Joël Eriksson has become Team Motopark’s first ADAC Formula 4 driver for the inaugural season of the championship in Germany.
With the demise of the German Formula 3 championship following the end of the 2014 season, Formula 4 has become the desired series for prospective drivers, and Team Motopark have become also decided to race in the series this season, with Eriksson their first announced driver.
Joël is the younger brother of GP3 Series race winner and LMP2 sports car driver Jimmy Eriksson, who also made his debut in single seater racing with Team Motopark.
“We are very pleased to continue the long-lasting cooperation with the Eriksson family and their sponsoring partners OMNILINK that successfully began with Joel’s older brother Jimmy back in 2007,” said Team Principal Timo Rumpfkeil.
“We’ve got a long and trustful relationship with the Eriksson family. They know that we take good care of their guys and give our everything to turn them into mature professionals.
“Such a matter of trust is especially important for young graduates from karting, as they are often very young and inexperienced. So when the parents know the team is good for them, that’s already a very important step for things to come.
“We have seen what Joël Eriksson is capable of last year, which was still his scholarship year. Now, we set out to make I’m as successful as his older brother. He’s sure got what it takes for that.“
Eriksson himself is looking forward to getting started in Formula 4 this season, having raced to fifth place in the ADAC Formel Masters championship with the team in 2014, and believes he has a good chance of taking the title in 2015.
“I’m really looking forward to racing in the German F4 championship this year, and it was always my intention to do so with Team Motopark,” said the younger Eriksson. “We enjoyed a very good relationship in ADAC Formel Masters last season, and we’re all ready to take it to the next step in 2015.
“We’ve already gone through the basics of the new car in winter testing, and I think we’ve got every reason to be optimistic for the year ahead. My aim is to fight for the title, and while I appreciate that it certainly won’t be easy, I do believe that to be a fully realistic ambition.”