March 25, 2014 by Leo Nulty  

This week’s official test at Estoril will be the first time its trio of latest generation 400hp GP3 cars have appeared in the striking livery, which was utilised by the Canadian-licensed team during race-winning campaigns in 2011 and 2012.
The fluorescent green colour is derived from Status GP’s title-winning programme in A1 Grand Prix in 2009, while the black and green colours were also displayed during the team’s LMP2 debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2012.

Team principal Teddy Yip Jr said: “We have always aimed to have easily visible cars. We were proud to represent Nine Group with the purple-and-white colour scheme last year. Now it’s nice to return to another popular and eye-catching livery that is so strongly associated to Status GP.”

The test at Estoril in Portugal is the first of three pre-season GP3 Series tests, each featuring two days of on-track action. It will be the first time on track after a winter of hard work for a revamped technical team led by Director of Operations, David Stubbs.

Stubbs has appointed experienced GP2 Series race engineer Tom Davis as Chief Engineer for the GP3 team, with Paul Woodhams continuing as Performance and Race Engineer. An additional new arrival in the race engineering department is Pau Rivera.

“I worked with Status at the final test of 2013 at Abu Dhabi and was impressed by the work and atmosphere of the team,” said Davis. “We had a very productive test that will give us a good base to start the new season. Over the winter every area of the team has been working hard to ensure that Status has a great 2014.”

Stubbs oversaw Status GP’s Le Mans 24hrs team last year, and has since assumed responsibility for the day-to-day management of activities across all categories of racing. His highly successful career includes winning seven Formula One™ World Championships as team manager at Williams, before also being F1 team manager at Stewart Grand Prix, Jaguar Racing and Red Bull Racing.

Stubbs commented: “Status has a rich history and a lot of potential for future success, and we have introduced several changes within the team that will allow us to capitalise on this in GP3. We’ve been working very hard to ensure we have a winning package for our drivers.”

The Estoril test on March 27-28 will mark the Status GP debut for highly-rated Briton Nick Yelloly, who announced last month he has joined the team having finished sixth overall in the GP3 Series last year. Further driver announcements will be made this week.

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