Schoolboy race ace Clarke is eyeing up F4 glory in the USA
GCSEs may be on Oliver Clarke’s mind this year, but so is F4 glory in the USA after the Methwold schoolboy committed himself to the Velocity Racing Development team for the upcoming 2019 season.
The Downham-based driver, who is a pupil at the Iceni Academy in Methwold, impressed in the final round of last season’s championship in a support race to the COTA
The Downham-based driver, who is a pupil at the Iceni Academy in Methwold, impressed in the final round of last season’s championship in a support race to the COTA Grand Prix, finishing in the points.
Clarke, who turned 16 at the end of 2018, said he is ‘delighted’ to be extending his stay with the team and thanked his school for their support on his motorsport journey so far.
“Iceni have watched me go through my karting days, becoming British Champion, third in the world at Le Mans and winning many other titles to single seater car racing last year,” he said.
“The support from all in the local community and across the county has been great.”
Of signing for the team, he said: “Our showing together in COTA certainly proved to me that I didn’t want to be anywhere else for my second season.
“With VRD comes a lot of experience in Daniel Mitchell and the team is currently going from strength to strength.”
VRD team boss Dan Mitchell said: “I have known Oliver for many years and he’s always been super quick and has bags of talent.
“A second year in the F4 United States program was the best decision for Oliver’s 2019 season and is the right choice to advance his racing career.
“He improved so much during the last two rounds of his 2018 campaign that he really did not want the season to end. The goal for 2019 is simple: to win.”
The teenager has also put pen-to-paper with Will Fewkes at Fewkes Sport Management.
The Formula 4 United States Championship began in 2016. The 2019 season will get under way with six teams and 17 drivers on April 18-20 at Road Atlanta, Braselton, supporting the F3 Americas Championship at the Michelin Raceway Road, Atlanta. The 17 rounds are spread across six venues, ending in November.