Australian Formula 3 driver Calan Williams will fly to the UK after the next round of the series in the hope of securing a EuroFormula seat with Fortec Motorsport.
Williams, who has enjoyed two thumping pole positions and three race wins during the first two rounds of the Formula 3 Australian Premier Series, is set to spend time with the team and its renowned engineer Mick Kouros.
The 16-year-old is aiming for a drive with Fortec in EuroFormula in 2018, a Formula 3 championship which races across Europe.
“Our plan, at the moment, is to race in EuroFormula Open next season,” said Williams.
“We've looked through a few of the key contenders, and Fortec really stood out for us, particularly with Mick Kouros involved.
“Through our research we were really, really impressed with Fortec's driver development programme as well, it seems like a real focus for the team. Between that and their performance, it looks very promising.
“I'm heading over to meet up with Mick and have a look at how they operate.
“I'm not going to drive a car at this stage, because we want to focus on what we're doing here in Australia, but it's a great opportunity to see how it all works, meet the guys at the team, and have a good think about the 2018 season.”
Williams currently sits second in the 2017 Gold Star standings in his F3 debut season.
He took pole by more than a second and won the opening race in Round 1 at Morgan Park before a coming-together with Gilmour Racing team-mate Chris Gilmour brought a premature end to his weekend in Race 2.
In Round 2 at Mallala, Williams broke the qualifying record as he again lapped a second faster than the rest of the field, before winning two of the three races.
“The car is absolutely awesome to drive,” Williams said of his Dallara F3 after making the step up from state level Formula Ford.
“The aero makes it so different to anything else I've ever raced, but I'm enjoying it a lot. It's all about trusting the aero and the tyres.
“I didn't come into the season with any expectations in terms of results. My aim was obviously to be at the front and going quick, but I didn't have expectations because this is a learning year.
“It's perhaps a little surprising to be so competitive so early, but I'm really happy about it.”
Round 3 of the Australian F3 Premier Series will take place at Sydney Motorsport Park on June 30-July 2, after which Williams flies to the UK for his meeting with Fortec.