Aston Martin GT3 squad R-Motorsport has signed FIA Formula 2 race winner Luca Ghiotto to its SRO GT World Challenge Europe driver lineup for next year.
The Swiss outfit announced on Friday that the 24-year-old Italian will undertake a “comprehensive” race program in the second-gen Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
It will mark Ghiotto’s first full season in sports cars off the back of an almost exclusive single-seater upbringing that also included spells in GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5.
Ghiotto is currently nearing the end of his fourth campaign in Formula 2 (previously known as GP2) and is second in the standings behind Nicholas Latifi and Nyck de Vries.
R-Motorsport has yet to confirm its full lineup for 2020, but team principal Dr. Florian Kamelger hinted that Ghiotto will feature prominently in its European GT3 roster.
“Luca has proved his great talent already in GP3 and Formula 2 with victories and top results on various final championship tables,” said Kamelger.
“He is a highly valued addition for our team and it will be exciting working with him in the future.”
Ghiotto raced a sports car for the first time last month when he suited up for Team LNT to drive a Ginetta LMP1 car in the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Fuji.
During that event, he suggested to Sportscar365 that a high-profile career in endurance racing would be “more achievable” than his initial aim of competing in Formula 1.
“R-Motorsport is one of the absolute top teams in international GT sport,” said Ghiotto following the news of his 2020 program.
“My comprehensive race program in two GT3 top racing series will be a real challenge for me.
“The change from single-seater racing into a professional GT3 team like R-Motorsport is an important career step for me and offers a new perspective for my future in the sport.
“I am looking forward to working together with the team and can’t wait to start into my first GT3 long-distance race in 2020.”