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GP2 Red Bull Ring: Binder jumps in for banned Matsushita

Rene Binder will step in for ART Grand Prix at his home round at Spielberg as Nobuharu Matsushita serves his one-race ban from Baku.
Rene Binder will step in for ART Grand Prix at his home round at Spielberg as Nobuharu Matsushita serves his one-race ban from Baku.

The Japanese driver was punished for careless and dangerous driving in Baku when he misjudged safety car restarts on two separate occasions which both lead to carnage behind him and saw multiple drivers eliminated from the GP2 sprint race.

As a result. Matsushita will be absent in Austria due to the ban and ART Grand Prix have been given clearance to field a stand-in driver in the shape of experienced GP2 competitor Binder.

Binder raced in the series between 2012-15 claiming a handful of points finishes with Venezuela GP Lazarus, Arden International, Trident and MP Motorsport.

The 24-year-old currently competes in the Formula V8 3.5 series for Lotus and recently claimed his second rostrum result of the year at Paul Ricard.

“I want to thank ART Grand Prix for this great opportunity to drive their car at my home race in Spielberg,” Binder said. “I like GP2 but I still have some unfinished business with it so I always said that if there was a chance to get a drive with a top team within the season I would not hesitate to take the challenge.

“Of course it will take a few laps to get the feeling for the car and for the Pirelli tyres again however, I am sure that I will get the best possible support from the team who is, without any doubt, among the most successful race teams in Europe.”

Matsushita will return to action for ART Grand Prix for round five of the 2016 GP2 Series championship at Silverstone next weekend.



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