New British Formula Three Scholarship Class champion Ernesto Viso has confirmed his entry for the inaugural Sardinian F3 Masters on the streets of Cagliari, and will line up with UK champions Carlin Motorsport for the 2 November event.

The 18-year old Venezuelan never has raced on a street track, but November will see him face three such events on consecutive weekends as, after Cagliari, he contests the Asian double-header in Macau and Korea. The Italian event will also mark only his second appearance in a contemporary 2003 car, having raced a current Dallara with Fortec Motorsport in the Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort.

Viso visited the Carlin factory for a seat fitting earlier this week, and admitted that he was astonished by the high level of sophistication within Trevor Carlin's operation.

"Their facilities are better than any I have seen before," he reported, "The team has a specialist for each detail, which is really amazing. Now I understand why Carlin is the best team of England.

"I will test with them next week, before travelling to Austria and then on to Sardinia, where I will race for the first time with Carlin. We selected this competition because it is will also serve to get me accustomed to street circuits ahead of Macau and Korea."

The last time that Viso competed in Italy was almost two years ago, when he contested the national Formula Renault winter series, finishing fifth overall.

The Venezuelan will be partnered in Cagliari by another new Carlin signing, Monegasque Clivio Piccione, who has already confirmed his place in the team for next year's British F3 Championship. The UK series contingent in Sardinia will also include Malayan Fairuz Fauzy, racing for T-Sport team on this occasion but preparing to partner Viso in the Promatecme team in Macau and Korea.

Viso's commitments with several teams will keep him busy over the next week, before he flies out to Sardinia for the first Sardinian F3 Masters.

"I will be at Oulton Park on Wednesday, testing with Promatecme, and, on Thursday, will run with Roly Vincini and the P1 Motorsports team, but with the 2003 car. On Friday, I will be back with Promatecme. Then, at the end of month, I will be at the A1-Ring to try out with the official Red Bull team, which is testing several drivers for next season."

"In the meantime, I have been working very hard here in England and back in Venezuela to find sponsorship."



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