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Mitch Evans moves to GP2 with Arden

Reigning GP3 champion Mitch Evans has been confirmed for his maiden season in GP2, after being unveiled as Arden's choice to race alongside Johnny Cecotto Jr. in 2013.
Mitch Evans will follow-up his championship-winning season in GP3 with his maiden campaign in the GP2 Series in 2013 as a driver with Arden International, the team announced on Tuesday.

“We are delighted to have Mitch move up to GP2 and stay with the Arden team," said sporting director Julian Rouse. "We have a great relationship with him, and have seen him grow in the last two years in a Championship that was created to bring great drivers into GP2 Series."

Having claimed three wins, four poles and six podiums on his way to winning the GP3 title with the team in 2012, New Zealand-born Evans was similarly happy with the confirmation that he would be remaining with Arden in 2013 while moving up to their GP2 squad.

"Firstly I'd like the thank Arden for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to drive with them in GP2 after two great years in GP3," said the 18-year-old. "I am hugely grateful for the chance to race in the GP2 series. I have full trust in the team that they will give me the best opportunity to have a successful rookie season. I can not wait for the season to get underway."

Evans will join Johnny Cecotto Jr., who had already been confirmed by the team last week as having clinched a race seat with the squad. Both drivers had spent time with Arden during the four days of post-season testing at Barcelona and Jerez at the end of 2012.

"We tested Mitch at the Barcelona and Jerez tests at the end of last year and were encouraged by his performance, especially as he was in the top ten with drivers who have several years GP2 experience," said Rouse. "Also with everyone at Arden knowing Mitch so well, I am sure we can develop him as a front running GP2 driver very quickly and efficiently.”

Other drivers working with the team in Spain were Auto GP World Series champion Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Swiss driver Simon Trummer. Quaife-Hobbs last week told attendees to the Autosport International Show in Birmingham that he was close to a GP2 deal for 2013 and was optimistic about having something in place before the start of pre-season activities.

Meanwhile, Evan's former GP3 team MW-Arden - which is run by Arden in association with F1 driver Mark Webber - has confirmed its driver line-up for this year's campaign, with 18-year-old Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr. moving from British Formula 3 to race alongside Russia's Daniil Kvyat, who was runner-up in the 2012 Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0. The pair will be joined by Romanian driver Robert Visoiu, with the 16-year-old making a big leap up from Formula Abarth.

In associated news, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series team Arden-Caterham has confirmed that Antonio Felix da Costa will remain with them for the 2013 season. Da Costa finished in fourth place in that championship last year while also clinching third place in the GP3 Series with Carlin, with whom he also went on to win the 2012 Macau Grand Prix Formula Three.



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Mitch Evans (NZL, Arden International) during the second day of post-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday October 31 2012. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Mitch Evans [Pic credit: GP3]
2012 GP3 Series Champion Mitch Evans (NZL, MW Arden) photographed on the old banking at Monza. (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/LAT Photographic)
Mitch Evans (NZL) tests with Arden International during the first day of post-season testing at Jerez in Spain on November 22 2012. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) first, Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) second, Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) third in race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) and Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) at the start of race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) wins race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) in parc ferme after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates on the podium after winning race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) on the podium after the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates with champagne on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International), Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) on the feature race podium at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) on the podium at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 6 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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