Alfonso Celis Jr will participate in his third season of World Series Formula V8 3.5 racing in 2017 after signing for Fortec Motorsports, a team he previously raced for back in 2013 in Formula Renault 2.0.
The Mexican, who raced for the AVF by Adrian Vallés team in 2016 and took a podium finish at Spa-Francorchamps, is the first confirmed name to join the new-look V8 3.5 championship in 2017, which will head overseas as a support act to the FIA World Endurance Championship for the first time.
Celis also participated in six free practice sessions in 2016 as part of his role with the Sahara Force India F1 Team outfit, and is now aiming for race wins and a championship charge in 2017.
“I am so happy to be re-joining Fortec Motorsports,” admitted Celis. “They were my number one team choice for 2017 and I look forward to sharing great success with them next season.”
Jamie Dye, the team manager of the Fortec Motorsports Formula V8 3.5 team, has welcomed Celis back into the team, and is hopeful that the Mexican can impress in 2017 and make a challenge for overall honours.
“It is great to have the Fonz back with us!” admitted Dye. “We had a great year of 2.0 together in 2013 – he is a great kid. We had a good test in the 3.5 car recently, so we are ready to take on the Championship in 2017.”