Pair To Fight It Out For Racing Steps Seat

Promising young British drivers Oliver Rowland and Dan Wells will race in the upcoming Formula Renault UK Winter Series to compete for a fully-funded drive in the 2011 Formula Renault UK Championship.

The pair have been selected by the Racing Steps Foundation after an assessment by a panel of experts that included the Foundation's Ambassador John Surtees, karting authority Martin Hines and Fortec Motorsport boss Richard Dutton. Over 20 drivers were assessed in the process, which involved psychometric and simulator tests, a comprehensive physiological assessment and a day’s on-track evaluation at Rockingham.

Rowland, 18, will be making his single-seater debut after winning the 2010 CIK-FIA Super KF and KF1 World Cup in karting. He will race for CRS Racing. Wells, 19, is a late-comer to motorsport and has been competing in Formula Ford. He will drive for Fortec.

The pair will race head-to-head for the first time at the opening round of the Winter Series at Snetterton on November 6. The two-race meeting will be followed by four races at Pembrey on November 13 and 14. RSF will review the pair's on and off track performances before deciding whether to award one of the drivers the fully-funded drive for 2011.