Joey Mawson has joined Arden for his GP3 debut in the 2018 season, completing its line-up alongside Gabriel Aubry and Julien Falchero.

The Australian makes the step up from the Formula 3 European Championship, and becomes just the second racer from his country to compete in the category after Mitchell Gilbert, who drove for Trident and Carlin in 2014 and 2015.

Mawson claimed one podium in 30 races for Van Amersfoort in 2017, finishing third at the Nurburgring alongside 13 other points finishes.

He also claimed 15 victories for the Dutch outfit in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship, finishing third overall in 2015 before winning the drivers’ championship two years’ ago.

The 21-year-old has also finished as runner-up in the BRDC Formula 3 Autumn Trophy and MRF Challenge.

“It’s great news that Joey has joined Arden for the 2018 season,” team manager Richard Dent said.

“This is a fantastic addition to the team this year and his career results have been impressive.”

Mawson added that he was relishing the opportunity to visit the same tracks as F1 countryman Daniel Ricciardo.

“To be able to race on the same schedule as F1 is something that I’m thoroughly looking forward to,” he said.

“I’m focused on putting everything that I learnt into practice to assist me in gaining more success in 2018.”

This appointment leaves just two teams with vacancies to fill for the upcoming campaign, with an empty position at Trident and MP.

Drivers for the 2018 GP3 grid:

ART: Anthoine Hubert, Jake Hughes, Callum Ilott, Nikita Mazepin

Trident: Giuliano Alesi, Alessio Lorandi, Ryan Tveter

Jenzer: David Beckmann, Tatiana Calderon, Juan Manuel Correa

Arden: Gabriel Aubry, Julien Falchero, Joey Mawson

Campos: Simo Laaksonen, Diego Menchaca, Leonardo Pulcini

MP: Dorian Boccolacci, Niko Kari