Oliver Webb will join Fortec Motorsports to compete in the World Series by Renault FR3.5 championship in 2013, it was confirmed this week.

The Cheshire-born racer and BRDC member joins 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion, Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, to complete a competitive driver pairing for the British-based team.

"I couldn't be happier to be coming back to Fortec after having completed two seasons in Formula Renault and a season in Formula 3 very successfully with the team," said Webb.

"We were speaking to a variety of championships and teams for the 2013 season but, when the opportunity arose with Fortec, it was a clear decision.I'm really looking forward to pushing hard in a great championship with a strong teammate and, of course, with a championship-winning team - a recipe for success. What a Christmas!"

The announcement marks a return to European racing for Webb, and a second season in the competitive World Series by Renault FR3.5 championship having competed in it in 2011.

In 2012 the 21-year-old raced in the USA and enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign in the Firestone IndyLights Series with Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM), finishing seventh in the drivers' championship and claiming the team's 50th pole position in Detroit.

Richard Dutton, Fortec Motorsports team owner, added: "Oliver is a great driver and I'm really pleased to have him back in the team. We have a great relationship with him, and we've really seen him grow through the years, and he is an incredibly talented driver.

"We had a fantastic season in the FR3.5 during 2012, and we want to regain our championship title; with Stoffel and Oliver on the team I believe we will be top contenders again for 2013."