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It has been confirmed that GP3 champion Mitch Evans will graduate to the GP2 Series with the Arden team.
Funding restrictions had put the New Zealander’s progression to the championship in doubt despite a ?200,000 cheque from Pirelli, but Arden have now confirmed that Mark Webber’s protege will make the step up with them after testing with the British squad late last year.
?Firstly I’d like the thank Arden for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to drive with them in GP2 after two greats years in GP3,? said Evans.
?I want to thank Mark Webber and [partner] Ann Neal and everyone behind the scenes that have made this possible, I am hugely grateful for the chance to race in the GP2 series. I have full trust in the team that they will give me the best opportunity to have a successful rookie season. I cannot wait for the season to get underway.?
Arden sporting director Julian Rouse added: ?We are delighted to have Mitch move up to GP2 and stay with the Arden team. We have a great relationship with him, and have seen him grow in the last two years in a Championship that was created to bring great drivers into GP2 Series.
?We tested Mitch at the Barcelona and Jerez tests at the end of last year and were encouraged by his performance especially as he was in the top 10 with drivers who have several years GP2 experience. Also with everyone at Arden knowing Mitch so well, I am sure we can develop him as a front running GP2 driver very quickly and efficiently.?