Patrick Heuzenroeder will step up to GB3 with Elite Motorsport for the final two rounds of the season, starting this weekend at Zandvoort.
The Australian teenager was 19th in British Formula 4 with Argenti Motorsport this year, and took one podium at Snetterton.
Prior to that he karted in his homeland before making his car racing debut in the 2022 New South Wales Formula Ford championship, where he was a title contender before ending his season early to do F4 testing with Argenti in the UK.
“After a year in British F4 learning the tracks and the whole new world which is motorsport in the UK, when the offer to take part in GB3 at Zandvoort arose, it seemed a great opportunity,” said Heuzenroeder.
“I had the chance to do a one test day in a GB3 car earlier in the year, and after a few laps of adapting to the speed and downforce, I just loved it. That day went really well and I’m hopeful I can bring some of that experience to help me get up to speed quickly in the Netherlands but Zandvoort is obviously a very different and totally new track for me.
“The majority of other drivers have been in these cars all year and many will have tested there, so I’m realistic about my expectations this weekend. I’m sure the experience will help form some decisions I will need to make about 2024 including whether GB3 might be the right step for me.
“With the F4 season finishing only last weekend, I’m very fortunate to have the chance to get back in a race car and I’m very grateful to Elite Motorsport for the opportunity.”
He will race alongside Elite’s two regular drivers McKenzy Cresswell and Oliver Stewart.
“We are pleased to announce Pat joining us for Zandvoort and the Donington Park rounds,” said Elite’s team principal, Eddie Ives. “We’re already impressed with his commitment and his work ethic. It’s a big ask to jump up to GB3 with minimal testing but I’m confident he’ll adapt well and we are fully behind his debut in the championship.”
The GB4 grid is also set to grow for its season finale at Donington Park later this month. Esports star Lucas Blakeley will return with KMR Sport after competing at Snetterton in June, while Lexie Belk and Dan Hickey will make their debuts. Belk, who has competed in sportscars in the Ginetta GT Championship this year, will enter as a privateer and Hickey will join Fortec Motorsports for his car racing bow.