Arden International have announced that Nabil Jeffri and Jimmy Eriksson will race for them in the GP2 Series throughout 2016.
“I am very excited to be joining Arden International for my step into GP2 Series,” said Jeffri. “We have had some positive pre-season testing sessions and I have enjoyed working with a team who are very professional and encouraging. I look forward to a great rookie season.
This has been my lifelong dream and I very much look forward to living it out in front of my fellow Malaysians when we race at my home circuit later this year. The Sepang Circuit is one many drivers find challenging, so I hope my experience on this track will help my performance, and I will do Malaysia proud.”
Malaysian driver, Jeffri, competed in the German and European F3 in recent years and will make his GP2 debut alongside Swedish driver, Eriksson.
“I am thrilled to be joining the GP2 Series field with Arden International this season,” claimed the Swede. “It’s what I’ve been working towards and dreaming about over the winter, and I can’t wait for the first race. GP2 is an extremely competitive series and I will have a lot to learn, but I really gelled with the team during pre-season testing and that’s where we’ll pick up in Barcelona in a few weeks’ time.”
Eriksson graduates to GP2 from the GP3 Series, which he joined back in 2013. During his time in the GP3 Series, Eriksson had three successful seasons, taking three podiums including a win in Sochi.
The GP3 graduate continued by saying: “…I think my experience of GP3 will stand me in good stead for this move, particularly in terms of track knowledge. The main difference will be the length of the races. I will need to learn how to take care of the tyres for a longer period of time, in a more powerful car. Having said that, our race simulations looked highly promising in testing, so I feel quite comfortable with that already. We will have to be realistic and take things step by step, but I’m massively looking forward to this new challenge.”
The 2016 Championship will begin at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on May 13th.