FPAUDI: Bedford Autodrome test notes 2007-01-25

TALENTED QUARTET MAKE FORMULA PALMER AUDI DEBUTS Superb Hamilton tops Bedford test Four more aspiring racing drivers made their Formula Palmer Audi debuts at Bedford Autodrome yesterday (Thursday 25), as Matthew Hamilton set a blistering ...

TALENTED QUARTET MAKE FORMULA PALMER AUDI DEBUTS
Superb Hamilton tops Bedford test

Four more aspiring racing drivers made their Formula Palmer Audi debuts at Bedford Autodrome yesterday (Thursday 25), as Matthew Hamilton set a blistering pace.

Hamilton, a former Formula BMW racer who turns 17 next week, set a best time of 1m05.09 around the 1.8-mile circuit, making him the second-fastest driver to test FPA this year. "It really is a fantastic machine!" exclaimed the teenager. "Compared to the Formula BMW car, the FPA has exceptional power. It's got much wider tyres so there's much more grip, and getting used to the turbo makes it a whole different ball game!

Joining Matt at the test was Caterham Eurocup race winner Ted Murray. Murray, who won three races en route to third in the series last year, was first out on track and performed well despite facing the worst of the wintry conditions. "I was happy considering it was my first drive in a single-seater, and although it wasn't perfect, I know where I can improve next time."

Midlands Rotax Karting Champion Chris Dittmann also tested the 300bhp turbocharged single-seater and was impressed by the performance of the FPA car. "It's got much bigger, wider tyres than I'm used to, and it was great fun to play with the turbo boost button!"

Meanwhile, former TKM Karting World Finalist Tom Coller found the experience of driving a racing car for the first time an extremely enjoyable one. "It took a lot of learning, especially with it being such a powerful car, but once you get into a rhythm, it's great!"

FPA series boss and former Formula 1 driver Jonathan Palmer was impressed by the quartet's performances: "All four drivers drove commendably well and it was a pleasure to see more young potential coming in to FPA."

Formula Palmer Audi has proved itself over the last nine years to be the most cost-effective route to top-level motorsport. The 2007 season will feature 20 races at eight great UK circuits all for a cost of just $55,000 plus VAT.

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