Maini takes Kari's Motopark seat for Macau

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Maini takes Kari's Motopark seat for Macau
Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Oct 27, 2016, 9:48 AM

Arjun Maini is to take over Red Bull junior Niko Kari's seat at Team Motopark for the 2016 edition of the Macau Grand Prix, run under the FIA F3 World Cup banner.

Arjun Maini, Three Bond with T-Sport Dallara Tomei
Niko Kari, Motopark Dallara F312 – Volkswagen
Arjun Maini, Three Bond with T-Sport Dallara Tomei
Arjun Maini, Three Bond with T-Sport Dallara Tomei
Niko Kari, Motopark Dallara F312 – Volkswagen
Dan Ticktum, Carlin Dallara F312 - Volkswagen
Keyvan Andres, Carlin Motorsport
Keyvan Andres, Carlin Motorsport

Kari, who won the SMP F4 title in 2015 and took a race win at Imola in his debut season in European F3 this year, initially featured in Motopark's three-car Macau line-up alongisde fellow team regulars Joel Eriksson and Guan Yu Zhou.

But the Finn's spot has now been taken by Maini, who will make his return to Formula 3 racing after his 2016 campaign in the European series with T-Sport was cut short halfway through.

Maini has raced in GP3 since then with the Jenzer team, claiming a maiden podium in Hungary.

The Indian had made his Macau debut with T-Sport last year, claiming a 10th-place finish.

Andres and Ticktum confirmed

German driver Keyvan Andres Soori and Briton Daniel Ticktum have also been added to the 29-strong entry list.

Andres, 16, has been a regular in Mazda Road to Indy's USF2000 series before switching his focus to Europe in 2016, competing in Euroformula Open with Carlin.

For Macau, he will join forces with Mucke Motorsport. running alongside David Beckmann.

Former British F4 frontrunner Ticktum will, meanwhile, partner Alexander Sims at Double R.

Macau GP entry list

Driver Team
 Jann Mardenborough B-Max Racing Team
 Daiki Sasaki B-Max Racing Team
 Hongli Ye B-Max Racing Team
 Lando Norris Carlin
 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin
 Jake Hughes Carlin
Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin
 Alexander Sims Double R Racing
Dan Ticktum Double R Racing
 Sam MacLeod Fortec Motorsports
 Ferdinand Habsburg Fortec Motorsports
 George Russell Hitech GP
 Dani Juncadella Hitech GP
 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP
 David Beckmann kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport
Keyvan Andres Soori kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport
 Joel Eriksson Motopark
 Arjun Maini Motopark
 Guanyu Zhou Motopark
 Felix Rosenqvist SJM Theodore Racing by Prema
 Maximilian Gunther SJM Theodore Racing by Prema
 Nick Cassidy SJM Theodore Racing by Prema
 Sho Tsuboi Team TOM'S
 Kenta Yamashita ThreeBond with T-Sport
 Andy Chang ThreeBond with T-Sport
 Tadasuke Makino Toda Racing
 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing
 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing
 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing
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