Tappy replaces Garcia at RC

Duncan Tappy has joined Italian team RC Motorsport for the remainder of the Formula Renault 3.5 season, replacing former GP2 racer Borja Garcia

Tappy replaces Garcia at RC

The 23-year-old Briton, who won last year's Formula Renault UK title, tested for several teams earlier this year and came close to a deal with Fortec Motorsport, but was unable to secure the budget to contest the full season.

He competed in a one-off Le Mans Series round in the Rollcentre Racing Pescarolo at Monza last month, but was delighted to confirm a deal with RC for the rest of the season, starting at Silverstone next weekend.

"It's a massive relief to have a drive firmed up," he told autosport.com. "After having such a successful season last year it was frustrating to be sitting around without a deal. It's a huge weight off my shoulders to be able to go out and show what I can do, without worrying about when my next race will be."

Tappy, who was twice a McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist, is hoping to be able to challenge at the front from the outset on home soil next weekend.

"There's quite a lot of track time at Silverstone and I've driven the car a few times before so it shouldn't take too long to get up to speed. I know the circuit well, and I love it there, so, as always, I'll be disappointed if I'm not on the pace of the guys at the front."

RC team boss Cristiano Giardina added: "When it became a possibility that Duncan would join the team, I analysed his career and liked what I saw.

"I'm quite confident that we'll get what we need from him, and it's good for us because we've had a difficult season so far so this is a fresh start for us."

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