Jake Dennis is the second name confirmed (after Simon Dolan) in a Team Jota Sport seat for 2016.
The 20 year old racing Steps Foundation driver will race for Arden in GP3 next season but will double up with a two race outing in the Team Jota Sport Gibson Nissan at the Spa WEC round and at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The joint campaign comes after a successful second season in European Formula Three where he finished third in the overall order.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me – an absolute win-win situation for sure,” said Dennis who was second fastest overall on day two of the recent GP3 test in Abu Dhabi with Arden
“Not only do I get to take another step up the single-seater ladder with one of the top teams in GP3 but I also get my first taste of endurance racing with a Le Mans LMP2 class-winning team as well.
“I can’t thank the RSF, Arden and Jota Sport enough for setting this up for me,” the multiple single-seater and kart champion added.
“The chances it gives me to showcase what I’m capable of in front of probably the two biggest audiences in motorsport will be invaluable as I progress my career.”
RSF founder Graham Sharp said the deal with Arden and Jota would open up another avenue for Dennis which was extremely important at this stage in his career.
“It also aligns perfectly with the Foundation’s main objective which is to equip our drivers with the necessary experience to actually earn a living from motorsport after they graduate from us,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of the two teams, Arden’s general manager Julian Rouse, said: “This programme for Jake is exactly what Arden and Jota have joined together to create and we are delighted that our partnership is benefiting a driver of his calibre.
“There is a long term plan for Jake that we are all working towards and it is great that the Racing Steps Foundation shares the same vision as us. We are very thankful of that.
“Judging by how well Jake has already integrated into the team, together with his performance on track in Abu Dhabi, it is going to be an exciting season ahead.”
The addition of Dennis for just the two races indicates that Jota are once again pursuing a factory-retained driver in 2016!
Further driver announcements are now expected in the New Year.