The Racing Steps Foundation have confirmed that Oliver Rowland will contest the Formula Renault 3.5 championship with Fortec Motorsports next season.

Rowland's consistent three day tests in the 3.5 litre models and his second place finish in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup championship have both helped him secure a seat with Fortec Motorsport in their highest category. The team have enjoyed much success with the likes of Robin Frijns and Stoffel Vandoorne in the past.

Rowland previously raced under the Fortec name in 2011 and 2012 before switching to MP Manor this year. The twenty-one-year-old also won the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in 2011.

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Speaking of his step up to the Formula 1 feeder series, Rowland acknowledged how helpful the Racing Steps Foundation have been in helping him to secure his seat.

"Formula Renault 3.5 with a top team like Fortec is a fantastic opportunity for me," said the 21-year-old. "I can't thank the Foundation enough for the continued backing they are providing me with.

"I think my style of driving is well-suited to the car and, together with Fortec, I know we have what it takes to challenge for wins and the title", he continued.

"Clearly it's not going to be easy but they won the title in 2012 with Robin Frijns in his rookie year and were runners-up this year with Stoffel Vandoorne, who was also a rookie, which shows it's perfectly possible."

In 2014, Rowland's rivalry with Formula Renault 2.0 champion, Pierre Gasly, will continue into 2014. The Frenchman will contest the championship with Arden Caterham as part of the Red Bull Junior Team.