GP3 race-winner Matt Parry has signed a deal to race with the Nissan RJN Motorsport team in the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup series.
The 23-year-old Welshman raced 36 times over two seasons in the series with Koiranen GP, winning last year’s Hungarian sprint race. He also claimed four other podiums along with finishing in the top-10 in the Drivers’ Championship during both years.
After testing with Campos in the winter, Parry said that he had potential deals on the table to drive similar machines, but could not face the prospect of rejecting his new team.
“After racing in GP3 for two years, we evaluated our options over the winter and, while there were opportunities to continue in single-seaters, the chance to link up with a team like RJN and run in a championship-winning car like the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 was too good to pass up,” he said.
“I already had a taste for GTs following the McLaren Autosport BRDC assessment and getting the chance to test different cars in the last few months convinced me that it was the right time to make the step over to sportscars – and endurance racing in particular.
“That was a big attraction of this deal as endurance racing is one of the few things missing from my CV, and I’m really looking forward to testing myself in the cauldron of Blancpain competition.”
Parry joins ex-GP2 racer Raffaele Marciello as a driver from Formula 1’s feeder series to transition to GTs in 2017. A number of former GP3 racers, including Alex Fontana and Patrick Kujala, are also racing in the series in the coming season.