Relieved Eriksson Signs for Koiranen GP

Jimmy Eriksson (Credit: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic)

Swedish driver Jimmy Eriksson has signed for the Finnish GP3 team Koiranen GP after the contract he had signed with Russian Time fell through following the death of team boss Igor Mazepa.

Eriksson had signed and been announced by Russian Time, who are making their debut in the series after taking over the Bamboo Engineering entry, at the end of January but following Mazepa’s death, all contracts signed to both the GP3 team and the GP2 team well nullified.  This left Eriksson out of a drive that he thought was his, but he has landed a seat at Koiranen.

“The last few weeks have been some of the most emotionally unsettling of my career, and I’m immensely thankful to Koiranen GP for their vital efforts to help get me onto the GP3 grid in a competitive car,” said Eriksson to Autosport.

“From thinking everything was on-track for a strong season with Russian Time, to the tragic passing of Igor and a complete turnaround in everything we’d been working on over the winter, it has been an experience I’d now like to move on from.”

Eriksson raced for Status Grand Prix in 2013 with minimal success, failing to score a single point over the course of the season.