Mardenborough set for GP2 debut at Monza with Carlin this weekend

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Nissan GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough’s primary open-wheel exploits have been in the GP3 Series this year, and the young Englishman will make a step up into GP2 for the first time this weekend at the final European round of the season at Monza.

Mardenborough will race with Carlin, his GP3 team, in the team’s No. 4 car. He’ll be that car’s fourth driver, following Marco Sorenson, Johnny Cecotto Jr. and most recently Monegasque driver Sean Gelael, who is tied up at Silverstone on Formula Renault 3.5 Series duty this weekend.

“With Sean busy completing his full season in Formula Renault 3.5, we had the ideal opportunity to give a driver a taste of GP2 at one of the greatest circuits in Europe,” Trevor Carlin said in a release.

“Jann is a very talented and fast driver and has suffered some bad luck this season which means he hasn’t claimed the results he’s capable of.  Although this weekend will be a big learning curve for him, we’re pleased to give one of our GP3 drivers the opportunity to step up to the next level and will be focused on helping Jann get the most from the experience.”

Mardenborough is just in for this weekend but looks to make the most of his opportunity.

“I’m extremely excited to drive a GP2 car for the first time,” said Mardenborough. “It’s an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. I want to move up to GP2 in the future so to have this experience now is very valuable.  I want to be competitive but the challenges in GP2 are very different to GP3; with DRS and two tyre compounds, as well as longer races and pit stops, although I’m used to those from sports car racing. It’s going to be a big step up but I’m going to give it everything. Thanks to Carlin and Nissan for this opportunity.”

Mardenborough has also raced the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 and the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car this year.