Marco Bonanomi will make a return to single seaters and the Formula V8 3.5 championship with a one-off appearance with RP Motorsport this weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
The current Blancpain GT Series and ADAC GT Masters racer, who has also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Audi, will become Vitor Baptista’s third team-mate in the championship this season following on from Johnny Cecotto Jr and Artur Janosz.
Bonanomi has prior experience in the championship but in a completely different era, when he raced for Tech 1 Racing, RC Motorsport and Comtec Racing in Formula Renault 3.5 between 2006 and 2008.
“I’m used to the R18 LMP1 Audi, but I expect a different driving style but I love challenges and I can’t wait to be behind the wheel!” said Bonanomi on formulav8.com. “It’s the first time that I will drive the 2012 version; it’s more powerful and attractive.
“I was in Paul Ricard with the Blancpain GT; I followed the races and the level of the drivers. I know it’s just a couple of outings but, you know, competition it’s in our blood, so give me a racing machine and I will try to capitalise every single km for RP!”