Fisichella Motor Sport International is delighted to announce the signing of 17-year-old Oliver Millroy to compete in its Formula BMW Europe team in 2008. Ollie is the recent recipient of the highly-coveted BMW Scholarship after impressing judges in an evaluation in October.
Just four drivers were awarded the prestigious scholarship this year and Ollie made his mark at the Formula BMW racing centre in Valencia, going head-to-head with twenty other young hopefuls and setting the quickest overall time in the 140bhp Formula BMW racing car.
Ollie has been very successful in his nine-year karting career to date. He began racing competitively in cadets on his eighth birthday and has had impressive results, including winning the British ICA championship in 2006.
This year Ollie won the first round of the WSK and French Open championships before wrapping up his karting career in June. For the second half of 2007 Ollie has been busy preparing for his career ahead in single-seaters, testing Formula Renault and Formula BMW.
The 2008 Formula BMW Europe Championship will support F1 and GP2 for seven races in Europe and is designed to offer a unique and high-quality package to drivers taking their first step into the professional world of single-seater motor racing.
Giancarlo Fisichella: "I want to say congratulations to Oliver and welcome to the Fisichella Motor Sport family. I was excited to start this new venture and it is good to sign Oliver first. We are very proud to have him with us."
Enrico Zanarini, Team Principal: "Oliver is a real talent and we are keen to work with him in his career from now on. I hope he will be part of our team for a long time."
Paolo Coloni, Team Principal: "It was great to watch Ollie on his debut with the new car. It was also our first time on track with our new BMW chassis and by the end of the day we knew we had a winning combination of team and driver in our hands."
Ollie Millroy: "I am absolutely over the moon to have signed with FMS International who, without doubt, will be the most experienced team on the grid. My dad and I flew out to the factory in Italy on Wednesday where I met all of the team and Paolo Coloni. I had an amazing day, which included my seat fitting for testing on Thursday. The test was at Magione, near the factory and we had a very good and productive day, getting to know each other, working together and improving our times every time we went out. The car set-up is very different to what I have driven in the UK and feels a lot quicker and better to drive. I had a fantastic time and am very confident that I will be on the pace before the first race and in a position to produce some good results. 2008 will be a very important year for me and I will give 100% to show that FMS International and BMW were right to choose me. I won't let them down."