Daniel McKenzie has become the latest driver to announce an entry into the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series for the 2009 season.
The 20-year-old has inked a deal with Fortec for the season ahead having competed for the team in the Formula Renault Eurocup and produced an encouraging performance during testing at Snetterton this week with the seventh quickest time in a National Class car.
While a deal is already in place for the National Class this season, McKenzie could yet move into the International Class if the required funding can be found.
"That was straight out of the box in a car completed only the night before," McKenzie's father and manager Iain said of the Snetterton performance. "It was a good result and an indication that there is plenty more to come from him.
"We have a deal in place for a full season in the National class but International is our goal - everything depends on what sponsorship funding we can secure in the coming weeks."
Mick Kouros, Fortec's senior race engineer, admitted that McKenzie's pace during testing over the winter had been a surprise with his performance being enough to secure a contract for this season 'there and then'.
"We arranged an F3 test for Daniel at Estoril in December, and he did a reasonable job for his first time in the car,” he said. “The big surprise came when we moved to Valencia two weeks later for a three-day test and Daniel topped the times on one occasion and was always in the top three whenever on track with the quick known drivers.
“We were surprised by his pace and offered him an F3 contract there and then. He has turned out to be quite a hidden talent within Fortec."