Kevin Ceccon - Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service

Ceccon previously drove for Ocean in GP2 pre-season testing - Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service

Reigning Auto GP champion Kevin Ceccon has signed to race in the GP3 Series for Ocean Racing Technology.

The 18-year-old Italian, who tested for Toro Rosso at the end of 2011, had been eyeing a full-time move to GP2 this year, but failed to land a seat. He made his GP3 testing debut with Trident Racing at the most recent pre-season test in Barcelona.

Tiago Monteiro's Ocean team are making their debut in GP3 this year. Ceccon previously did one day of testing for their GP2 outfit in Jerez at the start of March. The signing of Ceccon completes Ocean's lineup for their maiden GP3 campaign, together with Carmen Jorda and Rob Cregan.

“I am very happy to face this challenge of the GP3 Series with Ocean Racing Technology, who is discovering this world at the same time I am,” said Ceccon. “I think that with my experience, I could conceivably finish in the top three of the championship. I can’t wait to get my start in the Silverstone tests, where I will be able to start working with the crew.”

Monteiro added: “Kevin is a very fast, professional driver. Despite his youth, he has the necessary experience to successfully enter the GP3 Series and to help his two teammates to evolve. It’s a great pleasure to be able to count on him.”