GP3 season to include record nine races as 2014 calendar expands

Austria and Russia added with all GP3 events to run alongside F1

By James Galloway.   Last Updated: 09/12/13 4:07pm

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The GP3 Series has revealed an expanded nine-round calendar for 2014, with the rising lights of the junior category to join F1's stars in tackling Austria and Russia.

Since being established in 2010 the GP3 campaign, which serves as the feeder category to senior sibling GP2, has run to eight race weekends and while last year's stand-alone event in Valencia has been dropped, two new additions of the Red Bull Ring and Sochi take the calendar up to a record nine.

All rounds will run as support events to the corresponding weekend's F1 event, with the campaign to as usual to coincide with the opening GP of the European season in Spain on May 9-11 and again finish at November's Abu Dhabi GP.

In addition to the races, the 2014 field will also get the chance to prepare for the season via three two-day tests at Estoril, Jerez and Barcelona respectively starting from the end of March.

2014 GP3 pre-season tests
March 27-28 - Estoril, Portugal
April 10-11 - Jerez, Spain
April 16-17 - Barcelona, Spain

2014 GP3 race calendar
May 10-11 - Spain (Barcelona)
June 21-22 - Austria (Red Bull Ring)
July 5-6 - Britain (Silverstone)
July 19-20 - Germany (Hockenheim)
July 26-27 - Hungary (Budapest)
August 23-24 - Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
September 6-7 - Italy (Monza)
October 11-12 - Russia (Sochi)
November 22-23 - Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)

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