Alex Connor follows in Lando Norris' footsteps with successful debut test in British F4

Sport360 staff 15:55 01/10/2018
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Alex Connor.

Alex Connor took a big step forward in his racing career following a successful debut test in British F4 at Croft.

The championship is designed as a low-cost entrance to motorsports racing and is aimed at young racing drivers moving up from karting, with Dubai-based teenager Connor following in the footsteps of Lando Norris who will be racing in Formula One for McLaren next year.

Not only was it Connor’s first test in a British F4 car, it was the first time he had driven a car of any kind.

However, the 14-year-old took the challenge in his stride and his graduation from karting couldn’t have got off to a better start, with the rookie impressing during two days of testing in the UK at the end of September.

Although he had no prior experience in a car, Connor had been working hard to prepare for the test. As part of the Young Racing Drivers Academy (YRDA) programme for the past 18 months, he has spent time at the Arden Motorsport factory simulator facility.

Under the guidance of Steve Hutchinson, he had been putting in lots of laps of the Croft and Anglesey circuits during the summer.

By the end of the first session, Connor’s confidence was there for all to see. He was adapting to the car a lot quicker than usual and given he had never been in a car before, his lap times were very impressive.

Lando Norris will become the youngest Formula One driver in British history next season.

Lando Norris will become the youngest Formula One driver in British history next season.

Following day two’s testing, everyone in the Arden Motorsport team and the YRDA were extremely impressed with Connor’s commitment.

“Overall the two days were really good and I was happy with what I had achieved,” said Connor.

“I left the track with a big smile on my face wanting to drive again. A second test session had been arranged in Anglesey.”

Academy director Steve Hutchinson was thoroughly impressed by what he saw from the teen.

“Alex Connor’s journey in single seater racing may only just be beginning but looking back on his first test at Croft, there are already so many positives and things to look forward to,” beamed Hutchinson.

“Over both test days he never put a wheel wrong and we were all very impressed with not only his progress, but his ability to implement our feedback and his consistency too.

“He had no fear on track and that allowed us to progress very quickly, something that doesn’t always happen with a driver of his age. He’s already showing all the traits of someone who can be successful in this class. There’s no doubt he has a bright future ahead.”

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