EU: Motaworld signs Mathijs Harkema

Motaworld Goes Dutch With Harkema Dutch teenager Mathijs Harkema has become the second driver to sign for Motaworld Racing in order to contest the Formula BMW Europe championship which begins on April 27 at the Spanish Grand Prix. Harkema,...

Motaworld Goes Dutch With Harkema

Dutch teenager Mathijs Harkema has become the second driver to sign for Motaworld Racing in order to contest the Formula BMW Europe championship which begins on April 27 at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Harkema, 18, from Maastricht has been racing karts since he was five years old and he has twice won the Belgian Championship. Last year he finished ninth overall in the Formula BMW Germany championship with Josef Kaufmann Racing and he was the fourth best Rookie. He said "I am looking forward to working with team owner Alan Waite and driver coach Alf Boarer who have a lot of experience. They are very professional and will help and support my racing career." The Chatham-based Motaworld squad has not yet had the opportunity to test Harkema but the Sikkens-sponsored driver comes with a strong recommendation.

Alan Waite said "Mathijs performed well last year. Josef Kaufmann rates him highly - and we wanted a second-year driver."

Harkema joins Monaco-based Thomas Hillsdon in the Motaworld team. Discussions are still taking place with several drivers regarding the third seat in the squad.

-credit: motaworld.co.uk

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