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Nick Yelloly returns to GP3 Series with Carlin

by Peter Allen

Photo: Drew Gibson/GP3 Media Service

Nick Yelloly will return to racing in the GP3 Series this season after Carlin announced him as their third and final driver for the 2013 campaign.

Yelloly previously competed in the category in 2011, and although he had a tough season with the Atech CRS GP team, he scored a podium on home soil at Silverstone.

After successfully sampling Formula Renault 3.5 towards the end of the year, the Englishman committed full-time to the championship for 2012. He won the season opener at Motorland Aragon and also became the first two-time winner when he took victory at the Nurburgring, on his way to fifth in the final standings.

?I?m really looking forward to working with Carlin this year, they?re a team with a great history so I think this will be an extremely exciting season for me,? said Yelloly. ?The upgrades to the car have transformed where GP3 is in the motorsport ladder; with so much more power and the combination of the Pirelli tyres and the F1 circuits, GP3 is a great package for me to be part of right now.

?I?m looking forward to the entire season; it?s great to have a home round at Silverstone but I also enjoy racing at the Nurburgring. There?s also Abu Dhabi to look ahead to which will mark the first time I?ve race in Asia, and it?s such a big track with what seems like a great atmosphere around it so it should be a fantastic experience.? I just can?t wait for the season to start now, I?m in a good team and I?m aiming to fight for the championship.?

Trevor Carlin added: ?I?m delighted that Nick completes our 2013 GP3 line-up. He was one of the stand-out drivers of FR3.5 last year and his experience of a more powerful car will certainly be a big advantage with the new GP3 car.? He really does make the most of every opportunity and he?ll be a big asset to our team.? With his experience at this level of racing I?m expecting him to be fighting at the front from the start of the season.?

Yelloly joins Eric Lichtenstein and Luis Sa Silva at Carlin, who ran Antonio Felix da Costa to a title challenge last year.