Maini, T-Sport to skip Norisring weekend


Arjun Maini - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Indian racer Arjun Maini and his ThreeBond with T-Sport team will not be on the grid at this weekend’s Norisring weekend of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

There are also doubts going forward about the entry that has struggled so far, with the team only having scored points in two of the opening twelve races, with a best finish of ninth coming in Pau.

“After an extremely difficult start to the 2016 European Formula 3 Championship, T-Sport and JK Tyre-supported driver Arjun Maini have made the decision not to contest the next round of the campaign at the Norisring circuit in Germany on the 25th/26th June,” said a team statement.

The team started the season with the new ThreeBond/Tomei power unit that had made its competitive debut in a strong showing in the season ending Macau Grand Prix in 2015, but after just a handful of races, they reverted back to the NBE engine but the results did not improve, and the team look set to leave the grid, at least for the time being.

“Due to the unfortunate situation that has arisen, Arjun will not be competing in the T-Sport entry car number 14 at the next event at the Norisring,” revealed team principal Russell Eacott.

“We are looking at various options that will see us return to the Championship in the near future and we will endeavour to support Arjun in his racing activities in the coming months.”