Kotaro Sakurai joins Auto GP for final round

Kotaro Sakurai will become the first Japanese driver to race in Auto GP when he makes his series debut at Sonoma this weekend

Kotaro Sakurai joins Auto GP for final round

Sakurai, 18, has joined Vincenzo Sospiri's Euronova squad for the final round of this year's championship in California.

"I'm very happy to be joining the Auto GP Championship for the Sonoma race. This will be my first taste of a really powerful car and I am looking forward to it a lot," said Sakurai.

"I know that the series has some very experienced drivers but also some very young drivers like me and I think that the fact that Sonoma is a new track for almost everyone will be very interesting.

"For me it's very important also that I will be the first Japanese driver to compete in Auto GP".

Sakurai began the year in GP3 with Status GP, but was replaced by Lewis Williamson mid-season after failing to score a point. He was also the British Formula 3 National Class champion in 2011.

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