Alice PowellChipping Norton racer, Alice Powell, will be moving up to the GP3 Series this season with Status Grand Prix after securing sponsorship. The 19-year-old is moving up to the Formula One support series after three seasons racing in the UK in the Formula Renault 2.0 category in conjunction with Manor Competition, which included winning the BARC F.Renault title in 2010.

Alice had her first ever test in the 280bhp Turbo charged car last week, and is now preparing for the first race, which is in Barcelona on the 12/13 May.

Commenting on the signing, Alice said “I am delighted to sign with Status for this year’s GP3 Series. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped me to get on the grid, including Immun’Age, Sidvin, Silverstone-Hotels.com, IWI Watches and hearingprotection.co.uk. I have only had one test in the car, so I will be the least experienced driver, in terms of seat time in the car, but I am going to give it everything to get some good results this year”

Status GP team principle Teddy Yip added: “Alice comes to Status GP will an excellent pedigree in karting and junior single-seaters. We’ve already seen she has good ability as well as an excellent approach and a strong grounding from her past single-seater experience. She is an excellent addition to the team.”

All GP3 races will be shown LIVE on the Sky Sports F1 Channel, as well as on over 30 channels across the world. The 2012 GP3 Series title will be fought out at eight Formula One Grand Prix across Europe, including the new addition of a round at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Photo by GP3 Media Service.