
8 races, 2 wins, 2 podiums, 4 poles
|2007||Ferrari Challenge Coppa Shell||15 races, 2 wins, 2 poles|
|MSV wins FIA Formula Two Championship Tender||15 Sep|
|FIA Formula Two Championship briefing||29 Sep|
|Jonathan Palmer unveils Formula Two plans||2 Oct|
|Top three F2 drivers to gain FIA Superlicence||7 Oct|
|F2 engine undergoes first dyno test||30 Oct|
|Chassis development continues at Williams F1||2 Dec|
|Imola and Barcelona added to provisional F2 calendar||7 Nov|
|FIA approves 2009 Formula Two calendar||14 Dec|
|F2 production engines ready for installation||13 Feb|
|FIA Formula Two Championship website is re-launched||1 Jan|
|BREAKING NEWS :: Formula Two car launched at Brands Hatch||2 Mar|
|2009 drivers give their verdict on the new car||1 Jan|
|F2TV :: Video of F2 unveiling and demonstration laps now available online||1 Jan|
|F2 car testing programme continues apace||1 Jan|
|'F2 Fanzone' goes live||1 Jan|
|5,000kms and counting...||1 Jan|
|Williams JPH1 back at Brands Hatch||1 Jan|
|Patrick Head: “It has been a hell of a challenge”||1 Jan|
|F2 points system tweaked||1 Jan|
|The final countdown - Snetterton Group Test 5/6 May||1 Jan|
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