RUSSIAN TIME will join the GP3 Series from the start of the 2014 season
Team will replace Bamboo Engineering who leave after one campaign
By William Esler
Last Updated: 27/09/13 1:24pm
The Russian squad have enjoyed a successful debut year in GP2 in 2013 after purchasing the iSport team and currently lead the Teams' Championship heading into the final two races in Abu Dhabi, whilst Sam Bird is just seven points off top spot in the drivers' standings.
Igor Mazepa's team had expressed their interest in expanding into GP3 earlier in the season and will take the spot of Silverstone-based Bamboo Engineering who leave the series after just one campaign.
"We're pleased to welcome RUSSIAN TIME to GP3 Series for the next two seasons," GP3 Series CEO Bruno Michel said.
"Their rookie year in GP2 Series in 2013 has been extremely strong so far with five wins, three podium finishes and three pole positions. They're currently leading the teams' standings with only one round left in the season. I am confident they will put together a GP3 team that will be ready and competitive for this new challenge.
"I would like to thank Bamboo Engineering and wish them the best of success in the future."
RUSSIAN TIME will run the GP3/13 car for the first time at the end of season test in Abu Dhabi at the start of November and Mazepa is looking forward to the new challenge.
"We're very happy to be joining the GP3 Series next season and I would like to thank the organisers for this great opportunity," the Team Principal said.
"We've had a very successful first season in GP2 Series in 2013 in our first year. Our objective was to be fighting for the Teams' title and that's what we will be doing in Abu Dhabi next month. We're looking forward to that same kind of success in GP3 in 2014 and 2015. We will be working hard towards that starting with the post-season tests at Yas Marina Circuit."