FPA: Aaron Steele joins series

Aaron Steele to challenge for the biggest prize in British motorsport Aaron Steele has signed up for the 2010 Formula Palmer Audi (FPA) Championship in a deal that will see him compete for a scholarship prize worth GBP 100,000. This year's FPA...

Aaron Steele to challenge for the biggest prize in British motorsport

Aaron Steele has signed up for the 2010 Formula Palmer Audi (FPA) Championship in a deal that will see him compete for a scholarship prize worth GBP 100,000.

This year's FPA champion will win a fast-track graduation to the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship - a breeding ground for the Formula One stars of tomorrow. The top six drivers will also receive an official Formula Two test.

FPA is run by MotorSport Vision and is the ultimate test of a driver's ability. Steele, from Rochester, Kent, is guaranteed a level playing field as the 300bhp single-seater he will race is identical to that of his competitors and prepared by exactly the same team of mechanics.

The championship features 20 races at seven of the UK's premier circuits, including Brands Hatch and Silverstone. An illustrious hall of fame includes three times World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx, ex-Formula One drivers Giorgio Pantano and Justin Wilson and DTM star Gary Paffett.

Steele, 21, a British Racing Drivers' Club Rising Star, said: "I'm thrilled to have secured a full-time drive for 2010 and FPA will provide me with an excellent environment in which to prove my talent and to progress my career. This is a tough championship and I'll be following in the footsteps of some great drivers but I'm determined to give everything I've got in an effort to win a place in Formula Two. This is such an important year for me on the road towards my ultimate goal of racing in Formula One."

Any sponsors or partners backing Steele this season are guaranteed an excellent package of benefits, with guest passes available for exclusive race day hospitality as well as extensive media exposure, with television coverage expected on Motors TV.

Aaron's dad Kevin, who manages his son's motor racing career, said: "I'd like to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make Aaron's drive in FPA possible. We had an interesting 2009 season which allowed Aaron to sample several different forms of motorsport and I've no doubt he'll continue to shine this year. We're looking forward to an excellent year's racing that could prove pivotal in Aaron's career."

The FPA season gets under way on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on May 8-9 and finishes at Silverstone in mid-October.

-source: aaron steele

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Giorgio Pantano , Justin Wilson , Gary Paffett , Aaron Steele