Silverstone team set for Monaco challenge

Richie Stanaway (left) and Nick Yelloly
Richie Stanaway (left) and Nick Yelloly

The Silverstone-based Status Grand Prix team will line-up in Monaco this weekend for rounds five and six of the GP2 Series.

The team will be represented in two races around the streets of the principality by Richie Stanaway and Marlon Stockinger.

Stanaway said: “Monaco is a track where everyone wants to race and be successful. I can’t wait for this weekend. A GP2 car is an awesome machine to race on any track, but on a street circuit it is a very wild animal indeed.”

Stockinger added: “Monaco has an amazing feeling. Every driver enjoys this experience and I can’t wait for the weekend action to start. I have yet to score any points this season in GP2, but I hope to change this in the next two races.”

The Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team are represented in GP2 by Hilmer Motorsport, who will run two Dallara cars in Monaco for Nick Yelloly and Johnny Cecotto. Yelloly said: “I am really looking forward to this weekend. I was very lucky to be able to test the Force India F1 car in Barcelona, and that experience has really put me in a good frame of mind as this race weekend approaches. I am full of confidence and looking for a good result.”

Brackley’s Karun Chandhok is preparing to return to sportscars at the Pre-Test for the Le Mans 24-Hours that takes place at the Circuit de la Sarthe next weekend, where he will once again drive for the Murphy Prototypes team. However, until then, the local Indian is concentrating on his duties in the FIA Formula E Championship.

The electric-powered series has been racing around the world this year, and the next race on the calendar will take place this weekend in Berlin. Chandhok will again drive for the Mahindra Racing team, with Bruno Senna - nephew of the late Ayrton Senna, as his team-mate.

Several Advertiser & Review region competitors will be in action this weekend at Crystal Palace in South London, when the annual Motorsport at the Palace event takes place.

From the 1930s to the early 1970s, Crystal Palace offered racing enthusiasts the chance to compete or spectate at a venue in the heart of the capital.

For a number of years the Sevenoaks & District Motor Club have organised a competitive sprint on a section of the previous track layout in the Crystal Palace park, and the sixth-running of this particular event takes place this weekend.

Celebrating the days when Grand Prix greats such as Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Jackie Stewart and James Hunt raced at the Palace, competitors will line-up to compete in a sprint on Sunday and Monday.

One hundred competitors will be on-track each day in a variety of sports, saloons and single-seater cars.