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Young narrows sights on F1

Young narrows sights on F1

PHUKET: Phuket-based Australian racing driver Dylan Young’s prospects of reaching the pinnacle of motorsport – Formula One (F1) – have been given a boost, with the 22-year old receiving an offer to drive in the 2012 GP3 Series.

Friday 13 January 2012, 02:03PM

Dylan Young.

Dylan Young.

The GP3 series is two levels below F1, and races at all of the European Formula 1 Grand Prix events.

The offer comes from the Marussia Manor team, the junior squad of the Marussia Virgin F1 team. More importantly, the team gives its drivers the opportunity to have a test drive with the Marussia Virgin Formula 1 team in November.
The F1 test drive is awarded to the highest placed Marussia Manor GP3 driver at the conclusion of the 2012 championship, giving Young a one in three chance of getting the opportunity.

Young said: “It’s a big confidence boost to receive this offer and to know that despite the financial setbacks we have suffered for the last two years, people are still recognising my talent on the opportunities I have had to race.

“It’s a pretty exciting time to receive the GP3 offer from a prominent team and have the opportunity to drive the Marussia Virgin Formula 1 car this November. Even though I have to finish ahead of the other two Marussia team mates, I’m confident in my ability to do so.

“It’s something millions around the world dream of [to drive an F1 car] so I’ll be doing everything possible this year to win the F1 test. An F1 test this November would make me hungrier to achieve my goal of breaking into the pinnacle of motorsport and it would also assist me to develop myself as a driver to the next step in GP2 before finally banging down the door into F1.”

Dylan’s handlers are selecting a core group of long term European based sponsorship interests to support the career plan to Formula 1. However, Dylan says he is keen to reserve a place in the core sponsorship group for members of the Phuket business community.


The first pre-season test of the year takes place from February 21-22 and Young advised that if there is any interest on the island, sponsorship partnerships need to be in place around the testing dates.

Further tests are also scheduled in March and April before the commencement of the GP3 Series season at the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix in May.

The first stage of the career vision aims to begin with a GP3 series assault in 2012 before moving up to GP3’s big sister, the GP2 Series from 2013-2014 as a final preparation for a Formula 1 seat.

“I’m hoping with this career plan we have set out, that I can carry the Phuket name right into F1 in the coming years. As we are getting closer to Formula 1 it means we have some really exciting offers for anyone wanting to come onboard and I’m inviting people to contact me to find out what’s in store for these limited partnerships this season and in the next three years.”

It was Young’s stunning performance at last year’s Singtel Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix in the JK Racing Asia Series support event that particularly caught the eye of the Marussia Manor GP3 Series team, and they have since been in contact with Dylan about a drive for this season.

Dylan can be contacted directly at info@dylanyoungracing.com or by visiting dylanyoungracing.com.

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