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Shahaan EngineerShahaan Engineer continued to deliver an exceptional standard during the latest Certina Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship test of the pre-season at Oulton Park Island Circuit this week, the single-seater rookie ending both days third fastest – a mere fraction shy of the outright pace.

On Tuesday, 13th March, the 16-year-old Fortec Motorsports racer built further on the superb progress made at Snetterton in Norfolk last week. After choosing to sit out the first session, he took to the Oulton Park circuit – his first ever run on the 2.23 mile configuration – in the second morning run and, with very old tyres, lapped in 1m20.479 seconds (120.42mph).

With new rubber for the first afternoon outing he improved to 1m18.195 seconds (122.80mph) and then in the fourth and final session of the day, the young Indian posted a quickest time of 1m17.811 seconds (124.54mph).

Ultimately placing him third fastest overall, only 0.188 seconds shy of the top of the timesheets, he did have a chance on his final lap of the day to post the best time of anyone. Producing the quickest first sector, the smallest of errors in sector two proved costly so he had to settle for third fastest.

“It felt quite frustrating not to have ended the first day fastest, we were on course to do that but I made a small mistake on my last lap and that made the difference”, explained Shahaan, “It was a very good day for us overall but you always want to be quickest if you can. The car was working really well, we had a different engine from the one damaged at Snetterton and it all felt good.”

Shahaan was never out of the top three all day on Wednesday, 14th March, and was actually second fastest in two of the day’s four sessions, which were shared with slower cars from the InterSteps and Formula Ford championships.

Beginning day two with a best lap of 1m18.564 seconds (102.00mph), a session in which he sat atop the times for a large chunk of the 55-minute period until others elected to take new tyres, Shahaan improved to 1m18.395 seconds (102.22mph) in session two to go second quickest.

Session three proved pleasing and frustrating in equal measure. The Formula Renault 2.0 UK racer set consistently impressive times once again but was prevented from snatching the top spot when the session was red flagged. He concluded the run third fastest with a time of 1m18.417 seconds (102.19mph), only 0.1 seconds away from the head of the timing screens.

Rounding out the afternoon with another top two performance in the final run, posting his quickest lap of the day of 1m17.947 seconds (102.80mph), Shahaan concluded Wednesday third overall once again and within just over 0.2 seconds of the outright pace.

“Day two was good again for us, we were very consistent and always challenging in the top two or three so I’m quite happy with that”, he added, “We’re definitely moving in the right direction and the team is very happy with what we’ve achieved so far, that’s always what you want to hear. It’s been a good couple of days, now on to Brands Hatch next week!”

Officially timed pre-season testing continues on Monday, 19th March, and Tuesday, 20th March, at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent which will also be the venue for the first two rounds of the Certina Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship on 31st March/1st April.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Seb MorrisSeb Morris, the reigning Ginetta Junior Champion, has confirmed his switch to single-seater racing for 2012. He has signed a deal with front-running team Fortec Motorsports to contest the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship, the recently announced Renault GP Cup and also including a comprehensive testing programme later in the year in preparation for his 2013 campaign.

Since wrapping-up the Ginetta Junior title last October after a thoroughly dominant season, the Marford teenager, a member of the MSA (Motor Sports Association) Academy, has been conducting a series of winter tests in both Formula Renault BARC and Formula Renault UK machinery.

Having considered a switch to Formula Renault UK, it was felt the Protyre Formula Renault BARC calendar fitted more neatly with the 16-year-old’s GCSE commitments at The King’s School, Chester.

The Renault GP Cup, announced last month, is a replacement for the previously planned ‘Formula Junior Class’ in Formula Renault UK. Drivers registered for Formula Renault BARC will be eligible to race alongside their Formula Renault UK counterparts, albeit in a separate class, during the final three race meetings of the UK season at Silverstone, Rockingham and Brands Hatch.

In addition to his race deal with Fortec, the plan is for Morris to enjoy prime testing opportunities with the Daventry squad later in 2012 in Formula Renault UK, Eurocup Formula Renault and British Formula 3 International Series cars.

“I’m relishing the chance to race and test with Fortec for my first year in single-seaters”, he said, “Formula Renault BARC is the ideal place to be. We had to factor in my school commitments, as it’s such an important year for my GCSEs. Being in the BARC Championship also gives me the chance to take part in three of the Formula Renault UK weekends in the new Renault GP Cup.

