HOBART racing car driver Josh Burdon has landed a contract to compete in the European Nascar touring series.
Burdon has signed on for three years with the French-based Scorpus racing team after making a big impression on manager Alain Veyssiere in a short visit last year.
Burdon drove in four races and was on the podium twice for Scorpus in the final rounds of the 2012 championship.
The 20-year-old said he felt privileged and excited about being given the opportunity to be a professional driver.
``I learnt a lot about myself in the short time I was in France and Spain last year and to be offered a three-year contract with the team is really exciting for me,'' Burdon said.
``It is something dreams are made of and it's good to see the work starting to pay off.''
Burdon caught the eye of Scorpus team management in his first race when he started in 22nd position and finished third despite poor weather conditions.
According to Veyssiere, the excitement over Burdon's return is shared around the Scorpus racing team.
He said Burdon had integrated easily into the team and brought with him good humour and professionalism.
Scorpus took out the open division of the 2012 European Nascar series in its debut season and in 2013 will expand to have three cars on the grid.
Burdon will get his first taste of the new season in an official test day at Nogaro in France on March 18 before competition gets under way at the same track on March 31.
There will be further rounds in Spain, Italy and England before the series comes to an end at Le Mans in October.