STEELE SWITCHES TO TEAM SWR BMW Scholarship winner Aaron Steele has secured the fourth and final seat in Team SWR's 2005 Formula BMW UK Championship line-up. The team had always been eager to sign 16-year-old Steele, as his first experience of...
STEELE SWITCHES TO TEAM SWR
BMW Scholarship winner Aaron Steele has secured the fourth and final seat in Team SWR's 2005 Formula BMW UK Championship line-up.
The team had always been eager to sign 16-year-old Steele, as his first experience of Formula BMW had come in an impressive test with SWR in June 2004, but it initially looked as if he would be racing with another team in 2005. When it became clear that Aaron was still available after all, SWR Team Principal Trevor Powell wasted no time in completing a deal with him.
"We knew Aaron was a very good prospect when he tested for us last summer, so we weren't surprised when he won a BMW scholarship," said Powell. "I think he must be one of the favourites for the Rookie Class this year.
"Aaron was a guest of the team in the last few races of 2004 so we already know him well. When his plans had to change at short notice it was important that Aaron found a new team where he would be immediately comfortable, and we can provide that for him."
Steele is the fourth confirmed driver in SWR's 2005 Formula BMW programme -- meaning that the team goes into only its second year of competition with the largest line-up in the championship.
As Steele is one of the elite six novices chosen from hundreds of applicants to become a BMW Scholarship driver, his car will run in the distinctive blue-and-white colours of BMW, and he will benefit from a comprehensive programme of extra support and tuition offered by the championship organisers. He joins Tom Horley, Lars Viljoen and Matt Harris in the SWR line-up as the quartet prepares to take to the track for the first official pre-season test at Thruxton on Friday 18th February.
Team SWR is also expanding into the National Class of British Formula Three in 2005. Formula BMW star Josh Fisher and American Nick Jones will spearhead the team's first attempt at the category.