Top British talent joins series just in time for Magny-Cours
22-year-old British racer Jon Lancaster today (Wednesday) announced he is to contest the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship, beginning this weekend with rounds three and four in Magny-Cours.
The F2 newcomer from Leeds, already a proven race-winner in Formula Renault 3.5, has been getting his first taste of the JPH1B F2 single-seater during todays official test session at the French circuit before competing this weekend (13-15 May).
The Brit is expected to be on the pace from the start having raced previously at Magny-Cours a regular on the Grand Prix calendar until 2008 in the Renault series.
As well as two successful seasons in Formula Renault 3.5, racking up pole positions, podiums and race wins, Jon has also competed in the Formula 3 Euro series and Formula Renault Eurocup, taking wins in both.
Speaking on his decision, Jon said: Id been considering a move to F2 for a while although weve had to rush to make it in time for the Magny-Cours test! I only arrived at the track this morning at 6am so Im just trying to get up to speed.
I have raced at the French circuit before and have done a shakedown in the car at Bedford so that should help this weekend. So far I really like the car and am getting used to the specific driving style.
Commenting on his aims for this season Jon added: I only have one goal for this season and thats simply to win and pick up the Williams F1 test.
Formula Two Series Director Jonathan Palmer added: "Were delighted that Jon has chosen to race in F2 this year. He is already a very accomplished driver with plenty of experience behind him and despite being unfamiliar with the car, I have no doubt hell be a frontrunner right from the start.
Rounds three and four of the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship take place at Magny-Cours on 13-15 May with official testing taking place today. For full coverage of todays test and all the action from the weekend visit www.formulatwo.com