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Mitch Evans has stepped up to the GP2 Series with Arden, the British outfit announced on Tuesday morning. The 18-year-old New Zealander picked up four pole positions, three victories and a further three podium finishes en route to the GP3 title with the outfit in 2012 and is delighted to be joining the highly competitive category.
"Firstly I'd like the thank Arden for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to drive with them in GP2 after two greats years in GP3," said Evans. "I want to thank Mark Webber and Ann Neal and everyone behind the scenes that have made this possible, I am hugely grateful for the chance to race in GP2.
"I have full trust in the team that they will give me the best opportunity to have a successful rookie season. I can not wait for the season to get underway."
Arden Sporting Director Julian Rouse is equally pleased with the deal, adding:
"We are delighted to have Mitch move up to GP2 and stay with the Arden team. We have a great relationship with him, and have seen him grow in the last two years in a Championship that was created to bring great drivers into GP2 Series.
"We tested Mitch at the Barcelona and Jerez tests at the end of last year and were encouraged by his performance, especially as he was in the top ten with drivers who have several years GP2 experience.
"With everyone at Arden knowing Mitch so well, I am sure we can develop him as a front running GP2 driver very quickly and efficiently."
Evans, whose interests are looked after by Webber and the Red Bull driver's partner Ann, will race alongside GP2 race winner Johnny Cecotto Jr. at Arden this season.
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