Whangarei driver Leo Scott is graduating up to a Class 1 Formula Ford for the upcoming New Zealand Formula Ford Festival in Christchurch.
Scott has spent the past two seasons in the New Zealand Formula First championship, which has its final round this weekend in Taupo.
The 17-year-old snared his maiden win in the New Zealand Grand Prix weekend at Hampton Downs in January. He currently sits fourth in the standings with three races left to play out.
Scott will participate in the festival with Track Tec Racing, driving a brand-new Ray GR20, imported by John Crawford’s company, Motorsport Solutions, who are the official RAY distributor for New Zealand.
Chalking out his goals for the festival, Scott targets top ten results in every race.
“Looking forward to the NZ Formula Ford Festival as there will be lots of cars and the biggest field I have raced in,” Scott said.
“I am excited to race on Ruapuna because after practising there, it is my favourite track. [It is] quite technical and challenging.
“Working with Track Tec Racing has been awesome, the car was well set up, they are very organised and a great team to be around.
“Goals for the Festival is to get a podium finish and be in the top ten each race. Long term motorsport goals are to get podiums and wins in the Formula Ford and race the Castrol Toyota Racing Series FT60.”
Track Tec Racing team manager Matt Water says Scott’s opportunity is part of the team’s goals to assist budding Kiwi drivers in stepping up to Formula Ford.
“We’ve come to know Leo quite well this season whilst doing the NZ Formula First Series with upcoming driver, Louis Sharp,” Waters said.
“We are excited to be partnering with him for the NZ Formula Ford Festival.
“Giving young talented drivers opportunities to stretch themselves and develop their motorsport career absolutely aligns with our goals at Track Tec Racing.”
The Formula Ford Festival will be held over April 30 – May 1.
The winner of the event’s feature race awarded the chance to race in the UK Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch.
The weekend will also act as the final round for the ITM Formula Ford Championship, which Auckland racer Matthew McCutcheon currently leads.