Chinese racer Adderly Fong has signed for the Silverstone-based Status Grand Prix for the 2013 GP3 season, write Colin and James Beckett.
The 23-year-old Hong Kong-based driver drove for Status during tests at Estoril and Barcelona earlier this year and has completed the Status Grand Prix line-up for the new season that starts in Spain next month.
Fong will drive alongside Swedish racer Jimmy Eriksson, the reigning German F3 champion, and Britain’s Josh Webster – a driver who raced in the BARC Formula Renault Championship in 2012. All three have been on-track at Silverstone this week during the final GP3 pre-season test.
Fong competed with success last season in the Asia-based Audi R8 LMS Cup, in which he finished second with three race wins, and a part-campaign in the British Formula 3 National Class, where he took seven wins from eight starts.
During 2012 he also raced in Auto GP and Indy Lights, and in the past has competed in Superleague. He has also tested a Formula Renault 3.5 car.
He said: “I am definitely delighted and excited to be racing in the GP3 Series with Status GP this season.
“After racing the Audi as my major programme last season, it’s back to full-time single-seater racing, which is the discipline I started in.
“I’m looking forward to the season and it will be interesting – the new 400bhp car is very tough, there is very strong competition but we have good people at the team.
“Testing has gone pretty well but we’re not exactly sure where everyone is because some people were doing race runs and some were doing qualifying simulations so it’s hard to gauge where we are in the order. The straight-line speed of the new GP3 car is just amazing.”
Teddy Yip, the Status GP team principal added: “Adderly has shown himself to be a real contender in the pre-season testing to date, regularly being in the top 10 when on track.
“His experience will serve him well, too, in the races and we’re looking forward to a strong year.”