Koiranen Motorsport will compete in the GP3 Series from 2013 after being announced amongst the nine teams that will take part in the championship for the next three seasons.
The Finnish outfit replaces Ocean Racing Technology, who were newcomers in 2012 after taking over the entry of Tech 1 Racing.
Koiranen have enjoyed success in Formula Renault 2.0 in recent seasons, winning the Eurocup drivers’ title with Kevin Korjus in 2010 and the teams’ title last year. In the Northern European Cup they won the drivers’ title last year with Carlos Sainz Jr in addition to the teams’ title. In 2012 they are in the title fight in both the Eurocup and Alps series with Red Bull Junior Daniil Kvyat.
Koiranen joins existing teams Lotus GP, MW Arden, Carlin, Jenzer Motorsport, Marussia Manor Racing, Status Grand Prix, Atech CRS GP and Trident Racing in the series. The nine teams will compete from 2013 until 2015 – the life of the revised GP3/13 car that will be introduced next season. Each team will run up to three cars.
“I am very pleased to reveal the names of the nine teams that have been given an entry for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons,” said GP3 CEO Bruno Michel.
“We have received a lot of requests from some of the best motorsport teams which proves once again that GP3 generates a lot of interest. In only three years time, the Series has grown into one of the most important categories and its rescaling with a more powerful car has reinforced its position as a stepping stone to GP2.
“We have chosen to stay loyal to most of the existing GP3 teams but we thought it was also important to bring fresh blood into the mix which is why we’re happy to welcome Koiranen Motorsport who has been very successful in other categories. It will be very interesting to see how these nine teams will adapt to the new GP3/13 car.
“We are now working on the 2013 calendar. In the meantime, we are focusing on our development test programme. So far, the results have shown that we will have a very competitive and reliable car which will make for a great season.”