Roger I'AnsonSecond generation driver Roger I’Anson seems to like jumping into the deep end.

After all, he confirmed today that he will make his debut in the Formula 3 Australian Driver’s Championship for the CAMS Gold Star at Queensland Raceway next week against the strongest and largest F3 grid for the season.

And then he’ll rebound the following week at Oran Park against a grid that is hoped will be even stronger again.

It’s a big way to make a big splash on debut in Australia’s quickest cars – but it looks like the South Australian driver has what it takes.

I’Anson, 20, will drive the #7 R-Tek Motorsport Dallara F303 Spiess chassis in the F3 National Class after original R-Tek driver Jesse Wakeman was forced to withdraw after the most recent round due to a sponsorship shortfall.

I’anson’s father, Ken, was a strong Sports Sedan competitor during his racing days and their family’s knack for driving quickly has clearly been passed on; Roger showing strong performances across a series of state level Formula Ford campaigns, both in South Australia and interstate, recently.

The South Aussie youngster from the Riverland township of Berri will graduate to ‘Wings and Slicks’ racing next week after an introductory test with Team BRM earlier this year was followed by a strong 70-lap run at Mallala today driving the R-Tek Machine.

I’Anson will be sponsored by Gawler Farm Machinery and Ken’s Exhaust Systems, Berri.

“I’m really excited about joining R-Tek Motorsport and the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship for the next two rounds,” I’Anson said.

“It’s a great category – it is clearly the best option for young drivers who want to go somewhere in their careers. It’s so much more affordable than going overseas and I can’t wait to join it.

“It sounds like the second half of the year is shaping up to be even more competitive so it will be a good challenge. I’m hoping to go well.

“The test day was good. It was all about getting me comfortable in the car ahead of going to Queensland and I think we achieved that. It’s a big learning experience but I think things are going well so far so I’m looking forward to getting up there and racing next week.

“We will be doing the test day at Oran Park prior to the round which will give me a good leg up for that track, which is very technical,” I’Anson added.

“I’m looking forward to racing and am thankful to Ian Richards from R-Tek and James Rosenberg from Gawler Farm Machinery for putting the deal together.”

I’Anson will contest the sixth and seventh rounds of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers championship, the two rounds critical to the championship fight this year. The Queensland hit out will mark the series’ first visit to the Ipswich circuit since 2006 and the first with the current-specification, F307-spec Dallara cars that have smashed outright and F3 lap records around Australia.

A strong contingent of local drivers will feature against the best of this year’s F3ADC with two races to be held Sunday in support of the V8 supercar event.

The championship will then return to the Shannons Nationals the following week for the final ever National Championship event to be held at the iconic Oran Park circuit, near Narellan, in Sydney’s South Western Suburbs.

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