“Fortec’s record across so many championships speaks for itself and we plan to test in other cars, such as Eurocup Formula Renault and Formula 3, later in the year.”

Morris added: “I also want to take this chance to say a huge thank you to everyone at Hillspeed [Morris’ 2010 and 2011 team in Ginetta Junior] for their professionalism and support over the last couple of years, guiding me to the Winter Series title in 2010 and the main Ginetta Junior title last year. I wish them all well with their plans for 2012.”

Contested over an expanded 14 rounds this year, with the introduction of two triple-header events for the first time in the category’s history, the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship will commence on Easter weekend, 7th/8th April, at Snetterton in Norfolk.

Concluding six months later on 6th/7th October at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, the final two rounds will run in support of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. The Renault GP Cup, meanwhile, will begin on 8th/9th September at Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit (supporting British F3) before travelling to Rockingham on 22nd/23rd September (supporting BTCC) and Brands Hatch on 20th/21st October (supporting BTCC).

Seb Morris – Driver Profile
Age: 16
Date of Birth: 30th November 1995
Lives: Marford, Wrexham
Nationality: Welsh
Occupation: GCSE Pupil/Racing Driver
Sponsors: Liberty Propeties, Legat Owen

Championship Titles, Accolades and Career Highlights
2012 MSA (Motor Sports Association) Academy member
2011 WRDA Welsh Young Driver of the Year
2011 Ginetta Junior Champion – 11 wins and 16 podiums from 20 races
2010 Ginetta Junior Winter Series Champion – two wins and one second place from four races
2010 Dragon Master Mini Max Karting Champion
2009 Dragon Kart Club Mini Max Champion
2008 W60 Comer Cadet ‘Triple Crown’ Winner – Cheshire Kart Club Champion, Manchester & Buxton Kart Club Champion, Dragon Kart Club Champion; also UK Ace of Clubs Champion

Photo by Team SMR Limited

Alice PowellChipping Norton racer, Alice Powell, will be on Sky Sports News on the 8th of March, in aid of International Women’s Day. The 19 year old will be talking about her career so far, plans for the future and also what it is like to be a woman in a male dominated sport.

The interview will also feature Alice coaching young female karters, at her karting school at the Formula Fast Indoor Kart track in Banbury. Alice has also recently finished filming with Sky Sports F1 reporter, Natalie Pinkham, on a short programme, not only about her career, but fitness in the sport too. This will be shown on the brand new Sky Sports F1 channel (launching on the 9th March), yet the date for it to be shown has not yet been set.

It is not yet known what Alice will be racing in this year, as funding is not yet in place. There is a wide range of packages offered to those who wish to help fund Alice this year, so if you would like to support Alice through sponsorship, please visit www.alice-powell.com or email info@alice-powell.com.

Josh WebsterTeam UK’s Josh Webster will graduate to the main Certina Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship for the 2012 season after today, Thursday, 16th February, finalising a deal to remain with experienced race-winning squad Mark Burdett Motorsport.

The Stowmarket teenager delivered an impressive performance on his debut in a current specification FR 2.0 car when driving for the Skegness squad during the six-round Formula Renault UK ‘Finals Series’ last November – finishing an excellent third overall in the driver standings.

Having concluded the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship as Vice-Champion just a month earlier, taking three wins and six other podiums from 12 races, Josh’s ability, determination and focus over the past 12 months have seen him gain a strong foothold in single-seater racing.

“We’ve been working so hard to try and put together a deal to race in Formula Renault UK this year so I’m happy we’ve been able to agree something with Mark Burdett”, said Josh, “The team did a great job for me in the Finals Series last year and together we showed we’ve got what it takes to run at the front in Formula Renault UK.

“I have to say a big thank you to all of my sponsors, especially James Palmer of Nine Telecom, Graham McMullen and David Marsden of Admiral Managed Networks and Pas Ruggiero of Integra ICT, for continuing to support me and helping us to finalise a great drive for 2012. This is going to be such an important year for my career, particularly as I’ll be representing Team UK and the MSA, so I’ll be giving it everything.”

