The W Series has announced Britain-based Hitech GP as the team to handle the operational side of the championship.

The inaugural all-female series in 2019 will feature just the one team which has been mandated to manage all the cars, the drivers and also the mechanics with Britain-based Hitech GP given the full responsibility.

The W Series starts in May next year as a support event to DTM in six venues. The series will use the Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 cars with a list of 55 qualifiers already announced which will be truncated to 18 for the debut year.

W Series’ Racing Director, Dave Ryan said: “We are delighted to partner with such a professional and ambitious team – it will be a critical part of our success as, together, we continue to prepare for our first season next year.”

The announment means the series will not run under the team vs team but solely as a driver vs driver format – like it happens in all the single-make championships. The team will prepare, ship and handle all the trackside requirements.

Hitech GP team owner, Oliver Oakes added: “With so much experience of racing today’s F3 cars, we feel we are the ideal partner for W Series, but, beyond that, it’s great to be able to support more females into motorsport, both behind the wheel and in the pit garages and workshops too.”

W Series CEO, Catherine Bond Muir said: “This is a significant step towards our first race in May next year and for us all at W Series the dream is now very real.” Dan Hodder will lead the programme with around 50 staff with him.