Douglas Motorsport have become the choice of champions recently as they announce the first of their 2014 BRDC Formula 4 Championship drivers.
2012 Rotax Max Karting World Champion Charlie Eastwood is set to make his car-racing debut with Douglas Motorsport in 2014. The Belfast based driver is no stranger to this team as Team Principal Wayne Douglas raced with Charlie’s family in the early years of his own racing career. Now effectively turning full circle, Charlie joins Douglas for the most important step in his professional racing career to date.
Eastwood has spent nine years Karting up to a World Championship level becoming Irelands most successful Karter with titles including Rotax Max World Champion in 2012, Florida Winter Tour Champion and European Rotax Euromax Champion in 2013. Eager to make the transition to cars, Eastwood tested Douglas Motorsports Championship winning Formula 4 in Kirkistown earlier this month and immediately impressed the whole team. “Charlie was very impressive for a newcomer to cars,” commented Team Principal Wayne Douglas. “I’ve known the Eastwoods for many years now and enjoyed a lot of success in Karting myself racing with them in the early days of my own racing career. We’ve always kept in touch and we all now feel that the time is right for Charlie to make his transition from a hugely successful Karting career to the UK’s premier single seater championship. I believe there is some exciting times ahead for both the team and Charlie in F4.”
Speaking just as the deal was confirmed, Charlie outlined his delight at joining the Douglas Motorsport team and his thoughts ahead of 2014, “Wayne has been a big part of my family before I was even born! It’s great now that we have this opportunity to race with his team. He’s got lots experience and I have a lot of respect for him as he’s a very quick driver which allows him to easily help people like me to make this transition. I’ve kept a close eye on the BRDC Formula 4 championship this year and it’s become really successful which is great. For someone like me coming from Karts, this is a big step as with the sealed parts and limited setup changes, it requires a lot from drivers themselves to win and I certainly hope I can be in that position. Having spent nine years Karting, I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the F4 at Grand Prix spec circuits like Silverstone in 2014!”
Douglas Motorsport specialise in race car preparation and driver development. Led by experienced racing driver and former British Formula Vauxhall Champion Wayne Douglas, the wealth of experience available within the team is immense. For 2013, Douglas Motorsport will compete in the Ginetta GT Supercup and BRDC Formula 4 Championship along with providing Driver Development services through out the season.