Speaking on behalf of the team, Mark Burdett commented: “We were very impressed with Josh in the Finals Series last year, he did a very good job and the top priority for us this season was to try and sort out a deal with him. We’re delighted he’s with us, we’ve all got a great working relationship with Josh and the aim is to try and fight for the championship – that’s why we’re here!”

Renowned as one of the most important junior single-seater categories in the world, the Certina Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship has produced some of motorsport’s greatest names since its inception in 1989 and is a true ante-chamber to the world of Formula One.

FIA Formula One World Champions Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton are both past winners of the Formula Renault UK title, while fellow Grand Prix stars Paul Di Resta and Heikki Kovalainen also came through the championship en-route to F1.

For the first time in the history of Formula Renault UK, this year’s championship will feature three races at each meeting – bringing the category in-line with the format employed by the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series.

Beginning at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit over the weekend 31st March/1st April, as part of the British Touring Car Championship package, the season will take in visits to Donington Park, Thruxton, Oulton Park, Snetterton, Rockingham and the finale at Brands Hatch GP Circuit on 20th/21st October.

Away from the seven BTCC support dates, Formula Renault UK will visit Zandvoort in The Netherlands in mid-July where it will run alongside the prestigious Formula 3 Masters event. In early September, the championship will also support British F3 at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Shahaan Engineer - Formula RenaultIndian teenager Shahaan Engineer is delighted to officially confirm his participation in the 2012 Certina Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship after agreeing a deal with multiple title winning team Fortec Motorsports.

Remaining with the Daventry-based squad for his first full year of car racing competition, having debuted with Fortec last November in the six round Protyre Formula Renault 2.0 UK ‘Finals Series’, the 16-year-old will be one of the youngest and least experienced drivers in the ultra-competitive championship which begins on 31st March/1st April at Brands Hatch in Kent.

Currently competing in New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series to gain essential mileage and seat time ahead of the main 2012 Formula Renault UK season, Shahaan is relishing the chance to continue his relationship with Fortec.

Utterly dominant last year, winning the driver and team Formula Renault UK titles, the Richard Dutton-led squad will provide the Indian with the best schooling possible in a championship which has produced the likes of FIA Formula One World Champions Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton.

“It’s fantastic to be back racing with Fortec this year in Formula Renault UK”, said Shahaan, “There’s no doubt it’s the best team in the championship and I can’t wait for pre-season testing to start. It’ll be an unbelievably tough season, it’s such a competitive championship, but by racing with the best drivers and being with the champion team I’ll be able to learn a huge amount.”

Dubai-domiciled Shahaan only started his motor racing career in 2008 when he took the UAE karting scene by storm. In his first race in the Middle East Karting Cup, aged only 12, the young rookie took a superb victory by six seconds – a massive margin in karting terms.

Debuting in Europe only two months later, he ran in the top order immediately against experienced drivers two and three years his senior. In 2010, Shahaan arrived in the UK to compete in the Formula One Management-backed Formula Kart Stars series and starred on his debut – qualifying third and finishing fifth on his first weekend, the youngster’s talent was clear to see.

Last year, the decision to rapidly progress into single-seater car racing was taken. Making a huge impression on the Fortec Motorsports squad during his first ever test in a Formula Renault BARC car at the challenging Oulton Park, so impressive was his performance Shahaan was advised to forego the club-level series and debut instead in the full national-level Formula Renault UK series.

Joining Fortec for the winter ‘Finals Series’, the debutant qualified an outstanding eighth out of 29 competitors during his maiden session and went on to take five strong points-scoring results from the six races contested.

“Shahaan’s had a successful career in karting and his performances in the Finals Series demonstrated that he is more than capable of having a strong season with us”, said Fortec’s Formula Renault UK team manager Alex Fleming, “Although still very young, he is extremely focused and I’m sure that his hard work will pay off this season.”

Shahaan has one event remaining in the Toyota Racing Series, next weekend (11th/12th February) at Manfeild Autocourse in New Zealand. From there, he will return to the UK in readiness for his testing programme with Fortec ahead of the 2012 Certina Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship season.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Alice PowellAlice has been selected as A BRDC rising star for a second year running, due to her achievements in 2011. Aged 24 and under, the BRDC Rising Stars are very much the future of the Club, today. Scouted from trackside, the BRDC Rising Stars are in effect ‘Junior Members’ of the Club, all taking their motor racing very seriously and all aiming for a professional career within the sport.

