Phuket-based racing driver Dylan Young capped off a strong weekend in races 3 to 6 of the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship, with two top ten finishes amongst a competitive field of 18 international drivers.
The races were held at the same circuit as the opening two races of the series, the Buddh F1 Circuit in New Delhi, India between November 30 and December 2, where the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 cars led the bill as the fastest category at a huge racing carnival, the Sidvin Festival of Speed.
Young has continued his progression from the previous rounds, which were held in support of the Indian Formula 1 GP, with an improved performance by managing to finish in 11th, 10th, 9th and 11th places respectively over the four race weekend.
The 23-year-old Australian-born driver, who is sponsored by Ku Dé Ta Singapore and the Indigo Pearl Resort Phuket, managed to improve in every race of the weekend until the final race on Sunday when he was once again looking at a top ten finish before being forced off the circuit with a few laps to go.
Young showed his speed with a strong drive in race 3 of the weekend to 9th place, despite having to claw his way back through the field after another driver made contact with the rear of his car, spinning the Phuket racer off track and leaving him at the rear of the field before he battled his way back.
Young had mentioned after the first two races in the championship that he was confident of improved results with more track time in the next four race weekend, and he delivered on that promise.
But he still had his work cut out for him after qualifying didn’t go to plan, and he was forced to start the races in 15th position.
Young explained that maximising the tyres on the MRF Formula 2000 cars had been difficult: “I didn’t quite get the new set of tyres to operate at their maximum, and I actually went slower than in free practice when we were using an older set of rubber.
“It was quite strange but I was more confident to be racing on a used set of tyres – and that meant I could fight my way through the field and gain positions in the races as I knew we had some speed in the bank.”
Young is confident that he will be pushing even closer to the front of the grid in the upcoming races. “To be breaking into the top ten out of 18 cars is a massive confidence boost and I know I can mix it up the front. With the same amount of preparation as the top guys I believe I will then be able to be battling with them.
“I am showing though that I’m getting faster and faster with more seat time so I just want to keep the upwards trend in the results on a roll and again back up what I said previously by making another big improvement.”