Mitch Evans - Photo Credit: Drew Gibson/GP3 Series Media Service

Mitch Evans will remain in the familiar red and white of Arden in 2012 - Photo Credit: Drew Gibson/GP3 Series Media Service

MW Arden have confirmed that Mitch Evans will remain with the team for an assault on the GP3 Series title this year.

Evans begins 2012 as the pre-season favourite after a highly impressive rookie campaign. In just his second European race meeting at Barcelona, the Kiwi, then aged 16, took pole and position and a victory. He claimed the championship lead next time out at Valencia, though slipped to ninth overall by the end of a highly-competitive campaign.

As expected, he will remain with the British team, co-owned by Christian Horner and Evan's mentor Mark Webber, for his sophomore campaign. He utterly dominated the timesheets at the one post-season test he contested, also at Barcelona, last October.

“I am really pleased to announce that I will be back with MW Arden in 2012,” said Evans. “Last year was a learning year for me as it was my first year in Europe. I believe that I have the best package around me to succeed. There is only one thing I am focused on this year and that is to win the championship.”

Arden's Julian Rouse commented: “We are all absolutely delighted to have Mitch back in the team in 2012. He is so good to work with and really pushes the team forward. He produced an impressive rookie season in GP3 in 2011 and is a driver that clearly has a huge amount of ability. I know that in his second year Mitch has the potential to be the best driver out there.”