Formula 3.5 champ Oliver Rowland set for GP2 return with Status GP

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Oliver Rowland will make his return to the GP2 Series for the final two weekends in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, it was announced on Monday.

Rowland, who raced at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps this year with MP Motorsport, will step into Status Grand Prix.

It’s unclear who the 23-year-old, who won the Formula Renault 3.5 series (now Formula 3.5 V8) title this year in dominating fashion, will replace. Marlon Stockinger and Richie Stanaway are the team’s two drivers, and in Stanaway’s case, he’d have a potential clash on the Bahrain weekend due to his FIA World Endurance Championship commitments with Aston Martin Racing. Theoretically, the young Kiwi could do both.

As for Rowland, the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver, he’s delighted to join the Irish team.

“The RSF felt that driving for Status offered me a good opportunity to gain valuable experience at tracks that I’ve not raced on previously,” Rowland said, via the official GP2 website.

“Needless to say, I’m delighted to be back racing in the series again. The car suits my style of driving, so hopefully I can give a good account of myself.

“As always the target at both rounds will be podium finishes. Naturally, if I could add to the team’s wins at Monaco and Sochi, I’d be over the moon.”