Freddie Martin-Dye signs for Enigma in Formula Ford

Freddie used to be a top flight karter and a Racecar customer years ago and after a sabbatical to complete his studies is back in the hot seat.

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THREE-CAR SQUAD FOR ENIGMA IN FORMULA FORD

George Blundell, Olly Rae and Fred Martin-Dye sign with Stuteley

Enigma Motorsport will field a triple-strength team in this season’s Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, with three former karters stepping up to single-seaters for the first time.

Enigma, run by ex-Formula Ford race winner Linton Stuteley and Tom Farquhar, is preparing two Duratec-powered chassis for 19-year-old Essex driver George Blundell and Australian Olly Rae, 21, and will have one of the new EcoBoost Mygale chassis on the grid at Oulton Park for 23-year-old Fred Martin-Dye.

Blundell and Rae have tested their Mygales extensively and are looking forward to their first races. “My times are starting to come down,” says Blundell, “and I’m beginning to feel happier in the car. This is a big step for me and we’ll see how we go, but I hope to win the class a few times this season.” Grays-based Blundell has 10 years of karting behind him.

Rae, who has two years of karting experience in his native Western Australia, says he is “here to win”, adding: “I am just starting out and don’t know where it’s going to go, but you have to look up and try your best. I’m off the pace at the moment but I am beginning to get my head around driving something as large as a Formula Ford.”

Enigma’s third variation is Surrey-based Martin-Dye who, after showing great promise in karts between 2000 and 2006 has been out of the cockpit, latterly completing a degree in automotive engineering at Bath University. “It has all come together for me now to have a go at Formula Ford, and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Fred. “I have had only two days in the EcoBoost, however, and have never driven Oulton Park, so it’s going to be a steep learning curve.”

Team boss Stuteley hopes for a good season: “The aim is to get Oulton Park behind us, hopefully to pick up some points there, and then to concentrate on the rest of the year. Fred’s car is a borrowed one for the opening rounds, but hopefully we can sort him out with a new chassis after that. I think all three have good prospects once they have learned the ropes.”

The opening three rounds of the 2012 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain take place at Oulton Park between 7 and 9 April.