AN 'AWESOME' FIRST CAR TEST FOR OLLIE MILLROY British Kart Champion impresses in FRenault outing Reigning British ICA Super 1 Kart Champion Ollie Millroy had his first taste of single-seater action with a Formula Renault test at Mallory Park on...
AN 'AWESOME' FIRST CAR TEST FOR OLLIE MILLROY
British Kart Champion impresses in FRenault outing
Reigning British ICA Super 1 Kart Champion Ollie Millroy had his first taste of single-seater action with a Formula Renault test at Mallory Park on Wednesday. The 17 year-old Claygate teenager stunned the team and onlookers with his immediate pace and during the three sessions, sharply increased his times.
The former works Zanardi kart racer, who left the Italian outfit after the fourth round of the Italian Open, acclimatised well to the wings and slick car of Double M Racing, when he took to the track for the very first time. Reaching speeds of up to 154mph along the straight, Ollie posted a time of 46.1s around the 1.4mile track and declared the moment he first got into the car as 'awesome'.
"When I was having the seat fitting at the workshop my Dad said I had a big smile on my face. I did, it was a good feeling being in a race car at last. After all the years in karts I just wanted to start the car and drive around the industrial units, but they wouldn't let me," said a delighted Ollie. "The straps take a bit of getting used to, it was a weird feeling being strapped in, but one of the strangest feelings was not being able to see much, unlike a kart, where you can see everything around you".
"We completed about 55 laps over three sessions and although I started quite quick I got a lot quicker by the end of the day. The main differences are getting used to braking distances into the corners and downforce. Driving with downforce is a great feeling, the quicker you go, the more grip you have. You brake a lot earlier and harder in cars and you have to keep it smooth. If you don't, it's very easy to spin. This suits my style of driving so I quickly got used to it and was able to reduce my lap times quickly".
The Double M Racing team, based in Worcestershire, are currently competing in the BARC Formula Renault Championship. Plans for Ollie now include another test with the team back at Mallory Park next week and another test at Donington the following week as he considers his future options.
"I felt the time was right for me to test a racing car and Formula Renault was my first choice. I'm not saying my karting career is over, but I have long-term aspirations to be a successful racing driver, so I need to see whether or not I'm ready. We'll see how the next few tests go and then make a decision as to what the future holds."