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26 Oct 2015

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Exciting first year racing driver Ameya Vaidyanathan has this morning, Monday, 26th October, been confirmed as Hillspeed’s initial driver signing for the eagerly-awaited eight-race Duo BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy which gets underway just under a fortnight from now at Snetterton in Norfolk.
The 18-year-old Indian, who has been a revelation in his first season of track action at any level in the main BRDC Formula 4 Championship with three podium finishes to his credit, remains with Richard Ollerenshaw’s highly respected Hathersage squad where he has made huge strides thus far.
Arriving in the ultra-competitive category at the start of the year as a total novice, Vaidyanathan has developed markedly since that point with the help of Hillspeed’s key support and driver coaching.
Notably, of course, the Autumn Trophy marks the competitive debut of the brand new MSV F4-016 Tatuus-Cosworth car which moves BRDC Formula 4 onto a new level with significant increases in pace, performance and power – elevating the series ever closer to Formula 3 level.
“We’re obviously extremely happy to be continuing the relationship with Ameya, and his manager Vaughan, into the Autumn Trophy and we’re all very much looking forward to seeing how he gets on with a full season of experience now under his belt”, said team principal Ollerenshaw.
“Ameya has developed very quickly since joining Hillspeed at the start of the year and we’re thrilled he’s continuing his development with us. We’re all determined to build further on the sort of pace and racecraft which helped him deliver impressive multiple podiums in the main championship. The arrival of the new car brings a fresh challenge, but that’s going to be the same for every driver.”
Ending his first season of racing an impressive 12th overall in the championship, Vaidyanathan secured three richly deserved podium finishes – the first coming on only his second weekend of racing, in May at Rockingham. He then went on to add a brace of superb rostrum results during the penultimate event of the campaign at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit.
Looking ahead to the Autumn Trophy, the talented teenager said: “I think the car is really enjoyable to drive. With the stronger aerodynamic package, it really encourages you to experiment, and push your own boundaries to extract more and more performance. 
“Given that this car is more complex from an engineering point of view than its predecessor, small changes have a bigger influence in how the car handles, so the accuracy of my own feedback is pretty important! That being said, the car is already performing strongly in its infancy, and there's no doubt that the future is promising over the course of its development.”
Rounds one, two, three and four of the eight-race Autumn Trophy will take place at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk over the weekend 7th/8th November. The championship will then visit Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent a week later for rounds five, six, seven and eight on 14th/15th November.
Hillspeed aims to confirm its next Autumn Trophy driver signing over the next few days but is still welcoming further enquiries from interested parties – please contact Richard Ollerenshaw on +44 (0)1433 650400, on +44 (0)7966 650400 or by email to [email protected]