British Formula 3 front runner Brendon Hartley will switch to the F3 Euro Series with Carlin Motorsport next year, the team confirmed on Wednesday night.
Hartley secured several victories during a maiden campaign in British F3 in 2008 but lost out to teammates Jaime Alguersuari and Oliver Turvey in the final standings.
However, with Carlin continuing their tie-up with Red Bull's junior driver programme, the New Zealander will remain with the outfit for an assault in Europe in 2009.
As well as confirming Hartley, Carlin Motorsport have announced that Daniel Ricciardo will join their team for next year's British F3 championship. The Australian was a front runner in last season's Formula Renault Eurocup championship, taking six wins but missing out on the title by just four points.
Speaking about the signings, team boss Trevor Carlin said: "Brendon is a very valued and well liked member of the team. He showed stunning pace in British F3 last year and towards the end of the season a new maturity and confidence emerged in his racing, which I'm sure we'll see again in F3 Euro Series in 2009.
"In British F3 we'll be joined by Daniel Ricciardo and I'm delighted that Red Bull have entrusted us with one of their most promising young drivers.
"Daniel has been fantastic so far in testing; he's been quick, consistent and has gelled really well into the team. 2009 will be his first full year in F3, but I think we can expect some great performances from him."
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