Nikita Troitskiy will return to the EuroFormula Open championship on a full-time basis in 2017 after agreeing to race for Drivex School, the outfit that gave him his series debut in 2016.

The Russian competed in two rounds in 2016 with Drivex and secured a podium finish at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza having started from pole position, and spent the majority of the year racing for Fortec Motorsports in Formula Renault 2.0 and took a podium finish in the Northern European Cup championship, again at the Italian circuit.

“I’m happy to represent the SMP Racing programme at Drivex, which is preparing in full force for the 2017 season,” said Troitskiy on euroformulaopen.net.

“We already had a great experience working together at round five and six held at Red Bull Ring and Monza respectively. Our target for 2017 is obvious enough!”

Troitskiy will once again continue with the colours of SMP Racing in 2017, and will be joined in the team Brazilian driver Christian Hahn, who switches from Formula 3 in his homeland to race in Europe for the first time.

“After two years racing in Brazil, I am prepared to take a new step in my career,” said Hahn. “I have learned a lot here and now I’m looking forward to do the same in Europe.

“Of course that it is not easy to make your debut there. I will need an adaptation period but for sure I’m keen to take on such a new challenge. I am extremely happy joining Drivex.

“My first contact with my new team was in Barcelona, and everybody is very motivated. We had other possibilities but I felt immediately at home with Drivex. To be part of this team makes me confident.”