Swedish GP3 racer Jimmy Eriksson has transferred to Koiranen GP, following the annulment of his contract with RUSSIAN TIME.
Eriksson moves to the Finnish squad from Status Grand Prix, after a difficult début season in GP3 that saw the 22-year-old score no points.
With the transfer confirmed, Eriksson commented: “I’m immensely thankful to Koiranen GP for their vital efforts to help get me onto the GP3 grid in a competitive car.”
The Koiranen team finished 3rd in the Teams’ Championship in only their first effort and took two wins along the way with Aaro Vainio. It was a record that inspired Eriksson’s decision to move.
Eriksson added: “Besides enjoying a proven track record in other junior formulae, Koiranen GP did an extraordinary job during their maiden GP3 campaign last year, and I think the mentality of the team – Nordic as it is – will fit me well. I’ve been fortunate enough to land one of the most competitive seats in the series, and I now intend to make the most of this new opportunity.”
The status of Eriksson’s RUSSIAN TIME deal came into question when team boss Igor Mazepa passed away last month. Unfortunately with the withdrawal of Team Motopark who ran the RUSSIAN TIME squad, Eriksson’s original contract was cancelled, leaving the Swede with precious little time to pull a deal together.
“From thinking everything was on-track for a strong season with Russian Time, to the tragic passing of Igor and a complete turnaround in everything we’d been working on over the winter, it has been an experience I’d now like to move on from,” said Eriksson.