Teo Martin Motorsport signs Kanamaru for F3.5 2016

Japanese racer Yu Kanamaru will contest the 2016 Formula V8 3.5 season with newcomer squad Teo Martin Motorsport.

Kanamaru, 21, did three rounds in F3.5's Renault-backed predecessor in 2015 with Pons, posting a best finish of sixth - and has race wins to his name in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and Euroformula Open.

"First of all, I want to thank Teo for giving me this opportunity," Kanamaru said. "This championship will not be easy, sure, but I only see a bright future and the potential of this team.

"I will give my best to win some races and I hope to contribute to the beginning of this new chapter."

Kanamaru's team switch is likely to have been influenced by ex-F1 driver Emilio de Villota, who ran him in Euroformula Open and served as Pons' team manager before announcing a move to Teo Martin.

"We are delighted to have Yu in the team for the start of this season's Formula V8 3.5," said team owner Martin. "He did a good job in his debut in the World Series last year.

"He is a fast and talented young driver who has already shown his skills with these cars, so I'm sure he can contribute a lot in this 2016."

The newcomer squad, which has made a name for itself in GT racing, took over DAMS' entry for the 2016 F3.5 season.

2016 Formula V8 3.5 line-up so far:

TeamDrivers
Arden  Egor Orudzhev
AVF

 Alfonso Celis

 Tom Dillmann

Fortec  Louis Deletraz
Spirit of Race

 Matthieu Vaxiviere

 Vladimir Atoev

Teo Martin  Yu Kanamaru

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