Formula MRFNick Percat will compete for Walkinshaw Racing in the final two rounds of India’s Formula MRF series next month, becoming one of the first Australian drivers to race at the new Buddh International Circuit.

The domestic single-seater category will support the Airtel Grand Prix of India, the country’s first-ever Formula One event, held in Greater Noida from October 28-30.

It will be Percat’s first competitive race in an open wheeler since winning the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2009.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be among the first to race at India’s new circuit,” said Percat.

“The Formula MRF cars have the same horsepower as the Formula Fords I’m used to racing, but the front and rear wings and larger slick tyres will give the cars more aero and mechanical grip.

“The track appears to have a lot of medium speed corners and a high speed back straight, so there should be plenty of slipstreaming opportunities. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Walkinshaw International will field two cars in the championship finale of the Formula MRF series at Buddh International Circuit.

“Over recent years India’s interest and participation in motorsport has grown enormously, culminating in the country’s first ever Formula One event later this year,” said Walkinshaw Racing Director Ryan Walkinshaw.

“Entering two cars in India’s one-make Formula MRF series is a great step for us to take in this rapidly growing motorsport market.

“Nick is certainly well credentialed in open wheeler racing and I’m confident he’ll be very competitive for us in India.”

Percat will fly to Chennai for a two day test after the L&H 500 Phillip Island endurance race, where he is co-driving with Garth Tander in the #2 Toll HRT Commodore.

The 22 year-old will then make his Bathurst 1000 debut alongside Tander before jetting back to India for the two Formula MRF races at the Airtel Grand Prix of India from October 28-30