One of the rising stars of single seater motorsport Louis Deletraz will graduate to the re-branded Formula 3.5 V8 Championship in 2016 after agreeing to race for front-running team Fortec Motorsports.
The Swiss driver, who won the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship in 2015 as well as finishing runner-up in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series, will step into the team that took Oliver Rowland to the 2015 season of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
“I’m very proud and happy to join Fortec Motorsports,” said eighteen-year-old Deletraz. “I could not wish for a better team to step up into Formula 3.5 V8.
“I only did five days testing with them, and it already feels like home. I’m very lucky to have such experienced people around me and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Deletraz has tested with Fortec at both post-season tests at Jerez and Motorland Aragon, and has now become only the third driver to be confirmed to drive in the championship in 2016 along with Tom Dillmann and Alfonso Celis Jr, who are both racing for AVF.
The Swiss driver made a one-off appearance in Formula Renault 3.5 during 2015, racing for Comtec Racing at the Red Bull Ring, the only time the team appeared on track all season. He finished fifteenth in race one but was an early retirement from race two after a collision with a Carlin driver on the opening lap.