Lewis Hamilton and Alex Lloyd are just two success stories from the Rising Star scheme, so the BRDC Rising Star panellist, has a proven track record of selecting only the best of individuals.

18 year-old Alice is the 2010 Formula Renault BARC Champion scoring two wins, seven podiums and two pole positions and finished runner up in the 2011 MRF Championship in India. Speaking about being selected, Alice commented “I am extremely pleased to be selected again and would like to thank the BRDC for this opportunity and also everyone who has helped me last year, giving me the chance to be on the scheme again”.

However, it is not yet known what Alice will be racing in this year, as funding is not yet in place. There is a wide range of packages offered to those who wish to help fund Alice this year, so if you would like to support Alice through sponsorship, please visit www.alice-powell.com or email info@alice-powell.com.

Shahaan EngineerMumbai-born Shahaan Engineer has underlined his position as India’s best young hope for a future career in the FIA Formula One World Championship after making a major impression on the Formula Renault UK Championship’s six race ‘Finals Series’.

Undertaking his car racing debut in what has widely been regarded as the most competitive Finals Series (formerly the Winter Series) in the category’s history, the 16-year-old karting graduate was the only single-seater rookie and the youngest driver on the near-capacity 29-car grid at Snetterton (5/6 November) and Rockingham (12 November) but shone with a series of excellent performances.

Joining Formula Renault UK’s top team Fortec Motorsports for his maiden campaign, Shahaan picked up his pace throughout testing ahead of the first four rounds of the Finals Series at Snetterton 300 Circuit and stunned the paddock in his maiden qualifying session with the eighth fastest time.

In spite of an unfortunate grid penalty for rounds one and two, due to yellow flags being shown at the time he set his best lap, Shahaan raced through the order brilliantly and outperformed drivers with experience of Formula Renault UK, Eurocup Formula Renault, Formula BMW and Formula Ford.

Serving up tremendous overtaking moves in horrendous wet conditions, far belying his inexperience, the talented Indian newcomer finished 13th in his first race – out of 29 competitors – and then took 14th place in race two.

During rounds three and four on the second day at Snetterton, he secured a pair of top 12 finishes to cap a superb first ever weekend in cars. More than that, both results were achieved despite starting way down the order in an uncharacteristic 26th position in each instance due to missing the entirety of the second qualifying session because of a faulty wiring loom.

Moving on to the incredibly challenging Rockingham International Super Sports Car Circuit this past weekend for rounds five and six, Shahaan quickly got up to speed once more with qualifying again taking place in tough, damp conditions along with the added complication of early fog.

Racing through to 14th position in the first race to post his fifth points-scoring finish from five starts, Shahaan eclipsed all of his previous outings in the last round of the championship by climbing his way into ninth place and on course for a truly memorable conclusion to the Finals Series.

India’s freshest motor racing star on fast track to success…
Matching podium finishing pace, the teenager lapped with a best time of 1m17.955 seconds as he reeled in the cars ahead but on lap 14 – with only three further laps remaining in the race – Shahaan was unfortunately punished heavily for the smallest of errors with a disappointing retirement.

Building in confidence all the time and eager to push for an even better result than ninth, at the exit of the fifth corner he just caught one of the remaining damp patches on the track and was powerless to prevent his car spinning off onto the infield.

“I just pushed a bit too hard trying to catch the cars in front”, he said after round six, “I wanted a bit more than ninth place as the pace was really good and I felt really comfortable with the car. The adrenaline rush was tremendous as I realised I had just a few laps left with a top 10 in hand.

“I was confident of catching the three cars in front but I just caught the damp patch and spun. It’s a real shame but it’s still been a very strong and positive weekend. Overall I’m really happy with what we’ve achieved in such a short space of time over the last two weekends, it’s been fantastic.”

So impressive has the young Indian’s debut car racing campaign been, Fortec Motorsports has declared its desire to sign Shahaan to a contract for the main 2012 season which is expected to get underway in Britain at the beginning of April.

Team owner Richard Dutton commented: “Shahaan did an amazing job and showed true race spirit in his first few races in a race car, we look forward to learning more of what Shahaan can show us and are happy to continue into 2012 with him.”

