Spanish F4 contender Branden Lee Oxley will join Chris Dittmann Racing for the second half of the BRDC British F3 Championship season, starting next weekend (7/8 August) at Snetterton.
The Anglo-Thai driver has primarily entered the Spanish F4 category so far in 2021, competing in nine races in his first campaign of single-seater racing.
The 17-year-old also entered the recent EuroFormula Open round at Imola, with a best result of sixth place, before now moving to Britain’s leading single-seater championship.
Before his venture into slicks and wings racing, Oxley competed in the Spanish TCR category in 2020, finishing eighth overall.
The Malaga resident completed extensive testing mileage in F4 prior to his graduation into racing, and also sampled previous generation Formula 3 machinery and Radicals, before making his overall racing debut of any kind at the start of last year.
The Snetterton event on 7-8 August will be the youngster’s first taste of the Tatuus-Mountune British F3 car, with team and driver looking to use the remaining four events as a test programme ahead of a planned full-time assault on the championship in 2022.
Oxley commented: “I’m thrilled to be racing in the remaining rounds of the BRDC British F3 Championship with Chris Dittmann Racing. I’ve already sampled a race weekend with the team having been at Brands Hatch with them earlier in the year, though Snetterton will be the first time I’ll be driving the car.
“This year is mainly experience and learning for me as it’s my first season in single seaters, hence I’m doing the remainder of this season in preparation for 2022. It will be challenge so I need to get up to speed with the car and myself in order to progress as much as I can. I’ve set my goals high and I’ll be fully focused on achieving them”
Team Principal Chris Dittmann said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Branden to our team for the rest of the season. He’s shown a lot of progress in a very limited racing career so far, and the next four events will be a useful exercise for him as he plans ahead for 2022.
“It’s a tough ask to join the series halfway through the season, but he showed in his EuroFormula appearance that he can get on the pace with little preparation. With our driver development programme, I’m confident he’ll be in the mix come the end of the season.”