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Callum Ilott to enjoy first GP2 test in Abu Dhabi next week

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Rising British racer Callum Ilott will enjoy his first test in a GP2 car in Abu Dhabi next week at the post-season test with ART Grand Prix.

Ilott, 18, spent 2016 racing the FIA F3 European Championship, finishing the year sixth in the standings with two wins to his name.

The Briton confirmed earlier this week that he would be spending a third year in the series, stepping up to champion outfit Prema Powerteam for the 2017 season.

Ilott will also get a chance to showcase his talent behind the wheel of a GP2 car with ART on December 1 and 2 at the Yas Marina Circuit.

“The chance to test a GP2 car was something I just couldn’t miss,” Ilott said.

“It’s a category I will be looking to for the future so a chance to get a decent amount of seat time is something I jumped at. With our plans for 2017 already in place and secure, I can also just enjoy the experience.

“The GP2 car appears more physical to drive and the chance for some more power is always welcome. It’s a lot quicker on the straights and more raw, which I like the sound of.

“GP2 also needs a very different tire strategy to what I am used to. As a driver I’m interested to see how that actually works in practice and how I am able to manage them over longer runs.”

Ilott is set to be joined at the post-season test by an array of drivers considering a move into GP2 for 2017, with the remainder of the entry list still to be confirmed.

Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).