Deneyssen ready to start British championship assault at Snetterton
Snetterton in Norfolk, England sets the scene for the first round of the British Formula 4 championship on Easter Sunday and Monday 27-28 March and it’s going to be a big weekend for Somerset West Cape lightie Eugene Deneyssen, who makes his international race debut that weekend.
Former double South African karting champion Deneyssen has been putting in the testing miles as he prepares for the season ahead, although the typical Blighty winter weather has been a challenge. “Someone’s left the tap on — it’s so wet in England!” the 19-year old complained. But it hasn’t dampened my spirits and testing has gone very well.
“Past Monday’s Formula 4 test day was my first time out in the dry at Snetterton and I was 1.5sec off the pace, so I’m quite confident we will be up there in the front pack for the first race, but we have a bit more work to do before race day with next week’s testing at Spa and then straight from there to the first race. “I think I’m ready, so bring it on!”
Deneyssen is driving for Sean Walkinshaw Racing in this year’s series, which switches to an all-new state of the art Taatus F4-016 chassis powered by a stronger-for-2016 175kW 2-litre Cosworth engine — in essence a mini-Formula 1 car racing in a series two or three rungs down the ladder from the real thing.
The British Formula 4 championship runs over six rounds across England plus an away race at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium and each race weekend comprises practice, qualifying and three race heats.
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Image Caption: Eugene Deneyssen is all set for his British Formula 4 debut over Easter weekend