Reigning GB3 champion Luke Browning has secured a step up to FIA Formula 3, filling the final spot on the grid with Hitech GP.
The 21-year-old is believed to be gaining the support of a Formula 1 team, and has found the budget to make the next step in his career having previously been unsure of having the funds required to graduate into F3.
Browning started his car racing career in sportscar and touring cars, coming third in Ginetta Junior in 2018. He then switched to British Formula 4, where he won the 2020 title, and the year after that he raced in ADAC F4 – coming third in the standings – as he lacked the budget to step up the single-seater ladder.
Hitech signed Browning last year for GB3, and after winning the championship he then stepped up to Formula Regional Middle East with the team for two rounds. Last month he went to Bahrain with Hitech to conduct the prize F3 test he recieved for being GB3 champion, and got a deal done to race for the team in the series.
“I’m excited to announce I’ll be taking the step up to FIA F3 with Hitech,” said Browning. “We had a fantastic season in GB3 last year. These past 12 months I have really developed as a driver with their guidance and professionalism.
“I am very thankful to the people who continuously believe in me and have made this possible. I am under no illusions how competitive FIA F3 is and stepping into the car for the first time in February will be a steep learning curve before we head to Bahrain. I feel confident with everyone at Hitech that I can hit the ground running.”