Matt Rao has opted to stay with Team Fortec Motorsport after graduating into the Formula 3 European championship from British F3.

The 20-year-old driver finished runner-up last season, missing out on the British F3 title by just two points to Chinese driver Martin Cao.

Rao says he is keen to continue developing as a driver and sees the step up to Euro F3 as a logical move.

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"I'm very pleased to be competing for Fortec Motorsports once more in 2015 Rao said. "After a fantastic 2014 with the team in British Formula 3, I have complete confidence that the team and I can work well together in what will be my rookie year in European Formula 3.

"Building on what I learnt last year, I hope to prove myself in what is arguably the most competitive junior category in the world today."

Fortec Motorsport team manager Bruce Jenkins backed Rao's comments and says the British driver is ready for the step up in competition.

"It's the natural step following his great year in British F3 with the team," Jenkins said. "He tested the current car in Valencia and showed his speed. It will be a steep learning curve to start with, but we're expecting good things."

Rao will join Pietro Fittipaldi at Fortec Motorsport for the 2015 Euro F3 season with further driver announcements expected in the coming weeks. The season begins at Silverstone on the 10-12 April.