Young Estonian prospect Kevin Korjus will race in Auto GP this weekend at Oschersleben when he stands in for Rio Haryanto at the DAMS team.

Haryanto will be contesting the clashing GP3 Series round at the Hungaroring, allowing Korjus to take the wheel in Germany.

18-year-old Korjus won the Formula Renault Eurocup last year and in 2011 has stepped up to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series driving for Tech 1. He has shone in his rookie season, claiming three race wins and is currently third in the standings.

He is managed by the Gravity Sport Management firm, which has strong links to DAMS.

“I am really glad that DAMS have given me the opportunity to race next weekend in Oschersleben,” said Korjus. “I know that the series has a high level and it is a first time for me with DAMS and with the Auto GP car, so for sure it will be hard, but I hope we will be competitive and we can make some good results. I am really looking forward to it.”

Series chief Enzo Coloni commented: “One of Europe's best motorsport talents joins our grid, I can only be delighted by that, also because it confirms that Auto GP has a strong appeal on some very different kinds of drivers, from veterans with many wins behind them to young guns like Korjus.

“I'm pretty curious to see how Kevin will cope with his Auto GP debut: he already showed that he's talented and that he can adapt very quickly to new cars and situations, and DAMS will provide him a top car, so I won't be surprised if he will be quick from scratch.”