Egor Orudzhev will remain with Arden Motorsport for the new-look 2016 Formula 3.5 V8 championship following a successful début season with the British outfit.
The Russian won two races for Arden, cumulating in an impressive fifth-placed finish in the overall standings and second best rookie of the season. At just 20 years old, Orudzhev is already experienced for his age with French F4 and Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup among his single-seater campaigns.
"I am delighted to be with Arden again for another season," remarked Orudzhev following the announcement. "Next year could be a very good year, I am aiming to fight for top 3 positions at every round and, of course, fight for the championship."
The SMP-backed driver is one of Russia's latest young stars but the identity of his 2016 team mate is still up for debate. Reigning Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion Jack Aitken, Ferrari development driver Antonio Fucoco and Markus Pommer are all contenders for the coveted second seat.
Orudzhev spent much of 2015 learning from the telemetry of former Arden driver turned Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly who competed in the FR3.5 series back in 2014. This, coupled with a season of great relations with the British squad, he says, has helped to build the foundations for a strong 2016 season.
"I have good knowledge of the car now and working with the team, so I am more confident going into a second season," he insisted. "It will be good to continue in the manner that we finished the 2015 season."
Upon making the announcement, Orudzhev is the fourth confirmed driver for the 2016 F3,5 V8 championship - the series' first season under the sole promotion of a Jaime Alguersuari-led RPM Racing. He joins the AVF duo of Tom Dillmann and Alfonso Celis Jr and Fortec Motorsport's Louis Deletraz as the known competitors for the new era of Formula 3.5 V8.