English rising star Jann Mardenborough will complement his LMP1 responsibilities in the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO with the GP3 Series for a second season, with the Carlin team.
Mardenborough switches from Arden, where he drove the 2014 season and finished ninth in the championship with a win.
Nissan has pulled out of the WEC until Le Mans in June, so Mardenbrough will be involved in a mix of LMP1 testing and GP3 racing until then.
The GP3 season conflicts with one FIA World Endurance Championship race weekend. GP3 will be at Russia and WEC at Fuji the weekend of Oct. 9-11. Otherwise Mardenborough should be good to go for all races.
“I was thinking at the start of the year that it would be amazing to do both LMP1 and GP3 so I’m very happy and surprised that this has happened!” said Mardenborough.
Added Carlin team boss Trevor Carlin, “Jann completes an extremely strong line-up for us. Having worked with him in F3 and seeing him continue to develop in GP3, I have no doubt that Jann will be a potential race winner from the start.
“It’s fantastic to see the path his career has taken; from a gamer at home to a competitive GP3 racer on track and we’re thankful to the GT Academy and Nissan for entrusting us with this next step in Jann’s single seater career. Our aim is to retain both the drivers’ and teams’ titles and with Jann, together with Antonio [Fuoco] and Mitch [Gilbert] I think we have a very capable team with which to attempt that.”
Mardenborough will also make his debut in the Nurburgring 24 Hours in one of the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s (May 14-17).
- May 8-10: Spain
- June 19-21: Austria
- July 3-5: Britain
- July 17-19: TBA (was Germany)
- July 24-26: Hungary
- Aug. 21-23: Belgium
- Sept. 4-6: Italy
- Oct. 9-11: Russia
- Nov. 27-29: Abu Dhabi
- April 12: Silverstone
- May 2: Spa
- June 13-14: Le Mans
- Aug. 30: Nurburgring
- Sept. 19: COTA
- Oct. 11: Fuji
- Nov. 1: Shanghai
- Nov. 21: Bahrain