Team Motopark has today announced that Joel Eriksson will remain with the German team for a second year competing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
The young Swede had a very successful debut season in the series, claiming the rookie title and finishing fifth in the overall driver standing in 2016. He made it onto the podium ten times and won his first race at the challenging circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. His results and his talent also impressed BMW as they signed Eriksson up for their BMW Junior Programme in June last year.
2017 will be Eriksson’s fourth year in single-seater racing. Before moving up to Formula 3, Joel has already competed in German Formula 4. The 18-year-old has ambitious plans for the upcoming season, he commended: “I’m excited to return to the FIA F3 European Championship this year. I learned so much last season, enjoyed the format, and managed to achieve my target of winning the rookie title. It was a good first year, and based on the results we achieved and the pace we had – especially during the second half of the season – I’ll be heading into 2017 with the aim of winning the championship. It will be extremely tough with a lot of strong teams and drivers already lined up, but it’s not supposed to be easy. I’ve been racing with Team Motopark for all of my single-seater career, we showed our potential last year, and I can’t wait to meet this challenge together with them.”
Team Principal Timo Rumpfkeil is delighted that Eriksson will remain with Team Motopark for another season and said: “Joel has been driving with us for four years now. He is not just a tremendously fast driver, but also has that inherent race craft that can make all the difference. After enjoying an extremely successful 2016 season with Joel, winning the rookie title, we are confident that we will be strong contenders for the overall championship in 2017. We took huge steps last year and have continued to work extensively over the winter, preparing ourselves carefully in testing. We’re looking forward to an exciting season, and we are ready to take the fight.”
Eriksson is the first driver confirmed for Team Motopark’s 2017 championship campaign. With Eriksson returning for a second season in the championship he can also cash in his cheque of 100,000€ prize money which was awarded to him by FIA for winning the 2016 FIA F3 rookie title.