Marvin Kirchhofer has secured a graduation to GP2 for 2016, joining the Carlin team.
The German driver steps up after two seasons in GP3 with ART Grand Prix in 2014-15, finishing third in the standings on both occasions and winning five races.
Prior to that, he won the ADAC Formel Masters and German Formula 3 titles in his homeland.
He will join up with the team for this week’s first pre-season test at Barcelona, having previously spent one day in a GP2 car with Hilmer Motorsport at the end of 2014.
“We had some offers available, but in the end, the offer of Carlin promised us the most,” said the 21-year-old.
“The team has been very successful in recent years in GP2 and makes a very professional impression.”
Kirchhofer is the first of Carlin’s GP2 drivers for this season to be revealed.
GP2 2016 line-up so far
|ART Grand Prix||1||Nobuharu Matsushita||2||Sergey Sirotkin|
|Racing Engineering||3||Norman Nato||4||Jordan King|
|DAMS||5||Alex Lynn||6||Nicholas Latifi|
|Campos Racing||7||Mitch Evans||8||Sean Gelael|
|Russian Time||9||Raffaele Marciello||10||Artem Markelov|
|Rapax||11||Gustav Malja||12||Arthur Pic|
|Trident||14||Philo Paz Armand||15||Luca Ghiotto|
|Status Grand Prix||16||17|
|Prema Racing||20||Antonio Giovinazzi||21||Pierre Gasly|
|MP Motorsport||22||Oliver Rowland||23||Daniel de Jong|