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Bart Hylkema will become a member of the British Formula 3 International Class field at Paul Ricard this weekend, opting to switch to the top echelon of the category at the French venue. The T-Sport driver told GPUpdate.net after the first handful of races that his 'priority is to win the Rookie Class' this season, but after considering the opportunity, the Dutchman has decided to make the make the step up earlier than originally planned.
"I’ve wanted to do this for a little while now," Hylkema, who will now drive an up-to-date Volkswagen-powered Dallara chassis, explained. "After discussing it with my family, manager, my sponsors and the team, we’re all agreed this is the perfect time to make the move and I want to thank them very much for making this possible.
"It really is a very exciting step and one I’m sure will be the right decision. There are 15 races left this year so we have plenty of time to work on understanding the A-class car and how to get the most from it. It would have been nice to go on and, hopefully, to win the Rookie Class title but this step is much better for my development as a driver and much more important for my career as a whole.
"Since the start of the season I’ve learned a lot and I feel this is the right time to take that knowledge and move things up a level. If you want to be the best you can, you have to race the best."
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