Formula Renault UK regular Jordan King will join the FIA Formula Two Championship to race in the next three rounds of the season.

At just 17, the Briton will become the youngest ever driver to race in the series since its relaunch in 2009. He will join the F2 field for official testing at Snetterton next Tuesday (7th June), before competing in the rounds at Spa-Francorchamps, the Nurburgring and Brands Hatch.

After a successful karting career King, from Harbury in Leamington Spa, made an impressive car racing debut in Formula Palmer Audi at Silverstone at the end of 2010, qualifying on pole position and scoring a podium finish. For 2011 he has been racing in Formula Renault UK, currently lying seventh in the overall standings and second  in the Graduate Cup. He will continue his Formula Renault campaign in addition to his F2 programme.

A BRDC Rising Star, King got his first taste of F2 in a one-off test at the end of 2009 in Valencia when he was still racing in karts.

“I’m really looking forward to racing in the F2 series and learning as much as possible about the car and also the international tracks which I have never competed on before,” said King. “The idea to race in F2 came about towards the end of 2010 when I did the final rounds of FPA and got talking to the F2 team and it seemed a really good opportunity for me.

“I’m still only 17 so I know it’s going to be difficult, especially going from one formula to another, but I’m keen to experience as much as possible to help progress my career.”

Series director Jonathan Palmer said: “Despite his age, Jordan has already achieved a great deal of success, quickly rising through the ranks in karting and now beginning what will undoubtedly be a successful single-seater career. I watched Jordan’s first F2 test at Valencia and he was really impressive; form that was backed up by his fantastic FPA debut event. Jordan is very quick and cool with it, and I suspect the level – and big – playing field of F2 will enable him to prove just what a talent he is with some top 10 results.”