A young Indian racer is to compete in British Formula Ford next year: Zaamin Jaffer has confirmed that he is to drive for the works Raysport team in the championship's Scholarship Class.
The 18-year-old, who lives in the UK and Dubai, hopes to follow in the wheeltracks of his countryman Narain Karthikeyan, who won the British Formula Ford Winter Series in 1996 and who progressed, via British Formula 3, to become in 2005 the first Indian driver in F1.
Zaamin is preparing for the coming season with the help of the Andy Priaulx Performance Management programme. He said: "I have driven many of the UK circuits already and I'm confident that I am with the best team to achieve success." Jaffer began testing the Ray chassis at Donington Park last week and has further outings planned for Brands Hatch and Snetterton in the coming weeks.
NEW FORMULA FORD TEAM TAKES A BOW
8 December, 2008: Formula Ford will welcome a new team to the British championship in 2009 in the form of DW Racing, founded by Dan Woodrow. The squad has bought the Ray driven to Scholarship Cup victory this season by Chrissy Palmer and is planning to field it, and another chassis, in 2009.
Multiple kart racing champion Lee Harpham tested the DW Racing Ray at Silverstone last week and impressed the team. "Lee got to grips with the car very quickly," said Woodrow, "worked very well with our chief engineer Les Wilson, and set some good times." Team manager and driver coach Les Latham added: "I believe Lee can lead our team to Scholarship honours in 2009." The squad is backed by prestige car hire firm Qasims No Limits.
CAMPFIELD MAKES FORMULA 3 DEBUT
8 December, 2008: A British Formula Ford race-winner from 2008, Adrian Campfield, impressed Formula 3 team West-Tec when he tested for them at Snetterton. At the wheel of one of West-Tec's Spanish championship-specification Dallara F306s, 19-year-old Campfield completed more than 100 laps of the Norfolk track.
"Adrian did a stunning job and approached the day very intelligently," said West-Tec's John Miller. "We have kept an eye on him in Formula Ford all season and had a fair idea of what to expect from him... he didn't disappoint."
Added Campfield: "Team West-Tec were a pleasure to work with and the car was beautiful to drive. Racing with the team in F3 in 2009 is my aim. Now we just have to make it happen."