Arthur Rogeon will join Chris Dittmann Racing in GB3 on a two-year deal.
The French karting star is making his debut in single seaters this year after an impressive career in go-karts, Rogeon competed in the FIA Karting World Championships in Italy last year.
The 16-year-old explained his target is to become a professional driver and that GB3 is the perfect stepping stone towards that.
“My ultimate goal is to be a professional driver. Formula 1 is every racer’s dream, but any category that can allow me to race professionally is something I’m open to. The GB3 Championship is a great first step onto the single-seater ladder, so I’m excited to start that journey with Chris Dittmann Racing.”
“I started karting in 2017 and have been racing ever since. Last year I took part in the European and World Karting Championships, so I wanted to make the jump into single seaters for 2023.
Rogeon has already conducted a two-day test in the British F4 car and is hoping to battle for the championship next year.
“The pre-season testing I did with the team was my first time out of a kart, so we started with two days in the F4 car and made a lot of improvements.
“We then decided it was the best option to do a two-year programme in GB3 as it allows for lots of learning throughout the season, with hopes of fighting for the championship in 2024.
“I improved quickly in the car, but I still have a lot more to learn, but it was great working with the team during testing as everyone was very easy to work with and it felt like a big family. I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone better and improving with them.”
Team Owner Chris Dittmann sees an abundance to talent in the Frenchman and is focused on Rogeon’s two-year programme with the Gloucestershire squad.
Dittmann said: “We set up some testing at the end of last year with Arthur in the GB3 car, but we also managed a few days in the F4 car before that, which helped to get him up to speed with some of the circuits and get familiar with the team.
“We see a lot of potential in Arthur, so it’s a case of putting everything into practice and helping him develop as quickly as he can. Luckily, driver development is what we specialise in.
“The focus is on doing a two-year programme with 2024 being the year we fight for the championship together. He wants to learn as much as he can in the new car and on unfamiliar circuits, so that will be the aim for this season.”