Formula 1 test driver Jonathan Kennard, who turns 24 on Friday, will join Italian team AS Roma for the opening round of this year's Superleague Formula series at Magny-Cours in France. "It's a great birthday present," enthused the 2004 Formula...
Formula 1 test driver Jonathan Kennard, who turns 24 on Friday, will join Italian team AS Roma for the opening round of this year's Superleague Formula series at Magny-Cours in France.
"It's a great birthday present," enthused the 2004 Formula Palmer Audi champion who has performed several aerodynamic tests for the AT&T Williams F1 team in recent months. "Having driven both F1 and GP2 single-seaters I love powerful cars - now I can't wait to have a go in the 750bhp Superleague racer."
Kennard's AS Roma entry is being managed alongside the PSV and AC Milan entries being raced by Dominick Muermans and reigning GP2 champion Giorgio Pantano.
"I'm looking forward to racing alongside Pantano; he's raced in Formula 1 and is a multiple winner in GP2. He's obviously got a lot more experience than me at this level but I'm sure I can learn a lot from him. I can't wait to get to France and see how I compare to him."
Kennard will line up against 17 rivals in the opening round of this year's football-themed race series at Magny-Cours. Qualifying takes place on Saturday with two races plus a Super Final on Sunday. All the action is being screened live on the Eurosport 2 television channel.
Age: 24 (born 26 June 1985)
Home town: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Lives: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Interests: Driving, saxaphone, sailing
Superleague Formula Club: AS Roma
Favourite Football moment: "When Fabio Capello signed as the England manager. He won the Italian title with Roma, so that's very topical."
Favourite All-Time Footballer: "Nobby Stiles."
Can You Play Football? "Sorry, no."
Jonathan Kennard has rapidly established himself as one of Britain's brightest prospects, being nominated as a McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver finalist and securing BRDC Rising Star status. Kennard made the step up from karting to car racing in 2001 in the BRSCC T-Cars championship, a unique one-make saloon car series for 14-17 year-olds, and was one of the stars of the 2002 season, taking seven podium finishes.
The following year he embarked on a season in Formula Palmer Audi where he finished sixth overall and finished the season on a high with victory in the penultimate round of the year. His results in the season finale led him into the Autumn Trophy, a four-round mini series, which he won outright. Buoyed by his successes he entered the main FPA series in 2004, achieving ten pole positions and four wins to take the title even before the final round.
In 2005 Jonathan tackled the scholarship class of the UK's premier single-seater championship in the scholarship class of the British Formula Three Championship. With one win and 10 podiums, he finishing third in his class.
For 2006 and 2007 Jonathan graduated to British F3's main Championship class, finishing sixth outright in 2007 with two pole positions, one race win and seven podiums.
In 2008 Jonathan was selected to carry out aerodynamic testing duties for the AT&T Williams F1 team and this year he has contested the opening round of the Formula Master series finishing fifth on the streets of Pau.