Bri­tish ace Row­land gets GP2 shot with MP

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Bri­ton Oliver Row­land will move into the GP2 Se­ries this year with the sup­port of Re­nault af­ter be­ing named as one of the firm’s Re­nault Sport Academy driv­ers.

Along­side its For­mula 1 team, Re­nault also an­nounced the for­ma­tion of the Academy scheme, which will back and de­velop driv­ing tal­ent to­ward the ul­ti­mate goal of bring­ing new driv­ers into For­mula 1. It pro­vides fit­ness, education and men­tor­ing pro­grammes.

Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion driver Row­land, 23, will join Dutch squad MP Mo­tor­sport for his first full year of GP2. He made two GP2 ap­pear­ances last sea­son with the team, and also won the For­mula Re­nault 3.5 ti­tle.

“This is the kind of ca­reer move that ev­ery driver dreams of,” said Row­land. “I owe a huge debt of grat­i­tude to Re­nault Sport. Hav­ing worked and lived with MP in the Nether­lands through­out my se­cond year in the For­mula Re­nault Eurocup we de­vel­oped a strong re­la­tion­ship and I hope to cap­i­talise on that in GP2.”

Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion founder Gra­ham Sharp added: “Re­nault Sport have pro­vided the all-im­por­tant step­ping­stones for Oliver to make his way from kart­ing to the brink of F1. It’s ex­tremely ex­cit­ing to see him take this next leap with Re­nault also. Now it’s up to him to seize the op­por­tu­nity with both hands.”

MP team head San­der Dors­man added: “We are acutely aware that this is a make or break year in terms of Oliver’s F1 as­pi­ra­tions. We will be do­ing ev­ery­thing in our power to en­sure we en­gi­neer a car that will en­able him to de­liver.”

Brit was FR3.5 cham­pion

Row­land raced with MP in 2015

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