Jake Dennis has joined Arden for his rookie season in the GP3 Series in 2016 alongside his commitments in the World Endurance Championship with Jota Sport.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver makes the step up to GP3 from the European Formula 3 championship after finishing third in the drivers' standings, notching up six race wins along with 10 further rostrum results.

The three-party deal between Arden, Jota Sport and Race Steps Foundations has secured Dennis a full season in the Formula 1 support series as well as two LMP2 drives at the 6 hours of Spa and the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours with the successful Jota's European Le Mans Series squad who is preparing to move up to the WEC in next year.

Arden and Jota Sport recently forged an alliance to work together by allowing its drivers to switch between the single-seaters and sportscar disciplines.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me, an absolute win-win situation for sure," Dennis said, who recently tested with Arden in Abu Dhabi. "Not only do I get to take another step up the single-seater ladder with one of the top teams in GP3 but I also get my first taste of endurance racing with a Le Mans LMP2 class-winning team as well.

"I can't thank the RSF, Arden and Jota Sport enough for setting this up for me. The chances it gives me to showcase what I'm capable of in front of probably the two biggest audiences in motorsport will be invaluable as I progress my career."

Arden's general manager Julian Rouse says he is thrilled to hand Dennis a packed racing schedule for 2016 and his confident the Brit will thrive in the different disciplines.

"This programme for Jake is exactly what Arden and Jota have joined together to create and we are delighted that our partnership is benefiting a driver of his calibre," Rouse said. "There is a long term plan for Jake that we are all working towards and it is great that the Racing Steps Foundation shares the same vision as us. We are very thankful of that.

"Judging by how well Jake has already integrated into the team, together with his performance on track in Abu Dhabi, it is going to be an exciting season ahead."