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Campos Racing joins GP3 field to replace Hilmer

by Peter Allen
Campos Racing

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service

Campos Racing have expanded into GP3 for the 2015 season, replacing the Hilmer Motorsport squad.

The Spanish team, run by Adrian Campos, made their return to GP2 this year following a spell under the Addax guise of Alejandro Agag, and won a race with Arthur Pic. The outfit also competes in Euroformula Open, and in the World Touring Car Championship.

?I am very happy that we will participate in the GP3 Series for 2015,” said Campos. “I would like to thank [series boss] Bruno Michel for giving us this opportunity. Campos Racing will now compete in in two of the most competitive series? worldwide with GP2 and GP3 next season.”

Franz Hilmer explained the decision to leave GP3 after just one season, where his team finished eighth in the teams’ standings thanks to 18 points scored by Riccardo Agostini.

“It has been a difficult year for Hilmer Motorsport in GP3 and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the GP3 project for the dedication, hard work and effort,” said Hilmer.

“We struggled a lot with our GP3 team which we took over quite late, just some weeks before the start of the season. It made things more difficult for us in every way.

“Following in-depth discussions with Bruno Michel, he informed me that Adrian Campos was potentially interested to run a GP3 team with Campos Racing. I know Adrian very well as we have been friends for years; therefore we found an agreement very fast. We would like to thank Bruno Michel and the GP3 Series for their support this year and we wish the new owners Campos Racing the best of luck for the future.?

Michel commented: ?I am pleased to welcome Campos Racing to the GP3 Series. They have shown their pedigree in GP2 and I?m sure they will be a great addition to the GP3 grid.

“I?m convinced that thanks to their expertise they will adapt quickly to GP3 and will work hard over the winter to be fully prepared for a busy season. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Franz Hilmer and his GP3 outfit for their hard work which will continue in GP2 next season.?

Campos have already been rumoured with running Santiago Urrutia?in the series, while team protege Alex Palou ran well in post-season testing with other teams.

There is still a potential vacancy to fill on the GP3 grid if Manor do not return following the collapse of the parent Formula 1 team, but this has not yet been confirmed.