Highly rated single-seater stars Jimmy Eriksson and Kevin Korjus have been officially confirmed as Galaxy Double R Racing’s two drivers for the upcoming 59th Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, which will take place at the Circuito da Guia over the weekend 17th/18th November.
Swedish 21-year-old Eriksson, the newly crowned champion of the ATS Formula 3 series in Germany, will make his second appearance at the blue riband Macau event having debuted in 2011.
This year’s outing with successful British squad Double R though will mark his first competitive experience of a Dallara F312, having raced the previous generation chassis in ATS Formula 3.
“I’m excited to be able to return to Macau for a second time this year”, said the Swede, “The dialogue with Galaxy Double R Racing has been positive throughout and it didn’t take long to commit to this collaboration.
I have already visited the team in the UK in order to try out the new car that everyone has to drive in Macau and the first signs are very encouraging.”
Estonian teenager Kevin Korjus, meanwhile, will be embarking on his maiden visit to Macau and also his first race experience of a Dallara-Mercedes F3 car.
Despite being just 19-years-old, the Gravity Sports Management-backed racer has already sampled Formula One machinery as part of the ‘young driver test’ at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi last November.
Korjus, who has been racing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for the past two seasons off the back of winning the 2010 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 title, was also promoted into the reserve driver role at the Lotus F1 Team for this year’s Italian Grand Prix.
Notably, Korjus is also the youngest driver in the history of FR 3.5 to win a race – during the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix support event.
“Everyone has told me what a fantastic circuit Macau is and it’s obviously a really big event in world motorsport, all of the top drivers have raced and won in Macau”, said Korjus, “I’m really happy to be racing with Galaxy Double R, I tested with the team at the end of 2010 after I won Eurocup Formula Renault so I know the guys well. Hopefully we can have a really good weekend in Macau.”
Double R Racing, sponsored once again for the world’s most prestigious F3 race by Galaxy Macau, is the last British team to claim victory in the former Portuguese enclave with current Indycar star Mike Conway racing to the win in 2006.
Galaxy Double R had a great opportunity to fight for the win, and certainly the podium, during last year’s event with current Williams F1 Team test driver Valtteri Bottas but an unfortunate clash with the unforgiving barriers on the fifth lap forced the Finn into retirement while in second place.
Looking ahead to this year’s event, team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt said: “Macau’s always a race everyone looks forward to, it’s fantastic to be going back there and especially with the support of Galaxy Macau.
We’ve got a high quality driver line-up again so we’re aiming for some big results.
“It’ll be tough, it always is, but Jimmy and Kevin are hugely talented drivers and we’re confident they’ll hit the ground running.
Obviously, Macau is the biggest F3 race in the world and it’s been long enough now since we last won it – hopefully 2012 will be Galaxy Double R’s year!”
Source: Double R Racing