Archie Hamilton is set to join the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB series as he aims to establish himself in the sportscar world.
Hamilton turns 19 just before the start of the season and will be joining top team Red Line Racing to contest the pro-am1 category after racing in Formula Ford and Formula Renault.
Some drivers set out with the ultimate goal of Formula 1, Archie is a little more realistic on this subject “To get to Formula 1 you need millions of pounds and we don't have that,” he said. “So we looked at various options and the Carrera Cup looked very good. It's all about me in the car and the result I get is down to me. It’s a big step, but I can’t wait.”
Hamilton had a taster of what to expect last week as he took to the track for a test session at Snetterton under the guidance of 2008 champion and motor sport veteran Tim Harvey.
With sponsors still to be announced the young driver has a clear plan in front of him, “The aim is that I’ll do pro-am1 this year and then step up to the pro category for 2011.”
Team boss Simon Leonard has high hopes for his new driver and thing that he’ll be a rising star in 2010, “He’s going to be a good prospect. I’m looking forward to getting him up to speed,” said Leonard.
It’s clear where Archie Hamilton gets his racing influences from as his grandfather Duncan won the 1953 Le Mans 24-hour race and was a leading charater in the sport, he also competed in 20 Formula 1 races including the British Grand Prix between 1948 and 1953.
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