Richard 'Spike' Goddard will graduate to the National Class of British Formula 3 next season with T-Sport.
The Australian is stepping up to F3 after finishing 10th in this year's British Formula Ford championship with Jamun Racing.
Goddard, 19, said: "I've chosen to race in the National Class so that I can build up my knowledge in preparation for a move to the International Class in 2013.
"After I moved to the UK to compete in British Formula Ford last year I spent a lot of time with the [T-Sport] team, as we were often on the same billing, so we've got to know each other pretty well.
"Throughout 2011 I've worked with the T-Sport engineers on the simulator at Base Performance, learning all the tracks I was unfamiliar with in Europe. This was such an enjoyable experience that it made me want to work with them in the future, so it was an easy decision to make when the time came to make plans for 2012.
"I'm under no illusions and know that it will be a tough year, but I will be out to win."
Goddard has already tested with his new team and T-Sport boss Russell Eacott is sure a season in the National Class is the right move.
"It's good to have Spike on the team," said Eacott. "We already know him well and although he knows he has a big challenge ahead of him, he is motivated to go out there and win in National Class."