Young British driver Nick Yelloly will race in the GP3 Series in 2011 with Atech CRS Grand Prix. The 19-year-old from Solihull competed for Atech in the 2010 Formula Renault UK season, winning at the season finale at Brands Hatch and finishing seventh in the standings.
Yelloly drove for the team in all the end-of-season GP3 tests at Estoril and Jerez, and has been getting additional track time this week by testing a Formula Master car at Spa in Belgium.
Speaking from Spa, Nick said: “I am really excited to be moving up from the British Formula Renault championship to GP3 which has to be regarded now as the best championship out there for the aspiring young professional. To be able to make this step with Atech CRS, with whom I've achieved rapidly improving success in a relatively short career, is a real added bonus.
“The prospect of being joined by two other talented young drivers in 2011 will enable me and the team to make a serious attempt at achieving many successes through the year. No one should underestimate how serious we are about mounting a very serious campaign as a team in 2011. We relish the challenge and can't wait for the new season to start. Thank you particularly to David Hayle, Atech CRS and my sponsors for giving me this opportunity.”
Team Principal Hayle was also delighted to continue his relationship with Nick, praising his effort and rate of improvement. He commented: “I'm over the moon that Nick is moving up to GP3 with Atech CRS. He's been with Atech for the last two seasons in Formula Renault during which time his rate of improvement as a driver has been massive.
“He's just got stronger and stronger with time, ending the season with a victory in the last round at Brands, which was thoroughly deserved. I'm really looking forward to working with Nick again he certainly puts the effort in.”
Atech CRS hopes to announce its second driver for 2011 soon and says it is in negotiations with two other drivers for the third seat.