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Richie Stanaway returns to Status Grand Prix for the official GP2 pre-season test in Abu Dhabi next week.

Following multiple GP3 race wins with the team in 2014 Stanaway took part in day one of the post-season GP2 test, ending the session as top rookie.

The 23-year-old New Zealander has clocked up an impressive record of three consecutive single-seater championships and became a leading contender for the 2014 GP3 title, delivering two victories and five podiums for Status.

The Yas Marina test marks Status’ first GP2 outing of 2015 and the team hope that their successful relationship with Stanaway will continue.

Teddy Yip Jr commented “Richie is an extremely talented racing driver and following a very strong performance for us in GP3 and an impressive GP2 test, we are delighted to welcome him back into the fold. Loyalty is something we value at Status.

“This is our debut GP2 season and having worked very closely with Richie and his team of supporters, we know from experience we have a winning partnership.”

Richie Stanaway “Testing the GP2 car with Status again next week is a great opportunity for me and will be like joining the dots after being so competitive in last year’s post season test. Stepping up from GP3 to the GP2 car for just one day wasn’t quite long enough to reach my full potential last year. Now I am competing in the full three-day test it will be a huge benefit to me, enabling me to get up to speed and learn everything I can from the team.

“I am very happy to be back with Status and the familiar faces. We work well as a unit and I have full confidence that we can make the most of the test next week.”

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