Wednesday March 20, 2013
Rahul gets extra boost as Euro dream comes true
PETALING JAYA: Rahul Raj Mayer has realised his dream to compete in Europe as he has been signed up to compete alongside British racer Struan Moore in the inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Championship.
The 16-year-old Rahul arrives in UK motorsport scene off the back of a strong season in the current Formula Gulf 1000 championship in the Middle East, where he secured a maiden win in January and has accrued a total of eight podiums from just 12 race starts.
The Kuala Lumpur lad has been signed up by Hillspeed and prior to his graduation into single-seaters late last year, the teenager has enjoyed success in saloon cars with a win and several podiums in the Malaysian Super Series Asia Classic Car Challenge behind the wheel of a 292hp Toyota Starlet – concluding the campaign in second spot.
During his formative karting career, Rahul was a front-running force in the Asian Open KF3 Championship, the Asian Open KF2 Championship, Rotax Max Challenge and Yamaha SL Cup.
“I am indeed very happy to be given an opportunity to race in the BRDC Formula 4 by my parents. The races are run on some of the most popular tracks in the UK and this will, no doubt, give me good exposure and allow me to hone my skills further.
“During the season I am going to work hard on my way to the top and hopefully pick up some sponsors along the way.
“I hope to maintain my previous records of being consistent instead of just the one fast lap. I look forward to working closely with Hillspeed, who I am sure will be able to support me in achieving my goals.”
Widely regarded as one of the most successful teams in national single-seater racing, Hillspeed are aiming to hit the ground running in the first season for the new BRDC Formula 4 championship and gain a strong foothold to ultimately try and emulate the success the team have achieved elsewhere.
Having won numerous titles in ARP Formula 3 (now named the MSV F3 Cup), the Protyre Formula Renault Championship, Formula Renault UK Winter Series and the Ginetta Junior Championship, the outfit is delighted to have already signed two highly competitive racers for their maiden F4 campaign.
Northamptonshire’s Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit will host the opening three rounds on April 27-28. Officially timed pre-season testing will be held at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk on 23 April.