Ernesto Jose Viso has confirmed that he will take part in the first Masters of Sardinia event, having signed with Carlin Motorsport.

The race, also known as the Grand Prix of Cagliari, will support the final round of the Euro F3000 Championship. The street race, scheduled for 1-2 November, is expected to attract leading exponents from the F3 Euroseries as well as several national championships.

18-year old Viso, the new British F3 Scholarship Class champion, has never competed on a street circuit before but, in November, will face three consecutive events as he travels from Sardinia to contest the Asian double-header in Macau and Korea.

The Italian event will also mark his second appearance in a 2003 car, having raced with Fortec Motorsport in the Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort.

Viso visited the Carlin Motorsport factory for a seat fitting in the Dallara-Mugen F303 this week, and was astonished by the level of sophistication at Trevor Carlin's operation.

"Their facilities are more complete than we have seen," he said, "There is a specialist for each detail, which is really amazing. Now we understand why Carlin is the best team in England.

"We will test with them next week, before travelling to Austria and Sardinia, where we will contest the F3 race. We selected this competition because it is also on a semi-permanent street track, which will serve to accustom us to the street circuits of Macau and Korea."

The Venezuelan will race with the Promatecme team in the Far East events, and also has two test sessions scheduled with Chris Weller's squad before he leaves for Sardinia.

"This Wednesday, we will be at Oulton Park testing with Promatecme, and, on Thursday, will run with Roly Vincini and the P1 Motorsports team, but the car 2003," Viso revealed, "On Friday, we will again test with Promatecme.

"We have continued working very hard here in England and Venezuela in search of sponsors but, at the end of month, we will be at the A1-Ring to try out with the official Red Bull team, in a test with several other drivers to see who will get the endorsement of the Austrian company."

The last time that Viso competed on Italian soil was in November 2001, when he contested the national Formula Renault winter series, finishing fifth overall. Now he returns to race on the island of Sardinia in a Formula Three machine.

Viso will line-up alongside Clivio Piccione in the Carlin squad, the Monegasque driver having already signed with the team for the 2004 British F3 Championship.

The field in Sardinia will also feature Malaysia's Fairuz Fauzy, who will drive for T-Sports in the event before teaming up with Viso at Promatecme in Macau and Korea.

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