Indian racer Akhil Rabindra has announced his plans for the 2018 season, which will see him move to the GT4 European Series, driving for the French outfit 3Y Technology alongside experienced Belgian driver Stephane Lemeret.
The Bangalorean makes a switch from British GT, where he was driving the Garage 59's McLaren 570S as a McLaren GT Academy driver. In the GT4 European series, he will drive the brand new BMW M4 GT4 machinery in the Silver class.
The Indo-Belgian pair is one of the three entered by 3Y Technology for the 2018 season. The Am class will see the French pair of Sylvain Debs and Gwenael Delomier, while the Pro-Am will have Brazilian Luiz Floss with Belgian Jamie Vandenbalc.
"I am excited to race with 3Y technology in the European GT4 championship with Stephen Lameret in the new BMW M4 GT4," said Rabindra exlcusively. "It will be exciting to race with such a large and competitive grid on some of the greatest track across Europe. I look forward to my season this year with some great results."
Team manager Guillame Maillard added: "I am extremely happy with the driver pairings for the GT4 European series. We have a good mix between young up-coming talent and experience. We expect great things from Akhil Rabindra and Stephane Lemeret in the Silver Cup.
"We will aim for podium finishes every race. The GT4 European Series is the toughest GT4 championship in the world so the task will not be easy."
The 2018 season marks the first time the BMWs will be used in the championship, which already has a strong manufacturer list comprising of Mercedes, Porsche, McLaren, Aston Martin, Audi, KTM, Chevrolet, Maserati and Ginetta.
This will be Rabindra's second full-season in a GT series after making a switch from single-seater racing last year with McLaren. He tested the new 3Y Technology's BMW M4 GT4 car in Barcelona few weeks back, before his decision.
The season starts during April 7-8 at Circuit Zolder, Belgium, followed by Brands Hatch, UK (May 5-6), Misano, Italy (June 23-24), Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (July 21-22), Hungaroring (September 1-2) and Nurburgring, Germany (September 15-16).
Five of the six rounds in the 2018 season baring the Spa-Francorchamps weekend will be a support event to the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup.
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