GREAT START TO 2015 FOR HILLSPEED AS LANZETTI & AL ZUBAIR SIGN FOR BRDC F4
Hillspeed is delighted to announce its first two driver signings of 2015 for the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, after this week finalising deals with 16-year-old Omani karting graduate Al Faisal Al Zubair and 18-year-old South African Sebastian Lanzetti.
Getting the New Year off to a fantastic start, the Hathersage team is elated to confirm both young drivers ahead of the annual Autosport International Show – always regarded as the true start to the motor racing year – which gets underway later this week at Birmingham NEC.
Notably, Al Faisal’s signing marks a renewal of Hillspeed’s working relationship with successful Omani sportscar racer Ahmad Al Harthy who is acting as a mentor for his teenage compatriot on his move to the UK. Al Harthy graduated into British motor racing in 2007 with the Richard Ollerenshaw-led squad in Formula Renault BARC before making the transition to sportscars in 2010.
Lanzetti, who conducted an intensive F4 test With Hillspeed in Spain prior to Christmas, will also make his UK debut with backing from IVMA Engineering, NETASSESS – leaders in Automotive Assessing – and MANHATTAN Computer Solutions. The teenager, a dual Italian and South African national, does have a couple of years’ experience under his belt in Formula Ford and Formula VW.
“We’re absolutely delighted to confirm two deals so early in the New Year and to welcome both Al Faisal and Sebastian into the team”, commented Ollerenshaw, “It’s fantastic to renew a working relationship with Ahmad [Al Harthy] and we’re delighted he’s chosen to place his young protégé with Hillspeed in BRDC Formula 4, the plan is to start Al Faisal’s testing programme in February.
“Sebastian’s deal has been closed earlier than we originally expected, so we’re thrilled about that and believe it is testament to the quality of the BRDC Formula 4 car and the championship along with the good work we completed with him in early December during our exclusive test in Spain.”
Ollerenshaw added: “Racing in BRDC F4 is obviously going to be a big step for both guys, but we’re confident they’ll each progress very well in their respective first seasons in the UK. We’re currently in discussions with several other drivers concerning our third and final seat in F4 too and expect to be able to announce our complete 2015 line-up in the near future.”
While making his full-time graduation into car racing in BRDC Formula 4 this year, Al Zubair does have some single-seater experience from the Formula Gulf 1000 Series where he is currently fourth in the driver standings after four rounds.
His motorsport career started in 2012 with participation in the UAE Junior Rotax Max Challenge and he also made appearances at British championship level in the UK, as well as in the BNL Junior Rotax Max Challenge in Europe. Going on to win the 2013/2014 Oman Senior Rotax Max Challenge crown, Al Zubair was also part of the title-winning Oman Endurance Karting Championship team.
Lanzetti’s karting career began in 2009 in South Africa and within just a couple of years he had made sufficient progress to be awarded a wildcard entry into the prestigious ROK World Finals. Going on to debut in cars in 2012 in his domestic Formula Ford series, he added involvement in Formula VW as well and also continued in karts – winning the x30 Shifter Kart category in 2013.
Oulton Park International Circuit will host the opening three rounds of the BRDC Formula 4 season on Easter weekend, 4th/5th/6th April, with the championship reaching its conclusion at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent on 26th/27th September.