Lotus youngster Esteban Ocon adds name to Snetterton grid

Lotus F1 Junior Team driver Esteban Ocon will be joining Carlos Sainz Jnr in the invitational class at the final round at Snetterton with Lanan Racing on 26/27 October.

Lotus F1 Junior Team driver Esteban Ocon will be joining Carlos Sainz Jnr in the invitational class at the final round at Snetterton with Lanan Racing on 26/27 October.

The French youngster is joining the championship to gain eligibility to the season-ending Macau Grand Prix where he will be racing for PREMA Powerteam, who run Lanan Racing driver coach Alex Lynn and championship leader Rafaelle Marciello in FIA Euopean F3.

Ocon has spent 2013 racing in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 NEC with ART Junior Team, where he has been a regular podium visitor. He took a maiden win in Eurocup at Paul Ricard last month to move him to third in the standings behind Oliver Rowland and leader Pierre Gasly and won at Hockenheim at the opening round of the NEC season.

It will be Ocon's first visit to Snetterton and his first competitive taste of F3 machinery after impressing Italian powerhouse PREM Powerteam in testing recently. He will be behind the wheel of Gino Ussi's Dallara Mercedes F305, but is expected to run in the invitational class to avoid affecting the delicately poised title race.

Ussi will be making a welcome return to the championship at Snetterton and will instead be driving the F302 last seen in 2013 being piloted by Chris Headlam. Alex Lynn took the car to glory twice in F3 Cup at Spa in 2012, and the 2012 British F3 champion also acts as driver coach to Lanan Racing's BRDC Formula 4 drivers, helping Jake Hughes on the way to the inaugural championship title. Lynn is also expected to be on hand to help Ocon's Formula 3 development and to learn the Norfolk circuit.

Lanan Racing will be entering three cars at Snetterton and could have cause for celebration as Alex Craven currently leads the championship thanks to a double win at Donington Park. He needs to better the results of Alice Powell to become champion because dropped scores draw those two level on points, and Powell has two wins more than Craven.

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