Kush Maini, younger brother of F3 racer Arjun, will make his European single-seater racing debut by signing up for full-time SMP F4 and Spanish F4 campaigns.
In 2015, the 15-year-old had a successful final year in karting as he claimed the Trofeo Andrea Margutti KFJ title as well as a fourth place in WSK Champions Cup.
Maini, who is mentored by Karun Chandhok, also gained some car racing experience by competing in the JK Tyre Racing India series.
“Both the SMP and Spanish Formula 4 championships are one-make championships, which means all the cars will be equal”, explained Maini.
“This gives me a chance to focus on my driving, while at the same time learning various tracks I have never competed on. I’m quite excited about starting my car racing career and I’m aiming for a Top 5 in both championships, although I will strive to win both.”
Chandhok added: “The offer from Koiranen Racing to do a double program was very interesting because he will end up doing 45 races plus a lot of testing in a single year! It’s going to be a busy year but with the amount of experience he gets, the move to cars will certainly be justifiable.”
Maini is the fifth driver to join SMP F4 and the very first one to announce his participation in the Spanish series.