Chamberlain on the ladder to F1 with BMW license course from Vroom Ambitious kart racer Jordan Chamberlain has been awarded the opportunity to qualify to race in the Formula BMW Europe series by Vroom magazine and BMW Motorsport. To race in ...
Chamberlain on the ladder to F1 with BMW license course from Vroom
Ambitious kart racer Jordan Chamberlain has been awarded the opportunity to qualify to race in the Formula BMW Europe series by Vroom magazine and BMW Motorsport.
To race in single-seater cars, drivers need a license upgrade and BMW arrange two-day courses at Valencia in Spain to get young kart drivers up to speed. For the past three years two of the most impressive 15 to 18-year-old racers have been given free places by the international karting magazine.
The drivers were selected using their fastest laps in each race at the WSK International Series meeting at Mariembourg in Belgium last month, with Jordan and local driver Robin Frijns coming out on top.
Vroom Marketing Editor Salvatore Murtas has already noticed the young Welshman's potential: "Jordan is always there fighting with the top, he's fast, he's got good driving skills, and his 'never give up no matter what' racing style - typical of all Brits - is truly a pleasure to watch. In this case he truly deserves this unique opportunity. I'm sure Jordan will take full advantage of it."
Jordan is delighted with his chance to break into car racing: "I've never driven a racing car before, but that's who Formula BMW is designed for so I hope I can impress some important people. To race single-seaters is expensive though so I would need some sponsorship to carry on with it."
Formula BMW, which was a support race for the British Grand Prix on June 6th, is the first step on the ladder to Formula 1 and has a unique off-track programme, aiming to give drivers a firm grounding in the skills they need to succeed in motorsport. Drivers learn driving techniques, optimal set-up, and even the best diet to follow, physical training, public relations and sponsor management. There are also strong links between the series and the BMW Sauber F1 team.
Jordan is due to go to Valencia on August 8th & 9th but first he will head to another Spanish circuit, Alcaniz, this weekend to prove he is one of the 72 best drivers on the continent (out of 200+ entries) and qualify for the European Kart Championship.