HITECH JUNIOR’S 2009 LINE-UP Hitech Junior has signed Jordan Oakes to complete its four car line-up in the 2009 Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship. The 19 year-old from Norfolk, won on his car racing debut, in the Formula Renault BARC Championship round at Snetterton, where he also took pole position and set the fastest lap of the race.He went on to compete in that year’s Formula Renault BARC Championship, where he finished second in class with three wins, two pole positions and four fastest laps and competed in the final two rounds of the Formula Renault UK Championship, finishing 15th and 12th. The former karter also contested the Formula Renault UK Winter Series, finishing third overall with two third places and one fifth place.
In 2007 and ‘08 Jordan contested a full season of Formula Renault UK taking sixth place at Thruxton and Brands Hatch and finishing 2007 in sixth place in the Graduate Cup and 13th overall. Last season Jordan again competed in Formula Renault UK taking his maiden pole position at the Silverstone round and is now expected to be a leading title contender this year.
Jordan will join the trio of Hungarian Formula Renault vice-champion Tamas Pal Kiss, Formula BMW Pacific Scholarship winner Marlon Stockinger and fellow Briton Nick Yelloly, no stranger to FRenault having contested last year’s Winterseries, in the Silverstone-based team’s line-up. Hitech Junior Team Principal David Hayle is happy with the performance of all his drivers in recent testing and now looks forward to his team’s debut season on the BTCC support package.
“We’re delighted to have Jordan on board,” said Hayle. “We now have a terrific line-up of drivers in the team and I’m sure Jordan could be a serious title contender. We ran him in the recent tests at Snetterton and his performance was very impressive, running second quickest on day one.
“Equally the other three drivers in the team have all gone exceptionally well in pre-season testing, and all of them bring their own blend of enthusiasm and knowledge to the team so we’re looking forward to what promises to be an exciting first year in the Formula Renault UK Championship.”
The team will continues its extensive test programme at Oulton Park on Wednesday (March 18) before returning to its home track of Silverstone next week. The opening rounds of the championship will take place on the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit the following weekend April 4/5.