Arden Motorsport has confirmed 17-year-old Canadian racer Nico Christodoulou will join the team’s expanded three-car line-up for this weekend’s Donington Park rounds.
Christodoulou’s addition comes after a tie-up between the Banbury-based operation and the American Velocity Racing Development squad, for whom Christodoulou races in the Formula Regional Americas category.
The Ontario contender made his single-seater debut in 2018 with races in the Atlantic Championship and F2000 before committing to a full-time campaign in the 2018-19 Formula 4 Nacam Championship, finishing fourth overall with 11 podiums.
Despite the complications of 2020, Christodoulou managed a full season in F4 USA with a podium at the Circuit of the Americas, while also competing in selected USF2000 events.
Last year was his most successful season to date, remaining in US F4 and finishing fourth overall with three victories, seven additional podiums, two pole positions and four fastest laps.
He’s since made a strong start to life in Formula Regional Americas, with four top-six finishes in the first six races with Velocity Racing Development.
His first taste of Arden’s GB3 car will come in testing on Thursday at Donington Park.
Christodoulou’s addition means the GB3 Championship will have a record 22-car grid for this weekend’s three races, eclipsing the 21-car figure seen on several occasions since the 2016 season.
Christodoulou said: “I can’t wait to get going in GB3 this weekend with Arden, and am very grateful to Arden and Velocity Racing Development for this opportunity. The GB3 grid is a very tough and competitive one, and with this being my first event outside of the Americas, there’s a lot to learn and I’m looking forward to getting into the car for the first time on Thursday and showing what I can do.”
Arden Motorsport Team Manager Jack Woodhouse said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Nico to the team at Donington Park, and look forward to seeing how he gets on during his first weekend of international racing. His experience from Formula Regional is a good starting point, and with his record so far, we’ve no doubt he’ll get up to speed quickly as he builds his experience.”