German Formula 3 champion Marvin Kirchhofer has secured a GP3 deal with the title-winning team ART.
Kirchhofer had originally been lined up to race for Russian Time’s new GP3 programme this year, before the death of team founder Igor Mazepa and the subsequent unraveling of the squad’s deal with Motopark, which had run Kirchhofer in F3.
“I’m looking forward to this new challenge which is the biggest of my career so far,” said the 19-year-old. “For me, ART Grand Prix is one of the best teams in the field as their records surely testify.
“It will be exciting to grow with this team as I know they will give me the best support and that’s one of the keys to a good adaptation.”
ART took Esteban Gutierrez and Valtteri Bottas to the first two GP3 titles, and while Daniel Abt and Facu Regalia fell short of continuing that drivers’ championship run, Frederic Vasseur’s outfit has still claimed every GP3 teams’ crown in the series’ four-year history.
“It’s too early to set myself a target,” Kirchhofer added. “My first test in Abu Dhabi went well: the speed was there and I was consistent, but we have to wait for the winter tests to know where we are and what to aim for in my first season in the series.”
Kirchhofer joins GP3 returnees Alex Fontana and Dino Zamparelli in the ART lineup.
“Marvin is a fast and intelligent driver that harmoniously complements the trio of ART Grand Prix GP3 drivers,” said Vasseur. “His record is already very rich and the ambition of ART Grand Prix is to accompany him throughout this first season so that all his talent will shine through as effectively in GP3 as it did in previous formulas where he was champion the last two years.”
2014 GP3 lineup so far: ART Grand Prix Alex Fontana/Dino Zamparelli/Marvin Kirchhofer Arden R Visoiu/P Niederhauser/J Mardenborough Koiranen GP Jimmy Eriksson/tba/tba Carlin Alex Lynn/Emil Bernstorff/tba Marussia Manor Racing tba/tba/tba Russian Time Jimmy Eriksson/tba/tba Jenzer Motorsport tba/tba/tba Trident Victor Carbone/Roman de Beer/tba Status Grand Prix Nick Yelloly/tba/tba