Cassidy heads three TRS graduates testing GP3 this week

New Zealander Nick Cassidy, Estonian Kevin Korjus, Britons Jordan King and Jack Hawksworth, Canadian Nicholas Latifi and American Gustavo Menezes will all drive with Status GP.

The test runs from Tuesday November 5 to Thursday November 7, with competitors getting five hours of running on each day, split between two sessions.

Status GP will run Cassidy on all three days. The 19-year-old began 2013 by winning his second successive New Zealand Toyota Racing Series title against an international field, and has shown strong pace as a guest driver in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Cassidy rejoins Status GP after testing a first-generation GP3 car with the team at Jerez last autumn.

Cassidy will be joined on the first day by Korjus and King, both of whom will drive on Tuesday only.

Korjus, 20, finished seventh in the 2013 GP3 Series with Koiranen GP. Korjus, who was racing in his rookie GP3 season, proved himself a leading contender, scoring four podium finishes and one pole position.

King, 19, is the 2013 British Formula 3 champion after claiming four race wins. He was also a two-time podium finisher on his way to sixth position in the FIA F3 European Championship, and was second in India’s MRF Challenge.

On the second day Hawksworth and Latifi will join the line-up. Hawksworth will drive on Wednesday and Thursday, with Latifi on board for Wednesday only.

Hawksworth, 22, has raced in the USA for the past two seasons after competing in Formula Renault UK. In 2012 he won the Star Mazda championship before stepping up to Indy Lights for this season. He scored three wins on his way to fourth in the championship, and has also tested an IndyCar Series car.

Latifi, 18, finished fifth in the 2013 British Formula 3 standings and 15th in the FIA F3 European Championship, in just his second full season of car racing. In common with King and Korjus, Latifi will be heading east after his GP3 test to race in next week’s Macau Grand Prix.

For the final day, Menezes joins Cassidy and Hawksworth in the Status GP line-up. The 19-year-old has contested the German Formula 3 Cup this season, finishing in fourth position with two race wins to his credit. Like King, Latifi and Hawksworth, Menezes will be getting his first taste of the 400bhp GP3 Series racer in Abu Dhabi this week.

Tim Scott, Status GP Commercial Director, said: “The next three days are an invaluable opportunity to test and develop in consistent conditions. We have a good spread of experience among these six drivers and we’re looking forward to working with them.”

The Yas Marina test is the only post-season 2013 running for the GP3 Series, as teams begin winter preparations for the 2014 campaign. With the additions of events supporting the new Russian Grand Prix at Sochi and the revived Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, this will comprise nine double-header events all supporting Formula 1.

Status GP Abu Dhabi test line-up:
Day 1: Nick Cassidy, Jordan King, Kevin Korjus
Day 2: Nick Cassidy, Jack Hawksworth, Nicholas Latifi
Day 3: Nick Cassidy, Jack Hawksworth, Gustavo Menezes

Cassidy heads three TRS graduates testing GP3 this week

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