British driver Oliver Rowland is to make his GP2 Series debut at Silverstone this weekend with the MP Motorsport team.
22-year-old Rowland makes the switch from Formula Renault 3.5 where he is currently leading the Drivers’ Championship having already bagged three race victories.
The Racing Steps Foundation backed driver replaces Sergio Canamasas this weekend after the Spaniard parted company with MP just before practice last time out in Austria. Incidentally, Canamasas is to replace Zoel Amberg at Lazarus this weekend.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to race in front of my home crowd,” said Rowland.
“I can’t thank MP Motorsport and the RSF enough for setting this up for me.
“I raced with the team in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup championship in 2013 and built up a really strong relationship with them.”
Oliver Rowland isn’t the only British driver taking to the track for the first time in GP2 this year as Jon Lancaster subs for Simon Trummer at Hilmer.
Lancaster raced on-and-off with the German team throughout the previous two seasons but the event in Silverstone this weekends will be the Yorkshireman’s first outing in the Series this year.