Former Irish young driver of the year Cian Carey has signed his first professional contract to compete in the Michelin Le Mans Cup with Italian outfit TS Corse.

The 26-year-old from Co Meath is making the move to endurance racing this coming season after three hugely successful years in Formula 3, where he won back-to-back British F3 titles. 

Carey will take on a new challenge of racing a prototype LMP3 car, sharing it with Italian teammate Pietro Peccenini.

Over the past few months Carey has been working hard to make the step up to professional motorsport on the international stage with the support of his management team Matt Griffin, who works with Ferrari, and John Clare, CEO of Artemis lsg.

Le Mans is one of the biggest championships in the world and Carey will be competing against many of the sport's top drivers.

"I'm absolutely delighted to receive my first professional contract. It’s been an incredibly busy few months and it’s just brilliant to be getting such an incredible opportunity," said Carey.

"I travelled to Italy last week to meet the team and to do a final evaluation which went really well. TS Corse are a very professional operation and I’m really looking forward to working with them."

The Le Mans Cup takes place in some of the world’s most iconic race venues including Monza and Spa.

The 2021 season gets underway on 17 April in Barcelona with the headline race of the year in Le Mans in August - the biggest event in world motorsport.

All races will be televised live on YouTube on the Michelin Le Mans Cup page.