Indian racer Kush Maini will graduate to Formula Renault Eurocup in 2019 after a successful season in the British F3 series.
Maini will drive for the M2 Competition team after successfully testing the series’ new Regional F3-spec Tatuus T-318 car at Malaysia’s Sepang Circuit last week.
The 18-year-old makes the step up to the Renault-backed European series after finishing third in this year’s British F3 standings with one victory, eight podiums and two pole positions.
Prior to that, Maini spent two years in the Italian F4 championship and also came fourth in the 2014 CIK-FIA World KF Junior Championship.
Maini’s elder brother Arjun, who raced in Formula 2 this year, drove for M2 Competition in New Zealand’s Toyota Racing series in 2015, picking up two victories and securing fourth place in the championship.
“I’m thrilled to join M2 Competition,” Maini said. “My brother, Arjun, raced with them New Zealand in 2015 and said it’s probably the best team he’s been a part of, so when we heard they were going to start a Formula Renault Eurocup team; I knew we had to reach out to them.
“This is a championship that has produced so many successful F1 drivers over the years so it’s obvious that it’s going to be a huge challenge not only to adapt to a new car-engine-tyre package, but also to the circuits as five of the 10 venues will be totally new to me.
“I’ll be working hard during the winter to be as prepared as I possibly can be for the first collective test at Magny-Cours in March. I can’t wait.”
M2 Competition has powered Formula 1 drivers Lance Stroll and Lando Norris, Super GT champion Nick Cassidy and European F3 race winner Robert Schwartzman to titles in the Toyota Racing Series.
The team will compete in the Renault Eurocup for the first time next year and will be operating out of a new facility near Brussels in Belgium.
“We are delighted to bring Kush Maini into the team as our first driver for our debut season in the Formula Renault Eurocup,” Jonathan Moury, Team Principal, said.
“To win in a series as fiercely-competitive as British F3 on only your second weekend takes speed and maturity and Kush certainly has both of these qualities in abundance.
“He adapted extremely well to the new Tatuus when he drove it at Sepang and I’m sure that he can perform strongly, despite the intense level of competition we’re sure to experience. We can’t wait to start our pre-season test programme.”
The 2019 Renault Eurocup calendar features a 10-round calendar, with one of the rounds taking place as a support event to the Monaco Grand Prix.
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