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GP2: FR3.5 champion Rowland joins Status GP for final rounds

New Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland will join the Status GP2 team for the final two rounds of the GP2 2015 season.
New Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland will join the Status GP2 team for the final two rounds of the GP2 2015 season.

The 23-year-old British driver made his GP2 debut earlier this season at Silverstone for MP Motorsport, claiming two points finishes, before making a second outing at Spa-Francorchamps.

The 2011 McLaren Autosport Award winner, who is backed by the Racing Steps Foundation, wants to use the opportunity to 'gain valuable experience' at Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, circuits he has never competed at.

“The RSF felt that driving for Status offered me a good opportunity to gain valuable experience at tracks that I've not raced on previously,” Rowland said. "Needless to say, I'm delighted to be back racing in the series again. The car suits my style of driving, so hopefully I can give a good account of myself.

"As always the target at both rounds will be podium finishes. Naturally, if I could add to the team's wins at Monaco and Sochi, I'd be over the moon."

Team boss Teddy Yip Jnr welcomes Rowland with open arms and is confident the team can help the Brit on his burgeoning career which he feels will see him make it into F1.

“We're delighted to welcome Oliver to our GP2 team and it's clear that he has a very bright future in our sport,” Yip Jnr said. “Oliver is a world–class driver with a Formula 1 career beckoning. It won't be an easy task competing against so many experienced GP2 drivers but we have full confidence in his driving ability and commitment to the programme.

“Providing talented drivers with a platform to shine is incredibly important to me and having achieved two race victories in our maiden GP2 season with rookie Richie Stanaway, we can be proud of our achievements to date.”

Rowland will make his debut for the team at Bahrain on the 20-22 November before the season finale a week later in Abu Dhabi on the 27-29 November.

Tagged as: GP2 , Rowland , Status GP

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