Australian single seater rising star Zane Goddard will graduate to the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup this season after securing a deal with the renowned Arden Motorsport squad.
The Gold-Coast teenager impressed during his maiden season in Europe competing in the British Formula 4 Championship.
Goddard scored four wins alongside a further four podium finishes on his way to eighth in the championship for Double R Racing.
The Formula Renault Eurocup will present a new challenge for the 17-year-old racing on Formula 1 circuits, including a support race on the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.
Goddard is the third Australian to join the hotly contested junior category following Luis Leeds at Josef Kaufmann Racing and Thomas Maxwell, who has teamed up with French outfit Tech 1 Racing.
“I am super excited about the season ahead,” said Goddard, who tested for the British team during the off-season.
“To be racing with Arden in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Championship is amazing.
“Arden has proved time and time again that they can win races in all championships.
“After my first test with the team, I could straight away see the determination to succeed amongst every member of the team.
“I have no doubts that by race one of the season we will have a super competitive car and all the tools to achieve big things.
“I strongly believe that Formula Renault is the perfect next step to improve myself as a driver.
“The field will be ultra-competitive and also having the opportunity to race at so many big name circuits such as racing at Monaco on the Formula 1 weekend will be so beneficial in years to come.
“I am now just super eager to get started working with the whole team and to hit the track. I think it’s fair to say the first test couldn’t come around soon enough.”
The Formula Renault Eurocup season begins at Italy’s Monza circuit from April 22-23.