HILLSPEED WITH CLIFF DEMPSEY RACING CONFIRMS TWO CAR ENTRY FOR BRDC BRITISH F3 AUTUMN TROPHY
Derbyshire-based BRDC British Formula 3 Championship team Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing is delighted to this morning, Monday, 24th October, confirm a two-car entry for the coming weekend’s four-round Autumn Trophy event at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk.
Marking the first competitive action for Hillspeed since the team signed an exciting partnership with Cliff Dempsey Racing last month, the squad will field cars for two newcomers – Thailand’s Sasakorn ‘Cutter’ Chaimongkol and Omani kart racer Abdullah Al Rawahi.
Sasakorn, who signed a driver development deal with the team back in March, has been focusing on his studies at Giggleswick School in the Yorkshire Dales during recent months but will now make his long-awaited car racing debut a few days from now.
Having competed at the highest level in karting on the European and World Championship stage, the 16-year-old undertook a couple of days of testing in one of the latest Tatuus-Cosworth British F3 cars last week, having previously tested the forerunner BRDC Formula 4 car.
For 19-year-old Al Rawahi, the graduation into car racing comes after a stellar karting career in which he has most recently been competing in the Rotax Max Challenge and CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup as part of the renowned Birel ART squad. He also became a podium finisher earlier this year in the WSK Night Edition in Adria, Italy with Tony Kart.
Al Rawahi won his first title in the 2011/2012 Rotax Max Challenge Junior Max 125 Championship in the United Arab Emirates and will arrive at Snetterton for his British F3 debut with just a couple of days of testing under his belt thus far.
“We’re obviously delighted to be fielding two cars for the BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy and very much looking forward to giving Cutter and Abdullah their car racing debuts”, said Hillspeed’s Richard Ollerenshaw, “Clearly, the step-up is a significant one for both drivers but the Autumn Trophy is a perfect opportunity for them to learn in a fully competitive environment.
“Cutter had a run in the Tatuus last week, his first experience of the latest car, and Abdullah tested the car for the first time a couple of weeks ago. There is plenty of track time available across the weekend, with pre-event testing too, so it’s a very valuable opportunity for them both to gain some vital mileage and seat time as they take their first steps in car racing.”
Following pre-event testing, the opening Autumn Trophy qualifying session will take place at 10.55 on Saturday, 29th October, with round one beginning at 13.15 and round two getting underway at 16.15. On Sunday, 30th October, second qualifying starts at 09.30 with round three scheduled to begin at 11.45 followed by round four at 14.05.