Reigning US Formula 4 champion Hunter Yeany will make his debut in the BRDC British F3 Championship with Fortec Motorsports at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend (23-25 July).
The 16-year-old from Virginia, United States is currently a front-runner in the Formula Regional Americas Championship. Yeany claimed pole position at Mid-Ohio and has scored points in all but one of his twelve race starts thus far.
Yeany’s graduation to Formula Regional came off the back of a dominant run to the US Formula 4 title in 2020, claiming seven victories and a further six podium finishes on his way to an eventual winning margin of 57 points.
Now, Yeany will make his European debut in single-seaters at the high-speed, sweeping 4.3-mile Spa circuit, famed for hosting the annual F1 Belgian Grand Prix.
He joins new team-mates Roberto Faria and Mikkel Grundtvig in the UK’s premier tier of single-seater racing, with Daventry-based Fortec looking to maintain their recent run of form after scoring a first victory and a fifth podium of the campaign at Donington Park a fortnight ago.
Three practice sessions will kick off Yeany’s debut outing on Friday, ahead of an all-important qualifying session at 18:15 CET that evening. Saturday features the opening two races at 14:20 and 18:40, with one further race on Sunday at 10:50.
Fortec Team Manager Oliver Dutton said: “I’m delighted to welcome Hunter to our British F3 team for Spa-Francorchamps this weekend. He’s a great talent, with a really good attitude and a real drive to do well, so I’m sure our focus on driver development will suit him down to the ground.
“We’ve had a really good run of form recently, and Hunter arrives with an exceptional CV back home in the States. I think all the ingredients are there for this to be a very positive partnership.”
Hunter Yeany said: “I'm super excited to make my debut in Europe, it's been delayed with COVID restrictions, but I can't thank Fortec enough for giving me the opportunity to race a Formula 3 car at Spa.
“Fortec is highly-regarded and I'm looking forward to working with the whole team to make sure we hit the ground running and put our best foot forward from the very start.”
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