K Racing Asia Series Champion to get GP2 test with Caterham Team AirAsia
21 September 2011 – The winner of the JK Racing Asia Series 2011 season will receive a GP2 test in the Caterham Team AirAsia GP2 car, it was announced today. The test will take place during the official GP2 pre-season tests in 2012, at a date and venue to be announced later.
“I am very happy to be able to announce this award which comes about through our collaboration with AirAsia. This will be a great opportunity for one of the young aspiring future Formula 1 stars, currently racing in our JK Racing Asia Series,” said David Sonenscher, CEO of Motorsport Asia.
“The whole purpose of the JK Racing Asia Series is to provide a platform to develop young talent out of Karting and towards their goal of Formula 1. A test with one of the leading GP2 Teams, which is just one step from Formula 1, will not only provide further motivation for them to secure the JK Racing Asia Title, but will also give them an opportunity to understand what will be expected from them in their future careers.
“I am very grateful to Tony Fernandes for putting this together as an added bonus to AirAsia’s involvement in the JK Racing Asia Series” concluded Sonenscher.
“At AirAsia we believe in making dreams a reality, and our extensive involvement in motorsports, from our Driver’s Development Program with Team Lotus and Team Lotus itself, amongst others, allows us to continually be a part of the growth of our youth as they pursue their future. To be able to offer this unique and exciting prize to the champion of the Series is an absolute pleasure, and we look forward to catching some of the upcoming races in Singapore and India,” said Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia.
“We are delighted to be supporting the young talent that is emerging from the JK Racing Asia Series by giving this test with our GP2 team Caterham Team AirAsia. In founding the team, we wanted to create opportunities for young talent from Asia and around the world to take the next steps up the motorsport ladder, and this partnership with the JK Racing Asia Series does exactly that. I am sure that whoever wins the drive will do themselves proud and we will help as much as we can to give them the opportunity of a lifetime” said Riad Asmat, CEO of Team Lotus.
The JK Racing Asia Series is currently the only Junior Formula that provides a unique opportunity where the drivers are given a platform to compete in front of the Formula One fraternity. On three occasions the JK Racing Asia Series will support Formula One Grand Prix, in Malaysia, Singapore and the newly built circuit in India.
JK Tyre & Industries, the leading tyre manufacturer in India, is the title partner for the JK Racing Asia Series. The Series is also supported by AirAsia, Asia’s leading low-cost carrier.
The JK Racing Asia Series is organised by Motorsport Asia Ltd.