Duncan Tappy has joined Italian team RC Motorsport for the remainder of the Formula Renault 3.5 season, replacing former GP2 racer Borja Garcia.
The 23-year-old Briton, who won last year's Formula Renault UK title, tested for several teams earlier this year and came close to a deal with Fortec Motorsport, but was unable to secure the budget to contest the full season.
He competed in a one-off Le Mans Series round in the Rollcentre Racing Pescarolo at Monza last month, but was delighted to confirm a deal with RC for the rest of the season, starting at Silverstone next weekend.
"It's a massive relief to have a drive firmed up," he told autosport.com. "After having such a successful season last year it was frustrating to be sitting around without a deal. It's a huge weight off my shoulders to be able to go out and show what I can do, without worrying about when my next race will be."
Tappy, who was twice a McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist, is hoping to be able to challenge at the front from the outset on home soil next weekend.
"There's quite a lot of track time at Silverstone and I've driven the car a few times before so it shouldn't take too long to get up to speed. I know the circuit well, and I love it there, so, as always, I'll be disappointed if I'm not on the pace of the guys at the front."
RC team boss Cristiano Giardina added: "When it became a possibility that Duncan would join the team, I analysed his career and liked what I saw.
"I'm quite confident that we'll get what we need from him, and it's good for us because we've had a difficult season so far so this is a fresh start for us."