Japanese Formula 3 leader Nick Cassidy has joined Prema Powerteam for the next two rounds of the FIA European Formula 3 championship and will inherit the recently-departed Brandon Maisano's Mercedes-powered Dallara.

The New Zealander grabbed an eye-catching third place in the F3 race at Macau last season and will join Felix Rosenqvist, Jake Dennis and Lance Stroll at Prema for Portimao and Nurgburgring but is unable to contest the season finale in Hockenheim as it clashes with the final round of the Japanese series.

Cassidy, a two-time champion of the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series, thanked Prema boss Rene Rosin for the opportunity which the 21-year-old intends to use to gain valuable racing experience.

"With their knowledge I am looking to learn as much as possible, to develop myself, with the aim of good results in these two race meetings," Cassidy said. "I am sure there will be a few little differences to racing in Japan, but I feel prepared, and am looking forward to the challenge."

Cassidy has previous experience in Euro F3 having competed in 12 races with Eurointernational, T-Sport and Carlin in 2013 and 2014.

Rosin said: "I am delighted to rely on Cassidy, a very quick and consistent driver who has not yet had the chance to show his real value at European level. I wish that, driving with Prema at Portimao, where two days of testing will be held before the race, and at Nurburgring, Nick will be able to score the results he deserves."



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