GP2 and GP3 to get stand­alone Jerez race

Team Hard re­tains Jake Hill to com­plete 2017 BTCC driver line up

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The GP2 and GP3 Se­ries will race in Jerez for the first time this sea­son af­ter re­veal­ing their 2017 calendars.

The For­mula 1 feeder and sup­port se­ries will have their own stand­alone event at the Span­ish venue on the Oc­to­ber 6-8 week­end, hav­ing pre­vi­ously tested at the cir­cuit in 2014.

GP2 pre­vi­ously held stand­alone events at Va­len­cia and Bahrain’s Sakhir Cir­cuit – a venue that re­turns to its cal­en­dar this year – and raced on the FIA GT un­der­card at Por­ti­mao in 2009, while it also sup­ported the World En­durance Championship at Bahrain in 2015.

The GP3 cal­en­dar has been trimmed from nine events to eight, and also fea­tures one less fly­away event than in 2016 – with its races at the Malaysian Grand Prix event also fall­ing off its sched­ule.

Both se­ries have also lost races at Hock­en­heim from their sched­ules, with the Ger­man Grand Prix hav­ing been re­moved from the F1 cal­en­dar.

Team Hard has com­pleted its line-up for the 2017 Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Championship by re­tain­ing Jake Hill.

The team will switch to the ex-team BKR VW CCS and had al­ready signed Mike Epps and Will Burns to drive the cars. Hill will be start­ing his se­cond full cam­paign with the team af­ter his 2016 cam­paign. He fin­ished 17th in the points with six top six fin­ishes.

The Kent racer, who had only made oc­ca­sional ap­pear­ances in the BTCC be­fore the 2016 sea­son, said: “Last year I learned a huge amount and felt we made some strong progress.

“We worked re­ally well as a team, and it’s re­ally sig­nif­i­cant hav­ing con­ti­nu­ity with the crew and the part­ners. It’s great to be rac­ing the Pas­sat CC with the lat­est RML kit as it will be strong at lots of the cir­cuits.”

Team head Tony Gil­ham said that he was pleased to help Hill to re­turn to the line-up for 2017.

“Jake was re­ally strong last year and got the ab­so­lute max­i­mum from the car,” said Gil­ham. “The team worked re­ally well with him and with the new cars I’m con­fi­dent all three of our driv­ers will be in the mix.”

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