Perhaps most impressive of all though is the fact in 12 days of testing and racing in challenging, wet weather Shahaan incurred no damage whatsoever to his car – proving his terrific natural car control and tremendous awareness on circuit.

The chief aim over the past two weekends has been to achieve maximum track time and to learn about starts and racecraft. In doing all of that with a commitment and maturity of a driver of far senior years, India’s freshest star of the track has made a significant first impression…

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Josh WebsterAnother impressively strong outing in the Protyre Formula Renault UK ‘Finals Series’ at Rockingham in Northamptonshire on Saturday, 12th November, secured talented rookie Josh Webster third place in the championship standings – a brilliant way to cap off 2011 for the Suffolk teenager.

Off the back of a maiden Formula Renault UK podium finish a week earlier at Snetterton in Norfolk, the 17-year-old Mark Burdett Motorsport racer produced two more strong drives to see off Red Bull-backed competitor Daniil Kvyat by seven points. Ending the series as the best placed newcomer, Josh defeated some of Britain and Europe’s most highly touted aspiring Formula One drivers.

Added to his Vice-Champion status from the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship this year, the top three finish in the Finals Series marks Josh out as a true contender for front-running honours in the main Formula Renault UK Championship next season.

“It’s really good getting third in the points, I’m so happy we managed to achieve it against such tough and experienced competition with just a few days in the car”, said the Stowmarket ace, “The field in the Finals Series this year has been unbelievably strong, especially with the guys who came over from Europe, but we did a great job.

“Massive thanks to Mark Burdett, Andy, Robbie and Jack at the team for all their hard work. As always, a huge thank you as well to my sponsors, especially James Palmer of Nine Telecom and Graham and David of Admiral Managed Networks.”

Having topped the times in the third of the official test sessions on Friday, 11th November, Josh and the team had high hopes for Saturday’s action but qualifying brought fresh challenges in the way of foggy conditions and a damp circuit.

Making a great start to the opening encounter and producing a brave first lap, Josh gained five places to move into fifth but following a three lap Safety Car period he made a small mistake under braking, running too deep into Deene Hairpin, and lost several places in the process. Rejoining in 10th position, he swiftly worked his way back into ninth where he remained to the flag.

Holding fourth place in the championship standings after round five, a couple of points behind Kvyat, Josh faced a tough final outing but delivered superbly. Starting seventh on the grid, out of 29 competitors, he ended lap one in sixth place and after a brief Safety Car period produced a fantastic cut-back at Deene Hairpin to take fifth.

Through two additional Safety Car interludes in the dry 25-minute encounter, Josh maintained terrific composure and challenged hard for fourth place to the conclusion. He almost made it with a superbly brave attempt through the Turn One oval banking but fifth was enough, with Kvyat 10th, to secure his richly deserved top three championship finish.

Final 2011 Protyre Formula Renault UK ‘Finals Series’ Standings (after Rd6):
CHAMPION: Oliver Rowland, 190pts; 2nd Dan Wells, 133pts; 3rd Josh Webster, 118pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Josh WebsterJosh Webster delivered a star performance on his Formula Renault UK debut at Snetterton in Norfolk over the weekend, 5th/6th November – the 17-year-old series rookie surprising the established order by claiming his maiden category podium during the opening event of the 2011 ‘Finals Series’.

Scoring consistently well during Saturday’s opening two rounds with seventh and fifth place finishes, the Stowmarket driver improved yet further on Sunday to claim fourth position in round three before a sensational second place finish in round four delivered a richly deserved rostrum and third overall in the championship standings.

“Going into the weekend I didn’t know what to expect against such experienced and tough competition, so to get a podium is great – I’m really happy”, said Josh, “We made good progress throughout and I’m sure there’s more to come.”

Signing a deal with Mark Burdett Motorsport just a week or so prior to the start of the six-race championship, previously known as the Winter Series, the Suffolk racer joined the category for perhaps its most competitive ever campaign with over 30 drivers set to participate.

Including a wide array of experienced front-runners from Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault UK, the near-capacity field served to provide an incredibly high level for Josh to measure himself against. Impressing throughout, the Formula Renault BARC Vice-Champion adapted well to the different driving style and characteristics of the UK-spec FR 2.0 car.

