Harry Tincknell is eager to start the 2011 Cooper Tires International British Formula 3 Championship this weekend (16-17 April) at the prestigious Monza circuit in Italy this weekend.

The British F3 series has played host to a number of future Formula 1 stars including Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell and Jenson Button to name a few – meaning a step up from Formula Renault UK was the next logical step for the youngster. 2 seasons in the Formula Renault UK championship saw the racer from Exeter claim the 2009 Formula Renault UK Graduate Cup before going on to finish 5th overall in the main UK championship, he then went on to win the Michelin Formula Renault UK Winter Cup.

The results earned him a racing seat for the Fortec Motorsport team, who’s racing attitude he is already embracing: “I’m really enjoying it at Fortec,” said Harry. “The guys have so much passion and there’s a strong work ethic. It's a real team effort and our focus is on getting it right.”

The 19-year old also acknowledged that quickly adapting to the faster Dallara F3 cars will be crucial to his performance and tough on his fitness. “The car is massively different to what I've been driving in Formula Renault,” said Harry. “You're going through corners even faster with a lot more downforce, so there's a much greater stress on your neck. I’ve worked really hard on my fitness throughout the winter to get me ready for the season ahead.”

Team Principal and owner, Richard Dutton was pleased to welcome Tincknell into the team: “I'm delighted that Harry has signed for Fortec. Having watched him over the last couple of years, his progress has been outstanding and we look forward to a successful year ahead in Formula Three.”

Part of the highly selective Motorsports Association Team UK Programme, Tincknell is one of ten carefully picked drivers to participate in the scheme aimed at developing young drivers in all aspects of motorsport, from fitness to handling the media. The youngster also has been confirmed to continue the programme in 2011.

The 30-round 2011 British Formula 3 Championship finally begins this weekend (16-17 April). Starting in Italy before touring across some of Europe’s most famous circuits such as Spa-Francochamps, Silverstone and the Nurburgring.