Bury St Edmunds race ace Matt Parry has agreed terms to race with the Koiranen GP squad in 2016.
Parry will have familiarity in his arsenal as he chases the GP3 series title, after re-signing for the team which gave him his debut in the category this season.
The Welshman, who has enjoyed success at every step on the single-seater ladder, built on an impressive end-of-year test with Koiranen in 2014 to run at the front of the field in his maiden season in the F1 feeder series.
He found his way to the podium in round three, in front of a partisan Silverstone crowd at the British Grand Prix.
Further podium finishes followed in Hungary and Bahrain on his way to an eventual eighth-place finish out of 31 drivers in the standings.
Returning to the Koiranen line-up will now allow Parry to build on relationships within the team that stretch back beyond his initial GP3 test to a time when the Barcelona-based team ran him in occasional Formula Renault outings.
Parry said: “I can skip the part where driver and team have to get to know each other and get straight down to work.
“GP3 lived up to my expectations as a very competitive series, but already knowing what each of us require should allow for a flying start once the 2016 campaign gets underway.
“Having completed the 2015 season, I am now familiar with all the circuits we race on, so that will also give me a head-start on what I hope will be a tilt at the championship title.
“We don’t know who else is returning from the 2015 season, but I can’t worry about that.
“I know what I am capable of with the Koiranen team, and we both look forward to turning that into race wins and a lot of points second time around.
“The championship title can be my only goal for 2016 and I am already looking forward to getting my head down and working towards that.
“Getting this deal sewn up so early means that we are already ahead of the field and I intend for it to stay that way.”
The 2016 GP3 Series – which enjoys extensive coverage on the Sky Sports F1 channel in the UK – is expected to kick off at Sochi Autodrom in Russia on May 1, but the full schedule has yet to be confirmed.
Parry will retain the backing of Sport Wales, as well as the patronage of both the MSA’s Team UK programme and the BRDC’s SuperStars scheme.