Joey Mawson, the recently crowned German Formula 4 Champion, will race in the upcoming Duo BRDC British Formula 3 Autumn Trophy at Snetterton (29/30 October) with Douglas Motorsport.

Mawson, who hails from Sydney in Australia, will make his debut in the one-weekend, four-race championship in Norfolk, fresh from his success in Germany where he won the title following a year-long battle with Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick. He took 10 wins along with six other podium finishes across the year and will now finish off 2016 by racing in British F3.

The 20-year-old finished third overall in his first year of German Formula 4 in 2015 and prior to that, raced in the French Formula 4 Championship, finishing fourth overall in 2014 as he made his debut in single-seaters. Mawson also enjoyed success in karting, entering both the CIK-FIA European and World Championships in the KF category, having made the step up from domestic racing, where he finished as runner-up in the Australian Rotax Nationals in 2012.

Mawson said: “The opportunity came as a bit of a surprise, mentally I had already started to focus on the off season and onto winter testing. Now it’s quickly back to focusing on a race weekend. It’s a great opportunity to be back in a car again and have a race meeting while learning a new track at the same time.

“I’ve never driven the BRDC Formula 3 car before, although there are some things that will be familiar like the Pirelli tyres. It will be nice to drive a slightly faster car as I prepare for the next step in my career during 2017.”

Wayne Douglas, Team Principal of Douglas Motorsport, added: “It is great to be able to confirm that Joey will be in one of our cars for this weekend’s Duo BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy at Snetterton. He is a really quick driver, as he proved this year by taking the German F4 title, and we are really excited to see what he can do in the Tatuus-Cosworth British F3 car.”

The 2016 Duo BRDC British Formula 3 Autumn Trophy enables drivers to get their first taste of British F3 whilst also offering additional mileage for those drivers remaining with the championship for a second campaign.