JHR Developments recruit McLaren AUTOSPORT finalist Fielding for MSA Formula

JHR Developments land hotly-tipped teenager Fielding for MSA Formula debutMcLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award finalist to spearhead squad's challengeDerbyshire outfit bidding to convert tin-top triumphs into single-seater success

Front-running British motorsport outfit JHR Developments has pulled off a major coup by signing McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award finalist Sennan Fielding to head up its driver line-up for the inaugural, ITV4-televised MSA Formula campaign in 2015.Having established itself as a dominant force throughout the junior echelons of UK motor racing since its foundation back in 1995 – claiming no fewer than eight titles and becoming the first team to win a race in every support series to the high-profile Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) – JHR is now extending its expertise into the single-seater realm by entering MSA Formula, the eagerly-anticipated successor to British Formula Ford.The Dronfield-based operation will run two cars in the championship, with 19-year-old Fielding the first driver to be confirmed. What’s more, the Chesterfield ace – who lives just down the road from JHR in Derbyshire and raced for the squad during his rookie year in cars in 2012, speeding to the runner-up laurels in the Ginetta Junior Championship – has a burgeoning reputation within the sport.In 2013, he was honoured as the Racing Steps Foundation MSA Young Driver of the Year and last season he competed in BRDC Formula 4, winding up fourth overall amongst the 27 high-calibre contenders with four victories to his credit – including a peerless hat-trick at the legendary ‘Home of British Motor Racing’, Silverstone.Those triumphs led to Fielding being selected as one of just six finalists for the prestigious McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award – and with the talented teenager’s career firmly in the ascendancy, JHR team principal Steven Hunter predicts great things ahead.“I’m absolutely delighted to have Sennan back with us at JHR,” he enthused. “We enjoyed a lot of success together in 2012, and watched him grow and progress in single-seaters last year – so when the opportunity arose for us to work together again, we were keen to see if we could help Sennan stay in single-seaters in 2015.“He is not only an extremely gifted driver but also a great guy out of the car with an impeccable work ethic, and I have no doubt that his experience and ability will play a key role in helping us to develop JHR’s budding single-seater arm.“MSA Formula is an exciting new championship, and single-seaters are an exciting new challenge for us – and we couldn’t have a better driver on-board than Sennan as we target consistently strong results over the 2015 campaign.”Those sentiments are shared by Fielding, whose long-term goal is to follow in the wheeltracks of the likes of Ayrton Senna, Jenson Button, David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine – all of whom used MSA Formula’s predecessor Formula Ford as a powerful springboard on the road towards Formula 1 superstardom.“We were evaluating a few different avenues for this year to move my career forward, and whilst I had options in GT racing too, I was keen to remain in single-seaters and get some more experience under my belt there,” he explained.“When Steven approached us about racing in MSA Formula, it was immediately of interest because it’s a new championship with a lot of potential and the right people behind it. The BTCC support package is clearly the place to be as a young British driver; it’s a superb shop window and offers unrivalled exposure, with more than 20 million people tuning in live on ITV4 – and that in turn makes it easier to attract sponsors.“Rejoining JHR does feel a little like a homecoming in some ways. I’ve known Steven for a long time and have always had a good relationship with him, and I’m excited to be back in the JHR family – I’m sure we can both get the best out of each other.“Results don’t lie, and you only have to look at the statistics to see that JHR succeed in pretty much whatever they do. It’s a team of consummate professionals, so whilst I’m under no illusions that it will be a tough challenge this year, I have every confidence they will give me the tools to do the job.”

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