Alexandra Marinescu, Darius Karbaley join Falcon Motorsport for MSA Formula

Falcon Motorsport is delighted to welcome Alexandra Marinescu and Darius Karbaley in two of its three Mygale FIA F4 challengers as the team heads to Brands Hatch for the 2015 “MSA Formula: Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost” Championship season opener.

Alexandra Marinescu was the first Romanian female driver to compete in a single-seater racing series. After participating in the 2014 Skip Barber Summer Series in the USA, Alexandra joined the first MSA Formula test at Brands Hatch in preparation for 2015.

"We chose MSA Formula as it is a new competition, which is supported by the FIA, and supports pilots who are just 15 years old. For me the first year in this season will be a learning year. I will try to build up my speed in every session and I’m pretty sure that I will find a good rhythm. Unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time for testing, so for the first race I will be acclimatising, but I’m pretty confident that the team will support me. Falcon Motorsport are deputy Formula Ford Champions and so we are very excited to be joining the team," said Alexandra, who turned 15 years of age in February.

Darius Karbaley is a 17 year old British karting star from Manchester. He steps up to single-seater racing with Falcon Motorsport; in 2012 he was fifth in the British national KF3 championship and 18th in Europe, before coming fourth in the Rotax Max Kartmasters Grand Prix in 2013.

"I am delighted to join Falcon Motorsport for what looks to be an exciting season,” said Darius. “I feel that this is the right series to make the transition from karting to car racing. Even though I have had little experience in the car I am confident that I will be competitive as the season progresses."Nick Streatfield, team owner, Falcon Motorsport added, “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to secure both Alexandra and Darius to race with Falcon Motorsport. Of course the deals have come together very late, but both drivers have huge potential and we relish the prospect of developing their talents. Brands Hatch will be a challenge against drivers who have been testing regularly, but I’m confident they will learn quickly and surprise many.”Following its launch at Silverstone in September there are now 20 confirmed drivers for the first round of Britain’s official version of the Formula 4 concept created by motorsport’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). As the new MSA Formula replaces British Formula Ford this season it will continue to be included on the British Touring Car Championship (TOCA) package as the only single-seater support series, with live TV coverage in the UK on the Sunday of each race event.

Established in 1989, initially under the banner of Streatfield Motorsport taken from its founder Nick Streatfield and then changed to Falcon Motorsport in 1994, the team has competed in a number of championships including British Formula 3, UK Formula Renault, BARC Formula Renault, Formula Ford, Formula Ford 2000 and Formula BMW.In 2014, the successful Oxfordshire based team achieved second place in the both the Dunlop Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Team Cup and Drivers’ Championship with BRDC Rising Star Harrison Scott.

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