Australian Will Power will be racing in the British Formula 3 Championship this year for the Wokingham based Diamond Racing Team in a Ralt Mugen-Honda F303.
Diamond's boss, Hughie Absalom, who saw 23-year-old Will test an F3 car at Silverstone last year said: "I felt Will was well capable of being the kind of guy to get the best out of a car like the Ralt." In his motor sport career Hughie has run cars for a variety of drivers including Mika Hakkinen and Takuma Sato. "I see this as yet another challenge in my life and I have had a few in my time," he commented.
Will, who comes from Toowoomba, Queensland, won the Australian Gold Star Formula Holden Championship and was runner-up in the Australian Formula 3 Championship in 2002. In his native country he has also raced in karts, Formula Ford and production cars under the watchful eye of his father, Bob Power, a former racing driver himself.
Ralt's Steve Ward was delighted with Hughie's decision. "With Hughie's experience and Will's speed I am sure we have a great combination to show just how competitive the Ralt is. We have been working hard over the winter on making improvements to the 2002 chassis and can't wait to get back testing so Will can give us his impressions of the car."
The Piquet Sports team, which will be running Nelsinho Piquet in the UK this year, has made a decision to start the season racing a Dallara, rather than the Ralt the team bought after testing it in Brazil at the end of 2002. The team and driver are new to the championship and have informed Ralt this is not a performance related decision, but as they have already raced a Dallara in the Brazilian championship feel the car will be easier to run in a year they expect to be difficult.