GP3 Series runner-up Luca Ghiotto will step up to the GP2 Series this season in a deal that will see him stay with the Trident Racing team.

In his first full season of GP3 Series racing with the Trident team, Ghiotto was engaged in a season-long tussle with Esteban Ocon for the title, only to lose out to the newly announced Renault reserve driver in a final race showdown.

Nevertheless, Ghiotto will make the direct move into GP2 for 2016 and will do so once more with Trident as they look to continue their winning formula.

"I can't wait to line-up for this new adventure. Last year, it was tough for me to fight so hard and not winning the title. However, it has been an extremely useful experience with the help of the excellent teamwork among the whole Trident stable.

"I want to thank once again Maurizio Salvadori and Giacomo Ricci for their support, and the Italian Federation for believing so much in me. I really look forward to be back on-track."

Trident's first signing of the 2016 season, the Italian team is hoping it can nurture Ghiotto into a title contender once again.

"I am delighted to announce that, after a spectacular season that handed him the runner-up honours in the 2015 GP3 Series, young racer Luca Ghiotto will be stepping up to the GP2 Series with Trident," said team manager Maurizio Salvadori.

"The move also provides continuity to the valuable collaboration between Trident and ACI Sport, in a relationship aimed at supporting and promoting the careers of young and talented racers. The completion of the agreement with Ghiotto was favoured and made possible by his participation to the Team Italia program."