BRDC British Formula 3 Championship ace Ben Hingeley has secured a graduation to the F3 European Championship.
The 20-year-old Welshman steps up with Hitech GP, after testing with the Silverstone-based squad during pre-Christmas runouts in Spain and Portugal.
He also took part in the post-season Abu Dhabi GP3 test last year, driving for Jenzer.
Hingeley has spent two seasons in BRDC British F3, finishing third in the 2017 standings, and he also contested some rounds of the Euroformula Open series, meaning he has race experience of the current-generation Dallara F3 chassis.
Prior to that, he was the Formula Jedi champion in his rookie season of car racing in 2015.
Hingeley joins BRDC British F3 champion Enaam Ahmed and Japanese F3, Formula V8 3.5 and GP3 race winner Alex Palou in Hitech’s line-up of Mercedes-powered Dallaras.
Hitech boss Oliver Oakes said: “We are really happy to welcome Ben to the team – he was a worthy adversary with Enaam in British F3.
“His recent GP3 tests in Abu Dhabi and the recent tests with us in F3 were very impressive and made us confident in his making the step up to FIA F3 for 2018.”
2018 European F3 line-up so far:
Guan Yu Zhou