AVF has become the first team to confirm its driver line-up for the revamped Formula 3.5 V8 Championship after signing Tom Dillmann alongside Alfonso Celis.

The Frenchman, who raced with Carlin in the erstwhile Renault-backed series, set an impressive pace with AVF during post-season testing last week, prompting the two parties to reach a deal for 2016.

A race winner at GP2 Series level, Dillmann - who finished seventh overall in 2015 - is hoping a year's experience with the car will see him emerge as a more frequent front runner next year.

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"I am delighted to take part in the Formula 3.5 V8 season with AVF. I thank Adrian Valles for providing me with this great opportunity. After the test we had together at Alcaniz, I'm sure we will be able to enjoy a successful season.

"The car is one of the best in business, it's really quick and thrilling and I think I still have some unfinished business in single seaters. I never managed to be in the right place at the right time, but with AVF I feel I'm in the right position to score the results my abilities can do and reverse my fortune."

With AVF the only team to confirm any drivers for 2016 so far, team owner and former driver Adrian Valles is confident he has a title-contending line-up.

I am really happy to rely on a skilled, quick and experienced driver like Tom Dillmann. In the recent round of testing at Alca?iz he did a great job, we had a good time with him and he appreciated our work method. So we quickly found an agreement for the next season. Together with Celis, who grew up consistently race after race in 2015, I think Tom will form a great line-up that will allow us to aim for the top in every single race."