BRI­TISH ACE AITKEN GETS GP3 GRAD­U­A­TION

Dou­ble For­mula Re­nault cham­pion signs for Ar­den and tar­gets F1 feeder ti­tle

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook CV Pho­tos: LAT, Jakob Ebrey

Ris­ing Bri­tish star Jack Aitken will grad­u­ate into the GP3 Se­ries this year with Ar­den In­ter­na­tional.

Aitken en­joyed a suc­cess­ful 2015 cam­paign, land­ing both the For­mula Re­nault 2.0 Eurocup and ALPS cham­pi­onships with the Koira­nen GP team.

The 20-year-old had been weigh­ing up a move into ei­ther GP3 or the For­mula 3.5 V8 se­ries for this year, but opted for GP3 af­ter a strong test run with Ar­den in Abu Dhabi last Novem­ber where he topped the times in a ses­sion.

Aitken joins fel­low Bri­ton Jake Den­nis at Ar­den for a full GP3 Se­ries as­sault.

Ar­den gen­eral man­ager Ju­lian Rouse said: “We first worked with Jack in 2013 in the For­mula Re­nault 3.5 young driver test and he was al­ready im­pres­sive then. Now he has fin­ished his stud­ies and has had the chance to fully fo­cus on rac­ing in 2015, and the per­for­mance from him has been out­stand­ing.

“We had a very good test in Abu Dhabi [last year] and it showed that Jack is clearly ready to chal­lenge for race wins in his rookie sea­son in GP3 so we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our suc­cess.”

Ex-mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award fi­nal­ist Aitken added: “I be­came close with the guys at Ar­den early in my ca­reer so I’m re­ally ex­cited to be rac­ing with them. Hav­ing come off the back of a cham­pi­onship-win­ning year in a very com­pet­i­tive se­ries I’m keen not to rest on my lau­rels and take the fight to the next level.”

Aitken tested with Ar­den Aitken won two 2015 FR ti­tles

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