BRDC finalises 2009 Superstars line up

The British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) has announced that cousins Adam and Riki Christodoulou, Andy Meyrick and Dean Stoneman will take the final four places in its 2009 Superstars young driver programme.

 This makes a total of 13 drivers who will be supported  by  the  Superstars  programme  for  2009,  as  opposed  to  the  previously announced total of 12. “It was simply impossible to settle on just 12 drivers for 2009”, commented Tim Harvey, Director of the BRDC Superstars initiative. “There is such a wealth of British talent out there at the moment, we could not leave any   of   our   chosen   drivers   off   the   programme,   besides,   I   have   never   been superstitious so 13 will present no problem for me!”

The initiative, now in its second year, will support young drivers from a cross-section of motor racing disciplines and championships, ranging from single-seater racing in Formula 2, Formula 3 and Formula Renault to British Touring Cars, Le Mans and GT series drivers. Adam   Christodoulou   joins   the   celebrated   Superstars   programme   following   his Formula  Renault  UK  championship  win  in  2008.  Adam  has  commenced  his  2009 season   with   confidence   as   winner   of   Round   One   of   the   2009   Star   Mazda Championship at Sebring, Florida on 20th March.

Cousin Riki set the fastest time at Snetterton during the first official test session of the 2009 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series last month. He enjoyed the first taste of Fortec’s Dallara F309 chassis and was just over a second quicker than the Norfolk circuit’s official lap record. His final programme will be confirmed shortly as he continues to evaluate opportunities for 2009. Formula  3  National  Class  race  winner  Andy  Meyrick  will  step  up  to  the  highly competitive  Le Mans  Series  this  year,  following a successful test for the Kolles LMP squad. The  23-year-old  racer,  who  was  looking  likely  to  win  the  British  F3  National Class last year before being forced to pull out with a serious illness, will contest the five-race  series. 

The  first  race  of  the  season  will  kick  off  in  Barcelona  on  3rd   April. Andy will be racing in the pioneering diesel-powered Audi R10 TDi, the same car that not only won Le Mans, but also secured the LMS, ALMS and Petit Le Mans titles in 2008. Alpine  Motorsport’s  Dean  Stoneman,  from  Southampton,  set  the  early  pace  by going quickest in all four sessions of the first official Formula Renault UK with Michelin Championship  pre-season  test  at  Rockingham  Motor  Speedway  on  24th   and  25th February. Now in his second season after winning the Graduate Cup last year, the 18-year-old single-seater racer claimed the fastest time of the two-day session, and is joint  title  favourite  with  Fortec  Motorsport’s  and  fellow  BRDC  Superstar,  James Calado.

The complete line up for the 2009 BRDC Superstars programme is:

JONATHAN ADAM - British Touring Car Championship

WAYNE BOYD - British Formula 3 International Series

 JAMES CALADO - Formula Renault UK Championship

 ADAM CHRISTODOULOU   - Star Mazda Championship

RIKI CHRISTODOULOU – To be confirmed

SEAN EDWARDS - Porsche Supercup

STUART HALL - Le Mans Series

ANDREW JORDAN - British Touring Car Championship

ANDY MEYRICK – Le Mans Series

JASON MOORE - Formula 2

ALEXANDER SIMS - Formula 3 Euro Series

 DEAN STONEMAN – Formula Renault UK Championship

OLIVER TURVEY - Formula Renault 3.5 Series

BRDC Superstars Director, Tim Harvey, concludes: “It is my pleasure to confirm the four  drivers  who  are  completing  the 2009  Superstars  programme  team.  I  am  very much looking forward to commencing our second year of support for young British drivers and to developing the initiative even further. “

As  announced  previously,  each  of  the  Superstars  will  continue  to  receive  direct assistance in all aspects of professional motor sport. This includes help with physical and mental training, career guidance, team building skills, marketing advice, access to industry seminars and workshops with BRDC Members and other influential people within motor sport.”

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