Mitch Evans to make step up to GP2 series

Last updated 07:50 16/01/2013
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ON THE RISE: World GP3 champion Mitch Evans will make the move to GP2 this year.

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Mitch Evans will make the move up to the GP2 category for 2013 after a standout 2012.

Evans will remain with Arden International as he steps up after winning the GP3 title last year.

The 18-year-old scored 3 wins, 4 poles and 6 podiums over the 2012 season.

The rookie was understandably excited about the move.

"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 can not wait for the season to get underway."

Evans entered onto the European circuit in 2010 with MW Arden in the GP3 Series and finished 9th. In 2010 he won the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, with 3 wins, 8 poles and 10 podiums at only 16-years-old.

Evans completed testing with both Arden and DAMS in October and November last year. His 2012 turbocharged 2.0-litre GP3 engine produced 280hp, in stark contrast to the 612hp of the 4-litre V8 Renault in the Arden International GP2 chassis.

Arden sporting director Julian Rouse said he was delighted to have Evans make the move with his 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."

The GP2 season will start on March 22 in Sepang, Malaysia and runs through to the final event in Abu Dhabi at the start of November.

Pre-season tests begin at Jerez from February 26-28.

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