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Swiss rising star Fabio Scherer will graduate to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2018 with Team Motopark.

The 18-year-old was a race winner and regular podium finisher in this year’s ADAC F4 Championship, impressing many with his race craft and speed. Moving up to the F3 category marks the next exciting step in Fabio’s career and it’s a challenge he is relishing.

“I definitely feel I’m ready to move into F3 and I can’t wait for the season to start,” he said. “It’s going to be a big progression in terms of the drivers I will face and needing to learn a new, faster car but I am happy with that.

“It’s an important step in my career – F3 can decide your future in motorsport. I have to make next year count and go for the best results I can. But I’m ready for that challenge.”

Founded in 1998, Motopark has an impressive pedigree in F3. The Oschersleben-based team has won ten championships and taken 78 race victories in the category and has worked with current F1 drivers Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas in the past.

It guided Sweden’s Joel Eriksson to second place in this year’s European drivers’ championship and also secured third place in the teams’ series in 2017.

“It’s nice to be joining a team with Motopark’s record and it feels quite comfortable with them already,” Fabio explained. “It’s a bigger team than I’ve been used to before and it’s a good feeling to have so many people supporting me and helping my career to go further.”

Fabio, who is sponsored by Stobag, Eterna Watches and ATS Banding, has already tested Motopark’s F3 car successfully.

Team Motopark team principal, Timo Rumpfkeil, said: “We have been following Fabio’s career very closely in F4 and he impressed us a lot this season. We tried to get him into our ADAC F4 team this year but Fabio chose to go in another direction which was fine. As soon as his season was finished though, we got back in touch with Fabio to see whether we could become a partnership in 2018.

“He has a huge amount of potential in motorsport and we’re very pleased that he’s chosen to join Motopark and that we will have the chance to help him develop in 2018. Winning the Rookie championship and races is definitely the target with Fabio next season.”

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