GP3 race winner Alexander Sims will stay with Carlin for this weekend’s GP3 race at Monza. Replacing Argentinian Eric Lichtenstein, Sims will join front runner Nick Yelloly and Angolan racer Luis Sa Silva in the penultimate round of the 2013 season.

With Eric Lichtenstein’s contract terminated due to non-payment of outstanding driver fees by Velociudad Driver Management, Sims stays with Carlin after taking a dominant win last time out at Spa, on his racing debut with the team.

It was a strong weekend overall for Carlin, with Yelloly and Sims in the top seven in free practice, demonstrating the technical understanding the Carlin team have of the 2013 GP3 package.

The pair almost made it a double Carlin podium in race two, as Yelloly followed home race winner Sims in a strong fourth place. Team mate Sa Silva meanwhile is consistently posting finishes on the edge of the top ten, with his first points seemingly just round the corner.

This weekend’s event will see the GP3 drivers take to the fastest circuit on the 2013 calendar, at the historic Autodromo di Monza. With few corners and long straights, the circuit usually provides some of the highlights of the season with slip streaming making overtaking a certainty.

Traditionally the final venue on the 2013 calendar, the Italian round will be the last European race weekend of the season before the GP3 drivers make their first visit to Abu Dhabi for the season finale. It was at the Italian circuit last year that Carlin driver Antonio Felix da Costa put in a spirited fight for the drivers’ championship, with some now infamous bump drafting down the start finish straight.

Trevor Carlin said, “Alexander did a fantastic job for us in Spa and is the epitome of a professional racing driver in his ability, feedback and attitude. To see him and Nick pushing each other on was a great help for the team and we have an even better handle on the car now. We head to Monza chasing similar if not better results for them both and Luis.”

GP3 action will kick off with free practice at 17.50 local time on Friday.