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Frijns makes GP2 comeback at Spa with Hilmer

Robin Frijns will be back in action with Hilmer Motorsport for this weekend's GP2 races at Spa-Francorchamps after missing out on the action in Hungary.
Sauber F1's test and development driver Robin Frijns is to make a quick return to the GP2 Series and will be back with Hilmer Motorsport for the eighth weekend of the 2013 season which is being held at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

The 22-year-old Dutch driver, who is currently the reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion, made his d├ębut with the team earlier this year at Bahrain and went on to claim a feature race win at the following round in Spain, also going on to also participate at Monaco, Silverstone and the Nuburgring.

However it appeared that Frijn's GP2 involvement had been prematurely curtailed when it was revealed that he was being replaced for the next round in Hungary by Britain's Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, the reigning AutoGP World Series champion who had been competing with MP Motorsport up to that point.

At the time, Frijns had made no secret of the reason why he had been ousted from the #22 car: "So that was it then. No money no drive," Frijns posted on Twitter. "Winning championships is not enough these days!"

But now Frijns has been recalled to the squad - although with Quaife-Hobbs continuing with Hilmer this weekend at Spa, Frijns will now move to the sister #23 car which means that it's Britain's Jon Lancaster who will be the driver watching on from the sidelines.

"About to leave to Spa this weekend," Frijns posted on the social media site Twitter. "I will be back in the car again for Hilmer Motorsport!

"They missed me and wanted me to drive again," Frijns told the media on Wednesday, adding perhaps injudiciously: "They put Quaife-Hobbs in the car, but they were not very happy."

As for Lancaster, the Leeds-based driver himself confirmed the news on Twitter: "It's official, I'm not racing at Spa. A situation that was out of our hands. Thank you to Franz Hilmer for the opportunity. I loved it.

"Be careful with my car," he added in a tweet addressed to Frijns. "Its a Leeds Utd car!"

Lancaster is currently sixth in the drivers championship with 65 points after making his 2013 start at Spain where he finished on the feature race podium on his maiden outing. He went on to claim two sprint race wins at Silverstone and the Nurburgring, but had a dismal time of it at Hungary.




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Melville McKee (GBR, Bamboo Engineering) celebrates his victory at the Nurburgring on Sunday, July 7 2013. on the podium with Alexander Sims (GBR, Status Grand Prix) and Nick Yelloly (GBR, Carlin). (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Jon Lancaster (GBR, Hilmer Motorsport) celebrates his victory on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at the Nurburgring in Germany on July 7, 2013. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Robin Frijns (NED, Hilmer Motorsport) celebrates his victory after the Spain feature race at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcalona - Saturday, May 11. (World Copyright: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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