THOMAS HYLKEMA MOVING UP TO THE BRITISH FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 CHAMPIONSHIP Thomas Hylkema has signed a contract with Mark Burdett Motorsport to take part in the strongly contested British Formula Renault 2.0 championship in 2008. The team based in...
THOMAS HYLKEMA MOVING UP TO THE BRITISH FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 CHAMPIONSHIP
Thomas Hylkema has signed a contract with Mark Burdett Motorsport to take part in the strongly contested British Formula Renault 2.0 championship in 2008. The team based in Lincolnshire has completed its driver line-up with the signing of Hylkema. Next to the Dutchman two British drivers, Richard Kent and Tom Armour, will race for the team. At the end of 2007 the Dutchman already tested a Formula Renault 2.0 car on the Silverstone (GP), Donington Park and Rockingham Motor Speedway circuits. The young talent is really looking forward for the next step in his motorsport career.
Last year a long cherished dream was realised by Hylkema and he made his debut in the German Formula BMW championship. On the Norisring street circuit he competed in his first races for the renowned Eifelland Racing team. During the course of the German Formula BMW season he was able to defend himself really well against more experienced opponents and ended up in the points on a regular basis. To get more race mileage and more international track knowledge the 19-year old driver also took part in the prestigious Formula BMW World Final at the Spanish Valencia circuit. The student at the Delft University of Technology (Faculty of Aerospace Engineering) worked his way up the ranks from the midfield.
The Mark Burdett Motorsport team was founded in 1992 by team manager Mark Burdett. After several entries in the Formula First Winter Series and National Formula First Championship the team made the step into the British Formula Renault 2.0 championship back in 2000. Most successes came in 2003 and 2004 with Alex Storckenfeldt who scored several podium finishes. Former BTCC-driver and British Formula 3 champion Warren Hughes and former British GT champion Tim Mullen are closely involved with the team. They are part of the Driver Development programme and advise the drivers during test days and races.
THOMAS HYLKEMA: "After a learning season in the German Formula BMW, I will make the step to the British Formula Renault 2.0 championship in 2008. I opted to do Formula Renault 2.0 on purpose. The car has got a lot more downforce, due to the aerodynamic package, which means I can take corners much faster. It was a well considered decision to race with Mark Burdett Motorsport in the upcoming season. The team consists of engineers and mechanics with a lot of passion for motorsport. The personal guidance is really important. From the first moment there was a 'click' and the cooperation was perfect. I think this series is the right choice to get towards the top of international motorsport. In formula Renault you drive a lot more than in formula BMW (I will drive two or three days a week in the coming two months, which is a lot). This is a really big advantage compared to other championships. The British Formula Renault 2.0 championship is an exciting series with lots of good drivers. This is a huge chance for me and I really plan to perform well on the British circuits. At this moment I am doing everything I can to prepare myself as good as possible, physically and mentally. If I can finish the British Formula Renault 2.0 season in the top ten I will be satisfied. I am really looking forward to it!"