Hughes ties up GP3 Se­ries move with DAMS

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Mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award nom­i­nee Jake Hughes will move into GP3 this year with the DAMS team.

The 21-year-old Bri­ton nar­rowly missed out on both the For­mula Re­nault 2.0 Eurocup and ALPS crowns last sea­son.

The 2013 BRDC F4 cham­pion will now grad­u­ate to GP3 af­ter also test­ing FV8 3.5 and F3 ma­chin­ery dur­ing the win­ter.

“I’m tremen­dously ex­cited for this year,” said Hughes. “DAMS’ record speaks for it­self. They have a track record of go­ing into new cham­pi­onships and be­ing on the pace right away. The new gen­er­a­tion of car should even it out with the other teams. Some can carry stuff over from last year but DAMS knows the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Pirelli tyre con­struc­tion from GP2.

“It’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult as it’s go­ing to be the strong­est grid GP3 has ever been. I like a chal­lenge so it would be great to come out on top.”

Hughes will join DAMS for its maiden sea­son in the cat­e­gory, but he also tested for Ar­den and Koira­nen GP at the end of last year. He will be joined by For­mula Re­nault ri­val Kevin Jorg and Euro­pean F3 driver

Santino Fer­rucci at the team.

Team boss Jean-paul Driot said. “It’s ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive and full of fan­tas­tic driv­ers, but Jake, Santino and Kevin have lots of po­ten­tial.”

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Hughes will join top French squad DAMS for GP3 this year

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