Nick Cassidy’s GP3 deal expected soon
Auckland star Nick Cassidy is on the cusp of following in compatriot Mitch Evans’ footsteps by confirming his place in the European GP3 Championship.
Speedcafe.co.nz understands that the necessary budget required to complete a deal with the Marussia Manor Racing operation is in place and it is now merely down to a matter of the formalties of signing contracts.
Confirmation of Cassidy’s graduation to GP3 is expected soon.
There are only three positions in the GP3 Championship which are yet to be confirmed with Cassidy expected to join Dino Zamparelli and Tio Ellinas at Manor.
American Conor Daly was recently confirmed as the final driver in ART’S line-up while Bamboo Racing is yet to confirm the two seats beside Carmen Jorda.
Cassidy’s position in the GP3 Series has been much anticipated after he sealed his second successive Toyota Racing Series crown earlier this year, a feat only matched by Evans.
The 18-year-old Evans went on to win the GP3 title last year in a cliffhanger finish at Monza before graduating to GP2 with Arden International.
Cassidy did a splendid job in testing for Manor at the pre-season tests at Portugal and Silverstone.
Ellinas has recently come out publicly and said he can win the GP3 title this year after finishing eighth behind Evans in the title hunt last year for Manor.
Cassidy will be in Spain this weekend driving in the opening round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Series for the AV Formula team.
The GP3 Championship kicks off belatedly at the Catalunya circuit in Spain from May 10-12.
ART: Jack Harvey, Facu Regalia, Conor Daly
MW Arden: Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz Jr, Robert Visoiu
Carlin: Eric Lichtenstein, Luis Sa Silva, Nick Yelloly
Jenzer: Patric Niederhauser, Alex Fontana, Samin Gomez
Manor: Dino Zamparelli, Tio Ellinas, *TBC
Status: Jimmy Eriksson, Josh Webster, Adderly Fong
Bamboo: Carmen Jorda, *TBC, *TBC
Trident: Emanuele Zonzini, David Fumanelli, Giovanni Venturini
Koiranen: Kevin Korjus, Aaro Vainio, Patrick Kujala