Trio of young guns get behind the wheel of an FPA car Three up-and-coming drivers have tested a Formula Palmer Audi car for the first time this week, including former Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill's 17 year old son, Joshua Hill was...
Trio of young guns get behind the wheel of an FPA car
Three up-and-coming drivers have tested a Formula Palmer Audi car for the first time this week, including former Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill's 17 year old son, Joshua
Hill was joined by T-Car graduate Dan Rozwadowski and Formula Renault race winner Jack Piper for an initial FPA test to get to grips with the single-seater. Josh, who has already tested a Formula Ford and has signed to compete in part of this year's Ginetta Junior series, battled against fog and low visibility to set some strong lap times.
Joshua Hill said: "I've never felt acceleration like this before, the Ford and Ginetta are nothing compared to this. These cars are fast, the only experience I've had that comes close was when my dad took me out in a two-seater GP Masters car."
Jack Piper also had a successful first session testing. The 17 year old has only been racing cars for a year, but has already scored his maiden victory at Spa whilst racing in Formula Renault 1600 in Belgium. Jack was introduced to FPA by his father Kevin, a journalist and TV presenter who is also a friend of Martin Brundle.
Piper commented: "These cars accelerate quick but the best thing is how they stop, the braking is awesome! I'm happy with my performance today as it's my first go in the car but I know I can go quicker. I just need a few more tests and then I will be right on the pace. I can't wait for the season to start!"
Finally, 17 year old Dan Rozwadowski is contemplating a switch from tin tops to single seaters this year after completing his first Formula Palmer Audi test. Dan has raced in the T-Cars series for the past two seasons, finishing fourth in 2007.
Dan's first FPA test opened his eyes to the differences between T-Cars and FPA: "With FPA cars, you have to pay attention 100% of the time as you are going so quick, otherwise you will be off," he said. "It's unlike a T-Car where you seem to have loads of time. I did a few hours in the car but set my quickest time just one hour into the test. I think I was getting mentally and physically tired but next time I will know what to expect, so I will be able to improve my time."
The 2008 Formula Palmer Audi season begins at Donington Park on 12/13 April.