Malaysian 16-year-old Rahul Raj Mayer is the latest driver to join the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, competing with the Hillspeed team alongside British racer Struan Moore.
Mayer, who originates from Kuala Lumpur, arrives in UK motorsport off the back of a strong season in the 2012/2013 Formula Gulf 1000 Championship in the Middle East, where he secured a maiden race victory together with eight podiums from 12 races.
Prior to this the teenager, who becomes the championships fifth overseas competitor, has enjoyed success in the Malaysian Super Series Asia Classic Car Challenge, finishing second overall. During his formative karting career, Rahul was also a front-runner in the Asian Open KF3 Championship, the Asian Open KF2 Championship, Rotax Max Challenge and Yamaha SL Cup.
Rahul said: I am indeed very happy to be given an opportunity to race in BRDC Formula 4 by my parents. The races are run on some of the most popular race tracks in the UK and this will, no doubt, give me good exposure and allow me to hone my skills further.
During the season I am going to work hard on my way to the top and hopefully pick up some sponsors on the way as well. I hope to maintain my previous records of being consistent in all my races instead of just the one fast lap. I look forward to working closely with Hillspeed, who I am sure will be able to support me in achieving my goals.
Hillspeed Team Principal Richard Ollerenshaw added: Rahul has clearly shown a huge amount of promise so far in his young career and while the BRDC Formula 4 Championship will be a big step-up in terms of competitiveness, Im confident he has the ability and pace to quickly become one of the main front-runners along with Struan Moore.