Swedish rising star Jimmy Eriksson has become the first racer to join the RUSSIAN TIME GP3 squad for 2014.
It will be Eriksson’s second year in the category, following a less-than-successful foray with Status Grand Prix. Over the course of the sixteen-race season, the Swede struggled for consistency, ensuring he scored no points.
After a difficult year in the F3 Euroseries in 2011, Eriksson stepped back to the German F3 category the following season, where he dominated in a relatively small field, before moving to GP3 last year.
Happily for Eriksson, the RUSSIAN TIME GP3 effort is effectively run by the Motopark squad – the same group that helped Eriksson to his German F3 title in 2012. “I’m excited to have been given this opportunity to join RUSSIAN TIME for their first foray into GP3, and it does feel a bit like coming home. I share some very fond memories with this team, culminating in the ATS Formula 3 Cup title in 2012 – our most recent season together.”
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old knows full well that this may still be a tricky year for the Russian-German unit, as they embark on their GP3 début. “The guys are new to GP3 and this is an ultra-competitive championship, but their record from GP2 last year – winning the teams’ title on their first attempt – highlights everything this group of people is capable of. With the experience I have now gained, I’m confident of fighting much closer to the front of the field and challenging for some strong results this year.”
Whether he finds a comforting setting in the RUSSIAN TIME squad will be key to Eriksson’s future in the category.