Former World Series Formula V8 3.5 racer Yu Kanamaru has signed with BlackArts Racing for the upcoming 2019-20 Asian Formula 3 season.
The 25-year-old has raced on and off in F3 since 2014, becoming a race winner in Euroformula Open and finishing ninth in the 2019 Asian F3 season with the Super Licence team.
This year Kanamaru’s main racing commitment has been in TCR Japan, where he won four times in his first campaign outside of single-seaters.
?It is honor to join BlackArts Racing for this upcoming season, and can?t give thanks enough for Bill [O’Brien, team boss] and my sponsors for this opportunity,” said Kanamaru.
“I believe in their potential, and if we work together correctly, we can surely achieve a great result. Can?t wait to get started!?
The team has also re-signed Thomas Luedi, who was runner-up in Asian F3’s Masters Cup this year.
Luedi is one of the owning partners of BlackArts, and has raced for the team since 2015. In his six years in Asian Formula Renault, the 48-year-old picked up several overall top five finishes and also raced in Macau in Formula Masters China’s non-championship event.
The 2019-20 Asian F3 season starts on December 14/15 at former Malaysian Grand Prix venue Sepang, with the other four rounds in the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Thailand all occurring in January and February of 2020.
Absolute Racing has revealed four-car line-up consisting of FIA F3 Championship racer Devlin DeFrancesco, W Series champion Jamie Chadwick, Asian F3 race-winner Daniel Cao and Tommy Smith, while Zen Motorsport and 852 Challengers have stuck with rising star James Yu and Paul Wong.