Palmerston North's 16-year old Brendon Hartley has confirmed he's been selected for a second season with the Red Bull Junior Team to contest two European race championships.
With one race remaining in his first year racing outside New Zealand, Hartley will re-contest the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup class along with the Italian championship in 2007. He will also switch teams to join Epsilon in the New Year.
"Racing next year is one thing, but racing for Epsilon - for me is very positive. It'll be pretty much the same -like this year, except I am in a better position to win!" commented Hartley from his German base.
Hartley says his first season was never about winning, but learning - although he's been left with a clear message on the expected result for 2007.
Part of the move will also see the then 17-year old move to Fuschl in Austria - adjacent to the Red Bull training centre.
With the confirmation of his second European season, Hartley also revealed Renault rules will prevent him from contesting the intended Toyota Racing Series International series. With Renault demanding a ban on driving from 31st December 2006, all drivers signed to the category have to heed the directive.
"Yes, I'm a little annoyed. It would have been nice to do it," he added.