Fred Martin-Dye, one of the UK’s most highly rated single-seater racers, is delighted to confirm a return to the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain for 2013 after agreeing a coveted works deal with Fluid Motorsport to pilot a brand new Sinter EcoBoost chassis.
The Guildford 24-year-old, known as ‘Fast Fred’ in motorsport circles, will embark on his first full campaign in the prestigious category and is aiming to build on the podium success he enjoyed in the part-season he contested last year.
New for 2013 in Formula Ford is the addition of aerodynamic wings to the front and rear of the EcoBoost 200 cars which debuted last year. Moving the championship more in line with the subsequent rungs on the single-seater ladder towards the FIA Formula One World Championship, such as Formula 3, GP3 Series and GP2 Series, Fred is relishing the challenge.
Notably, the Surrey racer will compete this year in support of leading national charity the Amber Foundation, an inspirational organisation which helps disadvantaged and unemployed young people gain motivation, confidence and skills to help improve their life chances. As part of its work, Amber provides vital accommodation and employment opportunities.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have signed a deal with Fluid to race the brand new Sinter chassis this year and I’m really looking forward to getting out there and building on everything we achieved last season”, commented Fred, “It’s fantastic to have the support of Amber and I’ll be doing all I can through my racing to help promote the incredible work the charity does for the disadvantaged.”
Despite having undertaken a five year sabbatical from motorsport prior to last year’s part-season in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, in order to give full focus to a Masters Degree in Automotive Engineering at the University of Bath, Fred showed no rustiness on his return.
Although only contesting the first half of the 2012 campaign, the car racing newcomer more than made an impact and managed to secure a maiden podium in only his second Formula Ford race at Oulton Park in Cheshire. At the point Fred’s part-season reached its conclusion, he was the highest placed rookie in the championship and in the top three of the overall standings.
“We really weren’t sure what to expect last year, especially after such a long time away from racing, but I was quietly confident we could take some good results”, added Fred, “Everything is new again this year with the addition of the wings, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge. With the added bonus of live TV coverage, it should be a fantastic season.”
Martin-Dye aiming to make more headlines in 2013
Lighting-up the karting world during his formative career, where highlights included being crowned 2000 Super 1 National Cadet Vice-Champion, 2003 Super 1 National Formula JICA Vice-Champion and 2004 Super 1 National Formula ICA Vice-Champion, Fred then made history as the youngest ever racer to be invited onto the exclusive British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star programme.
Off the track, as well as on it, ‘Fast Fred’ has long been making headlines and in 2002 he became the first youngster to be awarded a motor racing scholarship to Cranleigh School in Surrey. Famously, he made the national news when just seven years-old after his father, Phil, placed a £1,000 wager with bookmaker William Hill stating his son would win an F1 Grand Prix by the time he was 27-years-old.
Fred’s racing this year will be beamed live across the UK on Freeview, digital satellite and cable channels ITV4 and ITV4 HD, by way of Formula Ford having become part of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship support package. His exploits will be witnessed by a total TV audience of almost 20 million in Britain alone, in addition to tens of thousands more trackside each weekend.
Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent will host the season-opening event over Easter Weekend, 30th/31st March, with the championship then taking in visits to Donington Park, Thruxton, Oulton Park, Croft, Snetterton, Knockhill in Scotland, Rockingham and Silverstone ahead of the 2013 finale at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on 12th/13th October.