South American driver Fernando Urrutia will make his UK racing debut with the SWR Caterham F1 Driver Development Programme Team in this year’s BRDC Formula 4 Winter Series.
Partnering category podium finisher Jordan Albert at the Chipping Norton squad for the eight race championship, which begins on 8th/9th November at Snetterton in Norfolk, the Mexican will arrive in the series with a strong pedigree from karting and his burgeoning car racing career.
Winning the Easy Kart Championship in 2008, Urrutia went on to win the Cuautla Championship in 2010 and was selected to represent the State of Morelos two years later in the ‘Mexican Heading to F1’ (Mexicano Rumbo a la F1) racing programme.
Graduating into cars with initial experience in Formula Vee and Formula 2000, he was named Rookie of the Year in 2013 after ending the F2000 campaign fifth overall. During the early part of this year, Urrutia finished second in the PanamGP Spring Series and he is currently the most successful driver in the main PanamGP Series with one victory, a second place and two pole positions.
“In European competition the best drivers are produced and that’s why we’re going to the UK”, he commented, “I hope to become a worthy representative of Mexico. We´ve decided to compete in the [BRDC] Formula 4 Winter Series because it’s very competitive, the world’s top karting drivers are going there and this will be an important experience for my career.
“Racing in Europe is one of my goals and it’s a dream come true. There are possibilities to race in 2015 in this championship or others. However, for now, I want to focus on the Formula 4 Winter Series, get good results and later we’ll see what happens.”Urrutia arrives in the UK with backing from DENER, BenQ, HP and Mac Computers and he is mentored by former Formula 3 racer and Formula Ford 1600 driver Alfonso Toledano, who is also the PanamGP promoter.
Commenting on Urrutia’s signing, SWR Caterham team owner Sean Walkinshaw said: “It’s great news to have two drivers now confirmed for the BRDC F4 Winter Series, Fernando is a very exciting young racer and a promising talent from South America. We all know how competitive BRDC F4 is but I’m sure he’s going to make big strides over the course of the championship.”
Rounds one, two, three and four of the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Series will take place over the weekend 8th/9th November at Snetterton with the final four races following at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on 22nd/23rd November.