Carlin’s GP3 team will be back in action this weekend, as the 2013 GP3 Series continues at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Widely regarded as driver favourite, Nick Yelloly and Luis Sa Silva will be joined by Alexander Sims at the historic circuit, who substitutes this weekend for Eric Lichtenstein.
British racer Yelloly will be aiming to bounce back from a disappointing Hungaroring by his standards, leaving Budapest without adding to his points tally. The MSA Team UK driver had a good run of results earlier this season and will be aiming for another podium at Spa this weekend. Team mate Sa Silva meanwhile continues his progress in the series, having been just on the edge of the top ten and the points in the last few events.
Joining the duo for his first GP3 race with Carlin will be Alexander Sims who has a strong history in Formula 3 and the GP3 Series. Sims has competed in one GP3 event so far this season, racking up a second place finish in the process.
Speaking about his last minute call-up, Sims commented, “It’s been a bit of a last minutes dash but of course I’m delighted to join the team for this weekend. I’ve never raced with Carlin before but I have a good relationship with Trevor and was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to race this weekend. The new GP3 car is fantastic and Spa is a great circuit, so I can’t wait to get on track and hope I can deliver a strong result.”
Trevor Carlin added: “Spa is a circuit that both teams and drivers look forward to, although the changeable weather can make it a nightmare for the engineers in terms of strategy and set-up! We’re very pleased to welcome super-sub Alexander to the team this weekend. It goes without saying that the team will work hard to help him familiarise himself with our car as quickly as possible. I know Nick is aiming for a top result this weekend which he is perfectly capable of and Luis should be aiming for his first points as well.”
Track action will kick off for the GP3 drivers on Friday at 17.50 local time for free practice, with qualifying taking place at 9.45 on Saturday followed by race one at 17.20. Race two will conclude track action at 9.25 on Sunday.
Carlin Press Release