With 2008 winding down to its final days, the focus is shifting on next year. So we can expect the major racing series around the world to be setting their calendars for the upcoming season, and GP2 has chimed in with their own.

The open-wheel feeder series is the official support series to Formula One, with GP2 races taking place in parallel to F1 grands prix. The shorter GP2 season means that they don't go everywhere the F1 circus does, but this year the feeder series, run by Renault boss Flavio Briatore and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, will hold one stand-alone race in its first foray into Portugal. Follow the jump to review the full ten-race calendar for the 2009 GP2 series.

[Source: F1-Live]



11-13 March - Paul Ricard, France Test
23-25 March - Barcelona, Spain Test
9-10 May - Barcelona, Spain Race
22-23 May - Monte-Carlo, Monaco Race
6-7 June - Istanbul, Turkey Race
20-21 June - Silverstone, Great-Britain Race
11-12 July - Nurburgring, Germany Race
25-26 July - Budapest, Hungary Race
22-23 August - Valencia, Spain Race
29-30 August - Spa Francorchamps, Belgium Race
12-13 September - Monza, Italy Race
19-20 September - Portimao, Portugal Race.