Raghunathan calls time on GP3 campaign


2016 GP3 Series Round 1 Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Friday 13 May 2016. Mahaveer Raghunathan (IND, Koiranen GP) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _L4R7940

Mahaveer Raghunathan has confirmed that he will not be seeing out the end of the 2016 GP3 Series due to calendar clashes.

Having made his debut at the opening round at Barcelona, and in doing so became the first driver from his country to compete in the championship.

However, after competing in just the one round the Koiranen GP driver has announced that he will miss the rest of the season and will instead focus his attentions on the Auto GP championship.

The GP3 rounds at the Red Bull Ring and Monza clash with the Italian series which means that Raghunathan would have had to have prioritised one of these campaigns, but this decision goes to show where he feels he will fair better.

The Koiranen team was made aware of the decision by Raghunathan at Barcelona, and currently have no intention to find a replacement – with the rules for this season being teams only score points for three finishers they would not be at a disadvantage anyway.

Briton Matt Parry, Russian Matevos Isakyaan and Swiss driver Ralph Boschung will see out the season for the team.

GP3 is currently taking part of two days testing at the Red Bull Ring and will return there July 1-3 for the next round of the championship.