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Sette Camara, Kari and Leeds join Red Bull Junior Team for 2016

by Peter Allen
Red Bull Junior Team

Photo: GEPA pictures/Dutch Photo Agency

The Red Bull Junior Team has announced three new recruits to its roster for 2016: European Formula 3 racer Sergio Sette Camara, SMP Formula 4 champion Niko Kari and Australian Luis Leeds.

Sette Camara and Kari will both race in European F3 for the Motopark team, with Sette Camara remaining with the squad for a second season.

The 17-year-old Brazilian finished 14th in the 2015 standings in what was his first full season in single-seaters, taking two podium finishes.

“I am very proud to join Red Bull family and it is a great opportunity to be part of it, I am very grateful for it,” he said.

“I am very confident for this coming season and really looking forward to start competing again. I am sure that, together with the team and working on the same direction as we are, we will get our objectives.?

Finn Kari claimed the maiden SMP F4 title after stepping out of karts.

?It was a great year and the series had some really good drivers so it wasn?t easy,” said the 16-year-old. “I believe that if you do your work well you can achieve your aims and shouldn?t be worried about it.”

?That?s the way I am looking at next season, of course I will have a lot to learn in F3 but I will work hard to make the best of this big opportunity.

“It?s a great feeling to be invited to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team. I think it will be a fantastic year, I can?t wait to see Pau, that will be my first street circuit and to go to Spa, that is my favourite, I have already tested there a few times in a Formula Renault and F3 car.?

Leeds will move to MSA Formula with Arden, running the same Mygale car he raced in Australian F4 this year.

He finished sixth in the standings after three crashes from three races on the final weekend relegated him from third, but he also won the F4 support race at the Mexican Grand Prix.

“To travel overseas and race in Mexico was an amazing experience and to have the success was unbelievable,? said

?To think that I am now part of the Red Bull Junior Team is just incredible and I can?t wait for the MSA Formula season to start in Britain.

“I know that the level of competition will be much higher but at least the cars will be the same so I can take what I have learnt here and make use of it.?

The final line-up for the Red Bull Junior team in 2016 will be announced in the new year. This year it featured GP2 driver Pierre Gasly, Formula Renault 3.5 racer Dean Stoneman and F3 rookie Callum Ilott, none of whom won a race.