Kanamaru completes RP Motorsport 2017 line-up


Yu Kanamaru has been confirmed to race for RP Motorsport in 2017 - Credit: Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency / LAT Photographic

Japanese racer Yu Kanamaru will continue in the World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship after making the switch to Italian outfit RP Motorsport, where he will line-up alongside Damiano Fioravanti.

The twenty-two-year-old moves from Teo Martin Motorsport, where he enjoyed a steady 2016 with fifteen top ten finishes, with a best finish of fourth coming at Motorland Aragon and again at Spa-Francorchamps. Kanamaru finished eighth in the championship with eighty-five points, well clear of team-mate Beitske Visser.

“For me it is an honour to join RP Motorsport Racing, in the World Series Formula V8 3.5,” said Kanamaru. “I am very excited to drive the car and I want to give 100% for my new team.

“Together we can achieve very ambitious goals: we are already focused on the job ahead in the coming test at Motorland Aragon. Take part in such a prestigious championship, thanks to the partnership between the World Series Formula V8 3.5 and the FIA WEC, represents a further incentive to do well!”

Team Principal Fabio Pampado was happy to secure the services of Kanamaru after being in competition with the Japanese racer for many years, both in EuroFormula Open and Formula V8 3.5.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement with Yu Kanamaru, and we are happy to see him at the start of next season with one of our two cars,” said Pampado.

“We have had strong interest in him for long time, thanks to the talent shown in Formula 3 and to its rapid adaptability shown since its debut in this category. Finally we managed to reach this goal, thanks to which we will have in our team a driver able to guarantee us a mix of speed and experience.

“I think we have just established a long time agreement, able to remain the top of the standings, in a highly competitive championship such as the World Series Formula V8 3.5. Now we are already focused on the first test, where we’ll prepare the season in which we have lots of expectations.”