Richie Stanaway has been handed a second test with the Status Grand Prix team for the upcoming pre-season GP2 test in Bahrain.

The New Zealand driver topped the timesheets on the final day of the first pre-season GP2 test at the wheel of the second Status Grand Prix car with a hot lap of 1m 48.441s, nearly two tenths quicker than his nearest challenger.

Team principal Teddy Yip Jr has been thoroughly impressed by the 23-year-old and has given Stanaway another shot with his GP2 outfit. The young driver also raced for the team in the GP3 series last year, finishing eighth in the drivers' standings and notched up two race victories.

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"At Status we are passionate about developing talent, there is no question that Richie has this in abundance and is a highly motivated driver," Yip said. "His performance in the GP2 test earlier this month proves that he could be a race winner in GP2 as he was for us in GP3."

Stanaway will join up with full-time Status GP2 driver Marlon Stockinger and is hopeful he can replicate his Abu Dhabi pace in Bahrain for the three-day test which begins on 1st April.

"GP2 is one of the strongest Series' in the world, I believe we have a really competitive package at Status and I am hopeful that we can show our pace here in Bahrain as we did in Abu Dhabi," Stanaway said.