Qualifying 11th fastest for round one on Saturday in wet conditions, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star aced his first ever start in a current specification FR 2.0 car and climbed into the top eight on lap one before gaining seventh on lap four where he remained to the flag on lap 13.

Starting 10th on the grid for round two on Saturday afternoon, on a wet but drying track, another superb start hoisted Josh into the top six and following an early Safety Car period he moved into fifth on lap four. During the second half of the race, he came under intense pressure from Jordan King and Stefan Wackerbauer but repelled both.

Sunday’s action was dry and in qualifying for rounds three and four Josh posted the fifth best time. Starting on the third row, the MSA Academy teenager made another superb getaway and after challenging for fourth on the run to Riches Corner he claimed the place. Then, after a Safety Car period between laps three to six, Josh initially pushed for third before settling for fourth place.

Round four was the undoubted highlight of the weekend, not least the start where he rocketed from fifth on the grid to second place – negotiating the stalled pole position car of namesake Josh Hill. Punching in a series of consistently strong lap times, he comfortably held the runner-up spot throughout and also posted the fourth fastest lap of the race.

“We worked hard and improved more and more throughout the weekend, thanks to all the guys at Mark Burdett Motorsport for their hard work”, he added, “Thanks as well to all my sponsors, especially James Palmer of Nine Telecom and David Marsden of Admiral Managed Networks for their continued support.”

Josh now heads into the last two rounds of the Finals Series this coming Saturday, 12th November, at Rockingham in Northamptonshire just four points shy of second place in the championship.

Qualifying for rounds five and six at the Corby track is scheduled to begin at 09.30 with race one set to follow at 11.05 and race two expected to commence at 13.55. Live timing of the weekend’s action will be available online at www.tsl-timing.com

Provisional 2011 Protyre Formula Renault UK Finals Series Standings (after Rd4):
1st Oliver Rowland, 128pts; 2nd Dan Wells, 90pts; 3rd Josh Webster, 86pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Josh WebsterStowmarket’s Josh Webster will make his competitive debut in the national Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship during the six race ‘Finals Series’ which begins at Snetterton in Norfolk this weekend, 5th/6th November, having signed a deal with race-winning squad Mark Burdett Motorsport.

Just a couple of weeks since the conclusion of the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship, in which the 17-year-old ended the season as Vice-Champion with three victories and nine podiums in total, Josh now prepares to take on his toughest challenge yet in a current specification FR 2.0 car.

Offering greater power, enhanced aerodynamics, steering-wheel mounted paddle-shift gear change and requiring an adaptation in driving style compared to the previous generation ‘BARC’ Formula Renault, the demands of the top tier of the renowned single-seater category will prove to be a steep learning curve for the Suffolk racer…but he’s relishing the opportunity.

“It’s fantastic to have this chance to race in the Finals Series in a UK car, I’m really happy to be back out so soon after the end of the BARC season”, said Josh, “This is a perfect opportunity to learn the new car and get as much experience as possible as we prepare for next year, the aim is to do the full UK championship in 2012 if we can raise the budget so this is all about getting ready for that.

“It’s going to be a major learning curve for me, we’ve only had limited testing time in the car and I’ve never raced on the 300 Circuit before, but we’ll be giving it our all as we always do. I’m pleased to be working with Mark Burdett and his team, they’ve had some good success in the main championship this year and I’m sure we’ll develop a good relationship.”

Along with his inexperience of the new FR 2.0 car and Snetterton’s 2.97-mile 300 Circuit layout, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star is also making the move into the UK category in what is destined to be the most competitive winter championship ever.

Over 30 cars are expected for the opening event in East Anglia, including a dozen or more entries from Europe, making the competition incredibly intense. The Finals Series will be contested over six races in total, four at Snetterton this coming weekend and then two more a week later on Saturday, 12th November, at Rockingham in Northamptonshire.

The opening qualifying session at Snetterton will get underway at 09.25 on Saturday, 5th November, with round one scheduled to begin at 12.15 and round two following at 15.45. Second qualifying on Sunday, 6th November, will commence at 09.00 with round three timetabled to start at 11.55 and round four rounding out the weekend’s action at 15.30.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.