Palmer to motor into Europe with new seat at ART Junior

Will Palmer (GBR) HHC Motorsport BRDC F4 SUS-151029-162054002
Will Palmer (GBR) HHC Motorsport BRDC F4 SUS-151029-162054002

Will Palmer will continue to motor forwards with his career by racing in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with renowned single-seater outfit ART Junior Team.

The 2015 BRDC F4 Champion and McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner will also compete in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup series with the French squad in 2016.

The 18-year-old, from Southwater, is excited to be taking his career to the next level as well as the prospect of racing at the world-famous Monaco.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to racing in Europe next year for the first time, especially in a series as competitive as Formula Renault Eurocup, which has produced many great drivers in the past.

“It’s also great to be joining the ART Junior Team, who I have experience of working with having raced with them at Silverstone last year.

“They have a long and successful history in the series, and I am confident that together we will be able to hit the ground running when the season gets underway in April.”

The BRDC Rising Star enjoyed a stunning 2015 season, dominating the BRDC Formula 4 Championship with 12 wins from 24 races.

He also made his first foray into Formula Renault 2.0 with an eye-catching performance in the Eurocup series at Silverstone with ART last September, finishing the final race of the weekend as top rookie.

Formula Renault 2.0 is one of the most competitive single-seater series in Europe with grids regularly averaging over 30 cars, and graduates include current F1 drivers Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa and McLaren third driver Stoffel Vandoorne.

The Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season features seven events at a number of Europe’s most well-known circuits including four contemporary Grand Prix tracks: Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, the Red Bull Ring and a showpiece race around the streets of Monaco supporting the F1 Grand Prix in May.

The Northern European Championship additionally visits the Hungaroring, Nurburgring and Hockenheim in a seven-event calendar and includes a home UK round for Will, at Silverstone on 14/15 May.

Palmer added: “By combining a programme in Eurocup with one in NEC, I will have the opportunity to learn a huge number of high-profile circuits in Europe including Monaco, which will be an incredible track to race at.”

Thibaut de Mérindol, principal of ART Junior Team, who have a strong pedigree in European single-seat racing, added: “We are delighted to enter Will as one of our drivers in both Eurocup and NEC Formula Renault 2.0.

“We were impressed by the efficiency of his race craft and by the development of his speed during his very first FR2.0 race meeting when he joined our team in Silverstone.

“We are looking forward to continuing our work with Will into this year and have very high expectations for both championships.”

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