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Kart star eyeing double title challenge with Fortec

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International junior kart champion Oliver York is eyeing a double title challenge as he joins Formula 4 grid with Fortec Motorsports.

The IAME X30 international junior kart and Super One champion will contest the Ford F4 Challenge Cup, but isn’t ruling out a fight for the overall British Formula 4 crown.

“I’m very excited to join the F4 British Championship with Fortec Motorsports,” York said. “It’s the world’s most competitive junior single-seater series, with live television coverage and thousands of trackside spectators at every meeting.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me to showcase my talent against some of the fastest and most exciting motor racing prospects.”

York is the first product of the team’s junior driver test programme to progress to Formula 4. The teenager also gets support from Andy Priaulx Sports Management.

“Being part of the Fortec Motorsports junior driver programme has been a key part of my development and the fantastic support of APSM has accelerated my progression further,” he said. “I hope we can carry my championship-winning moment from karting into cars this season.”

It will be a tough year for York as the grid is shaping up to be extremely competitive, but the youngster has already impressed in preseason testing, finishing in the top three in his debut test at Brands Hatch.

“Oliver has a lot to learn, but he is unquestionably a very talented and promising young racer,” said team manager Dan Mitchell. “He’s a double karting champion so comes into this season with a winning mentality.

“It’s going to be a tough year with the British F4 grid shaping up to be incredibly competitive yet again, but we’re confident Oliver can go really well in 2017.

“We’re very keen to do an excellent job with him this season, especially after how well he has performed in testing.”

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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