News in the driver market continues to emerge in the aftermath of the French V-Prix, with North Star Racing confirming that Judson Sikes will remain at the team after the current one-year loan deal expires, following a buyout of the Russian's contract from Ocelot.
"We do believe this is the best outcome for everyone involved," North Star team principal Nick Forrest told reporters, "The speculation is that the vacant seat at Ocelot will go to Giodano, and while he's had his fair share of misfortune in the opening races with us, Judson has certainly shown he's a very talented racer, and we're delighted to keep him on board the team as we hope to move forward through the field."
Sikes, who scored his season best result of 16th in China following a collision on the grid, was optimistic about his team's prospects.
"I'm very happy to be staying with North Star, obviously I'm thankful to Ocelot for giving me a start in the series last year, but North Star have made some fantastic progress in the first few races. I think we can make some real strides forward next year, maybe fighting often for points, but for now we can focus on trying to finish the best of the new teams this season."
There had also been rumours circulating the paddock that Westwood had offered for Will Hoskins to drive for North Star from Spain onwards, which Forrest was asked to address. "I know he's headed to FUN, so I don't think there's much left to discuss in that regard," he dismissed, "I'm sure Harry [Westwood] spoke to a few teams and made the best decision in his eyes, but we do have a plan in place at North Star for the foreseeable future, and we don't intend to deviate from it."
This would seem to suggest that Aleksy Nowosinki will also remain with North Star for the 2017 season, but no official confirmation has come from either party at the time of writing.