AUSTRALIAN KARTER MITCHELL GILBERT STEPS UP TO FORMULA RENAULT UK WINTER SERIES Australian Karter Mitchell Gilbert will this week step up to the next level of motor racing as he competes in the first round of the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK...
AUSTRALIAN KARTER MITCHELL GILBERT STEPS UP TO FORMULA RENAULT UK WINTER SERIES
Australian Karter Mitchell Gilbert will this week step up to the next level of motor racing as he competes in the first round of the 2010 Michelin Formula Renault UK Winter Series at Snetterton.
Off the back of a successful test at Silverstone, Mitchell will be joining the championship-winning Fortec Motorsports team to contest the six-round Winter Championship.
Last week Mitchell took part in a two-day test at the world-famous circuit which saw him take to the Grand Prix Arena circuit on day one and the Bridge circuit on day two. Mitchell made a solid start on day one; adapting well to both the car and circuits. By day two he had made significant progress and was rapidly shaving time off his lap times as the day continued. He finished the day's session just four tenths of a second off the quickest time.
"I've had a good solid test at Silverstone and really enjoyed being able to drive the car on this great circuit. The Fortec Motorsport team gave me a quick car for the two day test and it was good to work closely with the engineers to gradually improve my lap times;" commented Mitchell.
"The step up from Karting to Formula Renault is immense but I have really enjoyed getting to grips with the car. The car is obviously so much quicker than a Kart but probably the main difference is that the car has aerodynamics, which karts don't have, so this is the main thing I have had to adapt to;" continued Mitchell.
"One of the things I'm looking forward to when it comes to the race weekends is that unlike in Karting, the cars will all be equal - the same chassis, the same engine, so we'll be able to all race each other on an even level which will make the racing exciting;" continued Mitchell
"Mitchell did a great job these past days at the Silverstone test. He adapted well to both the car and to the two different race tracks and really improved over the course of the two days. He's impressed the team with his control of the car and we certainly see a lot of potential in him;" commented Fortec Motorsport Team Principal Richard Dutton.
"Mitchell is one of the single seater rookies in this Championship which will certainly be challenging as it is so very different to Karting but we're all confident that he's going to rise to the challenge; " continued Richard.
16 year old Mitchell is no stranger to competing in top-level Championships. Born in Kuala Lumpur, he began his motorsports career in 2002; participating in the Junior Malaysian Karting Championship. During his six years of racing in Malaysia he secured a run of strong Karting results including first place in the 2006 Malaysian Junior Intercontinental A (JICA) Championship, aged only 12.
Having shown both promise and ambition whilst racing in Asia, Mitchell moved to Italy in 2008 to compete in Karting at a European level. In 2009 he made the step up to international senior level Karting and participated in the WSK International Karting Series (KF2). He won the Grand National North East Series and was ranked third in the world after finishing on the podium in the CIK-FIA World Cup.
2010 sees Mitchell and his family move from Italy to the UK to enable him to compete at the next level of motor racing and underlines both his, and his family's, commitment and ambition to succeed at the top levels of motorsport.
Mitchell Gilbert commented; "I've been racing for almost as long as I can remember and have known from an early age that I would like to one day reach the pinnacle of motorsport - Formula One. In order to get there I know I need to be racing for the best teams, working with the best people and racing against the best drivers; which is why I have moved to the UK to compete with Fortec Motorsport. Fortec's history speaks for itself and I am extremely pleased to be racing for the team."
"My racing future is certainly going to be in Europe as I recognise that this is where the best drivers are in the world; so I need to be competing against them and racing for the best teams in order to achieve my goals. My focus at the moment is on the 2010 Formula Renault UK Winter Series and then if all goes well we will consider the Formula Renault UK Series for 2011 as the next step in my racing career;" continued Mitchell.
Mitchell Gilbert will be competing in the opening rounds of the 2010 Formula Renault UK Winter Series on the 6th and 7th November at Snetterton.