• First confirmed drivers for inaugural season named
• Field represents vast depth of young talent
• International line-up so far spans eight nations and territories
Shanghai, China (June 8, 2018) – Organizers of the world’s first F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA have released the names of the first confirmed drivers for the inaugural season which roars off the grid next month at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, with more driver announcements to be made in the coming days.
The drivers announced so far hail from across the globe - from as far afield as the USA and Africa and as close to home as China and Malaysia - ensuring a truly international benchmark against which drivers can measure their performance.
The first driver announced on the Absolute Racing line-up is 19-year-old California-based Jaden Conwright, recipient of the 2016 World Speed Motorsport Rising Star Award and former Italian F4 Championship driver. BlackArts Racing, meanwhile, has confirmed 2018 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 runner-up Louis Prette of Monaco.
UK-based Hitech GP has announced 16-year-old Macanese driver Charles Leong on their squad, the youngest competitor in the series so far. Leong, who began a successful Asian karting career at the age of ten, has impressed on his ascent through the junior single seater ranks, winning the 2017 Asian Formula Renault and FIA F4 China championships at the age of 15.
Leong is joined at Hitech by South African Raoul Hyman, a 2017 GP3 Series and Euro Formula Open Championship driver. Third in the BRDC British F3 Championship in 2014, the 22-year-old brings with him a wealth of single seater experience.
MSport Asia, the racing arm of India’s Meco MotorSports, has confirmed 19-year-old Akash Gowda for its 2018 F3 Asian Championship campaign. With a successful karting career under his belt, Gowda progressed to F4, competing in the Japanese and also Southeast Asian championship, where he finished third in the 2016-17season. Another graduate of the F4 Japanese championship is Japan’s Tomoki Takahashi, 20, who joins fellow countryman Takashi Hata at Super License.
Nineteen-year-old Kenyan driver Jeremy Wahome is confirmed at SVC Asia, a new team born as a branch of Italy’s SVC The Motorsport Group. The Nairobi native contested two seasons of the BRDC British F3 Championship in 2016 and 2017, having graduated from karting to single seaters at the age of 16, taking three podium finishes in the Formula BMW Asia Cup.
From China comes Yin Hai Tao, competing with ZEN Motorsport. Having gained considerable experience of Asia’s race tracks, Yin’s career has progressed from the Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup China to Asian junior single seaters, where he competed for three seasons.
YIN Hai Tao
The official shakedown of the Tatuus F3 T-318 is just days away, when the all-new, fully FIA homologation-compliant car will be put through its paces for the first time.
In the meantime, the ten competing teams will continue putting the finishing touches to their driver line-ups, while championship organizers continue to receive a flood of interest from around the world. Further driver announcements will be made in the coming days.