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Reigning Toyota Racing Series New Zealand champion Nick Cassidy will join the European F3 field for the sixth round of the season at Norisring, getting a seat in the EuroInternational squad alongside the team’s regular driver Tom Blomqvist.
The Kiwi was hotly-tipped for a European F3 seat following his test with the T-Sport squad as he was expected to take the seat in the team that was left vacant by Will Buller‘s departure after Brands Hatch.
Instead, he will race with EuroInternational, who have not raced two cars throughout the season up to this point, although ran tests with a second driver – Red Bull junior Carlos Sainz – a European F3 race seat for who never materialized.
Talking to AUTOSPORT, Cassidy said: “T-Sport are a very good operation, but I couldn’t run the rest of the season with them. I want to learn as much as possible and by doing the remaining five rounds will hopefully gain vital European experience. It will be tough at the Norisring as I haven’t exactly had loads of track time, and with only four corners, not knowing my car isn’t going to help me. With the team I hope to speed up this learning process and see what’s possible.”
Cassidy, 18, has won the Toyota Racing Series twice over the last two years, prevailing against a grid full of F3 regulars and highly-rated European single-seater racing juniors. He’s had less success on the European front itself, however, being consistently unable to score a full-time drive in multiple series.
The Kiwi will reportedly contest all of the remaining five rounds of the European F3 season.