Oliver Rowland to race for Status Grand Prix

FR3.5 Champion joins Irish squad for final two GP2 rounds

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By Olivier Ferret

9 November 2015 - 14:14

Having clinched the Formula Renault 3.5 title with a record breaking eight victories, 23-year-old British racer Oliver Rowland will join the race-winning Status GP2 team for the final two rounds of the 2015 season.

Rowland secured two top-ten finishes in an impressive GP2 Series debut at Silverstone earlier this season followed by a front row qualifying position in his second race-weekend at Spa Francorchamps. The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver is excited about returning to the GP2 Series and is confident he can perform in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi despite never having raced at the two Middle Eastern tracks before.

Speaking ahead of his Status GP2 debut Oliver Rowland said “The RSF felt that driving for Status offered me a good opportunity to gain valuable experience at tracks that I’ve not raced on previously.

"Needless to say, I’m delighted to be back racing in the series again. The car suits my style of driving, so hopefully I can give a good account of myself.

"As always the target at both rounds will be podium finishes. Naturally, if I could add to the team’s wins at Monaco and Sochi, I’d be over the moon."

Commenting on the signing, Teddy Yip Jnr said “We‘re delighted to welcome Oliver to our GP2 team and it’s clear that he has a very bright future in our sport.

“Oliver is a world–class driver with a Formula 1 career beckoning. It won’t be an easy task competing against so many experienced GP2 drivers but we have full confidence in his driving ability and commitment to the programme.

“Providing talented drivers with a platform to shine is incredibly important to me and having achieved two race victories in our maiden GP2 season with rookie Richie Stanaway, we can be proud of our achievements to date.”

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