Oliver Rowland will contest a second consecutive Formula Renault 3.5 season with Fortec Motorsports in 2015, it has been announced.

The 22-year-old briefly returned to the cockpit of his race winning Fortec challenger earlier this month for post-season testing, remaining consistently within the top three. This came following a successful first year in Renault's flagship series with the British racer securing two victories.

Speaking after the confirmation, Rowland admitted he was encouraged after a strong first year but concedes that more is yet to come.
"I had a good year and I could've been second quite easily," he said. "Hopefully next year, I'll get a good crack at it and really show my potential."

The 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup runner-up was fourth in his rookie year, trailing Roberto Merhi, Pierre Gasly and eventual champion Carlos Sainz Jr. in the standings. He will remain under the guidance of Racing Steps Foundation, with whom the 2011 McLaren BRDC winner has enjoyed great success.

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"He's cemented a really good relationship with the team, especially his engineer," explained Derek Walters, who runs operations at RSF. "We want to build on where we've ended up, and hopefully go off and win the championship - hopefully by mid season!"

"No pressure, but I'm sure he can do it."

Rowland is only the third driver to be confirmed for next season, joining DAMS' Nyck de Vries and Pons Racing's Oscar Tunjo. Fortec has not won a championship since Robin Frijns' title winning drive in 2012. The team finished second in the constructors' battle this year with Rowland and his team mate Sergey Sirotkin.