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Mans Grenhagen joins Van Amersfoort in European F3

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

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Mans Grenhagen will contest the FIA F3 European Championship in 2013 with Van Amersfoort Racing, according to the Dutch magazine START. The Swede is set to partner Dennis van de Laar and a third, yet unconfirmed driver.

Grenhagen, 19, made his graduation from a successful karting career to single-seater racing in 2009, taking part in the Formula Lista Junior series. Scoring one podium and one pole position, Grenhagen finished tenth overall in a season dominated by Kevin Giovesi. In 2010, Grenhagen joined Jenzer Motorsport for a campaign in Formula Abarth. Competing in four out of seven championship rounds, he finished 15th overall with two fourth-place finishes as his best results.

The Swede was not racing in anything major in 2011, but returned the subsequent year to contest F3 Open. He made his debut in the winter series for that championship, taking the victory in one race out of two. The first half of the main season went very well for him as he and Gianmarco Raimondo traded first place in the standings from race to race. However, the second half saw results diminish and, with three wins overall, Grenhagen finished third in the standings.

Van Amersfoort are expected to run a third car in this year’s European F3, with Richie Stanaway known to be a prime candidate for the seat.