FPAUDI: Strong interest in Club FPA

Just days after its launch, Club Formula Palmer Audi has generated a huge amount of interest with four drivers having already signed to secure their places on the grid. Natalie Butler, 26, is a Business Development Manager for the IT company,...

Just days after its launch, Club Formula Palmer Audi has generated a huge amount of interest with four drivers having already signed to secure their places on the grid.

Natalie Butler, 26, is a Business Development Manager for the IT company, ENG who are backing her, and is making the move to single seaters for the first time after racing karts and completing 35 races in MG saloon car racing. "As a motorsport follower I've been well aware of FPA but never dreamed the series would evolve into something I could do. The series looks brilliant and the timescale fits in with my work commitments. I can't wait to get started and have a go!"

Horsham's Rob Lofting, 36, owns three SpecSavers Optician outlets in West Sussex and took two wins from two starts in the 2000 FPA Rookie Race Series last autumn, going on to compete in the FPA Winter Championship, finishing a creditable 17th overall against vastly more experienced opposition. "I am so looking forward to doing this championship," Rob said. "I had only competed in karts before last autumn, but I found the FPA car very easy to drive quickly and won the two races at Brands Hatch. The whole Formula Palmer Audi set-up is superb and I can't wait to get into the car and go racing again."

Glasgow's David Joseph also competed in last season's Rookie Race Series, taking two pole positions and two second places in the four race series. Joseph, 40, and Lofting had a superb dual for the lead in the thrilling third round at Brands Hatch. David then joined Rob in the FPA Winter Championship, finishing just one place behind the Horsham driver overall. "I'm delighted Club FPA has replaced the original series", enthused Joseph, "to be able to enjoy such performance and professionalism for the money is an incredible opportunity!"

Paul Warren moves to Club FPA having competed in last seasons BRDC Formula Ford Championship. With backing from Red Devil, the energy drink company, Orpington based Paul, 39, views Club FPA as a great opportunity to drive a powerful slicks and wings car, which is the natural step up from the racecar he drove last season. ""I'm really looking forward to driving these powerful cars in a professionally run championship. I've done a couple of tests at Bedford Autodrome and I am very impressed with drivability of the cars, they are so different from the Formula Ford."

Series creator Jonathan Palmer is delighted with the reaction. "Whilst I always knew the Club FPA package was superb, I am still thrilled that we have signed so many drivers so quickly. We have had many enquires from drivers who find it hard to believe the opportunity is as good as it is, so this time I have no doubt we're in for a great series. I'm particularly pleased too that we will have our first female driver since 1998, and hope more will follow!"

The Formula Palmer Audi race cars are to the identical specification as the cars used in last season's Euro championship. With 250 bhp produced from the 1.8 turbo charged Audi engines, and 300bhp available on overboost, the slicks and wings machines have more power available than the latest Formula 3 cars. With twelve rounds over six weekends on some of the countries premier racing circuits, Club FPA, at £35,000 (+VAT), represents outstanding value for money.

Interested drivers should contact Jezz Scoones, Club FPA Driver Co-ordinator, on 01403 733233 for more details or log on to www.palmersport.com

-FPA

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Jonathan Palmer , Paul Warren