Van der Watt drives Formula Renault 3.5 machine, set for step to Afrix Ferrari
Cape Town’s SA Formula Ford championship frontrunner Julian van der Watt enjoyed probably the most exciting day in his race career to date when the 19-year old tested a Formula Renault 3.5 in Welkom on Tuesday.
“We went to Phakisa to test the Formula Renault in order for me to prepare to drive the Ferrari A1GP that I am keen to race in the new Afrix series that’s due to be launched next week,” Julian explained. Afrix has invited van der Watt to drive the A1GP machine on Wednesday and that required Julian to first test the 300kW Formula Renault World Series machine powered by with a 3.5-litre V6 engine in preparation for a run in the more powerful Ferrari next week.
The Bishopscourt driver headed up to Gauteng for a seat fitting last week before Tuesdays’s first test. “I settled into the car very quickly and adapted well to the extra power and the downforce.” Julian confirmed. “The test went really well — I got down to a few very good lap times and I was happy to feel at one with the car by the end of the session. “The next step is to drive the Renault and then the A1GP Ferrari around Zwartkops on Wednesday’s series launch the series.”
“This is a huge opportunity for me,” Julian admitted. “I am greatly Huge thankful to Afrix Motorsport, Race driver SA and Investchem for all the help and assistance. “Now I just can’t wait for Wednesday!”
From Zwartkops, Julian’s motorsport adventure will continue at the MSA Motorsport Development Academy where he is one of 18 young South African race drivers selected to the elite program set to run in and around Pretoria 3-5 July.