ALEX Lynn is preparing to start a new challenge this weekend.

The 20-year-old from Dunmow will begin the 2014 GP3 Series with the Carlin team at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, knowing a strong display this year could lead to a potential move into Formula One.

Lynn finished third in the European Formula Three Championship in 2013 and ended the year with an impressive win at the Macau Grand Prix.

Those performances led to him joining the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme at the end of last year – the same route taken into F1 by drivers such as four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.