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Campos Racing signs Julien Falchero in GP3 for 2017

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Campos Racing has announced that Julien Falchero will form part of its line-up for the 2017 GP3 Series season.

GP3 acts as the third-highest rung on the European single-seater ladder, being the direct feeder series to GP2 which in turn leads to Formula 1. The series was won by Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc in 2016.

Falchero is the third driver to be announced on the grid for 2017 following Guiliano Alesi and Kevin Jorg (both at Trident).

The Frenchman has previously raced in Formula Renault 2.0 series across Europe, and tested a GP3 car with the Campos team in Abu Dhabi last month.

“A new challenge in 2017 in GP3 Series with Campos Racing is an extraordinary opportunity,” Falchero said following the announcement.

“The tests in Abu Dhabi and the integration within the team in Valencia in Spain are a real treat for me.

“I’m going to prepare for the best physically this season 2017 and have as coach a great former French F1 driver, Jean-Pierre Jarier, who agreed to take care of me with the goal to occupy the first places on the grid.”

The 2017 GP3 season is expecting to begin in Barcelona, Spain in May.

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”