Romanian racer Petru Florescu will compete in the 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with Douglas Motorsport.
Florescu graduates to the UK’s premier single-seater category having mounted a strong title challenge in last year’s F4 British Championship, with the 18-year-old eventually finishing sixth overall with five wins. He now joins Douglas Motorsport in British F3, with the Corby-based outfit looking to build upon a brilliant 2016 season which saw the team score three wins with Thomas Randle and Enaam Ahmed.
Florescu, who hails from the Romanian capital Bucharest, combined his British F4 duties last year with outings in a number of other championships, including Eurocup Formula Renault and EuroFormula Open.
He began his single-seater career in the then named MSA Formula category during 2015 and prior to that enjoyed a glittering karting career, competing in various world-level events and finishing as runner-up in the 2013 WSK Final Cup in the KF Junior category.
Florescu will also compete in EuroFormula Open during 2017 and will not take part in the British F3 rounds which already clash with his existing commitments in that championship.
Florescu said: “I love racing in the UK. I think the tracks here and the level of competition in British Formula 3 really separate the top drivers from the average ones. I am very happy to be able to add five rounds of the British F3 Championship to my programme this season and I am excited to be working with Wayne Douglas and his team. They are all very focused and very good at their job. We just clicked instantly and I am sure we will do well together this year, especially since I love driving the British F3 car!"
|2016||F4 British Championship - Sixth overall with five wins
Eurocup Formula Renault and EuroFormula Open
|2013||CIK-FIA World KF-Junior Championship
CIK-FIA European KF-Junior Championship
WSK Final Cup KF Junior runner-up