18-year-old Oli Webb has become the latest signing for Fortec Motorsports for the 2010 season in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series.

The young star steps up to Formula 3 after contesting two seasons in Formula Renault UK with the Fortec team where he established himself as one of the most consistent runners in the field, collecting two wins in 2009 and a further eight podium positions, leading to finishing third place in the championship.

“We have been impressed with how easily young Oliver has adapted to the car,” says Fortec’s senior race engineer Mick Kouros. “He has been in the top three at all the tests he’s attended, and was quickest at a couple of those, particularly the wet-weather ones. We are sure that Oli is going to be among the very fastest in F3 next season.”

Webb who’s still at university said: “I am delighted with how pre-season has gone so far and I am really happy with how I have adapted to the car. The Formula 3 car has a lot more downforce and engine power and the way it drives suits my driving style more than the Formula Renault car did.

“To have gone so well in the tests is more than I could have hoped for when I am up against guys with a year of experience in the car already. The list of drivers who have done a season or more in British F3 before going on to race at the highest level is pretty incredible and I am determined to join them.”

Webb will renew his rivalry with another promising Brit, James Calado who beat him to the runner-up spot this year.

Webb began his motor sport career at the age of nine in karting before moving on to the T-Cars winter series in 2005, leading to a full season in 2006. In 2007 he moved on to Formula BMW UK before switching to Formula Renault.

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