MW Arden has confirmed that Lewis Williamson will race for the team in the 2011 GP3 Series season, as previously reported by The Checkered Flag.

The young Scottish racer will take his first steps into European competition this season, having finished as runner-up in the Formula Renault UK Championship in 2010.

The McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner will be hoping to build upon his performance in GP3 post-season testing, where he topped the timesheets on his first day in the car.

Williamson is pleased to be joining the team, which is run by Formula 1 driver Mark Webber and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

“It is great to be part of MW Arden for 2011 and getting the chance to compete in the GP3 Championship,” he said.

As well as thanking MW Arden for giving him the opportunity to graduate to GP3, he also thanked the Highland Arena organisation, which has supported his climb up the motorsport arena as an emerging sporting talent from the Scottish Highlands.

“I am very grateful to the team and Highland Arena for making this possible. They have done a great job from both sides, now it is my chance to do my bit and give a 110% to it.”

MW Arden Team Manager Julian Rouse added: “We are absolutely delighted to have Lewis working with us in 2011. He is obviously a driver with a huge amount of talent and application. He has proven time and time again how quickly he can develop and adapt as a driver, so I have every confidence he will enter into his first season of racing in a European Championship being very competitive right from the start. I know Lewis will fit into the team straight away and completes a very exciting driver line up for us this year.”

Williamson joins second-year GP3 driver Simon Trummer and teenage rookie Mitch Evans in the MW Arden driver lineup.