Nathan Freke -- National Formula Ford Driver with Jamun Racing
Kidderminster racing driver and 4 times British Karting Champion, Nathan Freke has secured the top drive in the new National Formula Ford Duratec series for 2006. Negotiations for Nathan to drive for Jamun Racing, the 2005 British Champions, were successfully concluded last week. He will replace Charlie Donnelly (2005 Champion), and Duncan Tappy (2005 festival Winner, and Autosport/McLaren/BRDC young driver of the year nominee), in the Jamun Racing Team who will be running 3 or 4 drivers and are looking to Nathan to carry on their winning ways whilst the other drivers gain experience at this level. Tony Munday, team principal, commented, 'we have watched Nathan over the 2005 season competing in various FF1600 races in one of our cars, and we see him as the natural successor to our departing drivers. He is an excellent racer who should adapt well to the new formula.'
Nathan will contest the newly launched Formula Ford National series in a 2006 Mygale Chassis, fitted with the new Ford Duratec race engine. Ford have introduced the engine as a replacement for the ageing Zetec power plant which has been in use since 1996. The series has over £1 million in publicity and backing from Ford, including full TV coverage, initially on Sky with possible repeats on terrestrial channels.
The series is still seen as the natural path towards higher formulas such as F3 and F1, despite the attempts to push the Renault and BMW series over the last few years. Nathan comments `I see this as a major opportunity to further my racing career, and am looking forward to putting the new outfit through its paces in late January. If I can repeat the successes of 2005 then I will have the best opportunity to achieve my goal of becoming a professional racing driver at the absolute top level. My 2005 sponsors Newnet have provided the majority of the required funding and together with other partners we are looking forward to a successful year.'
Nathan will still race karts when time permits and will be running drivers under the Century Motorsport banner at Super 1 and in the Superkart Series in 2006, he will also continue to run his Jamun T25 FF1600 car for customers
The race winning Century Motorsport Jamun T25 can be seen at the NEC Autosport Show this weekend, next Nigel Mansells GP Masters car.