The Racing Steps Foundation, a UK-based group that funds promising young British drivers is to bring Oliver Turvey and James Calado into GP2 and British Formula 3 respectively next season.
Formula Renault 3.5 racer Turvey, who won the 2006 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award and currently lies fifth in the Renault championship for Carlin Motorsport, will race for front-running squad iSport in the forthcoming GP2 Asia Series, ahead of a full year in the main series next season.
Turvey tested for the team at the recent three-day Jerez GP2 test and set the seventh-fastest time.
Formula Renault UK runner-up Calado will race in British F3 for top team Carlin, which has won the past two championships with Torro Rosso Formula 1 driver Jaime Alguersuari and Red Bull junior driver Daniel Ricciardo. Calado has reportedly impressed team boss Trevor Carlin with his pace and feedback during initial tests at Pembrey and Rockingham.
RSF founder Graham Sharp said: "Both Oliver and James have consistently demonstrated their exceptional talent and I have no hesitation in extending RSF support to them in 2010. Again we have chosen top teams to partner in this initiative and we look forward to working with iSport in GP2."
The RSF has also confirmed that Jack Harvey will complete a second season in the F1-supporting Formula BMW Europe series next year, with Fortec Motorsport. Harvey finished seventh in the championship this season – his first in auto racing – after scoring his first win at Zandvoort in June.