2013 BRDC Formula 4 Winter Championship winning outfit Douglas Motorsport have signed 2012 Rotax Max World Karting champion Charlie Eastwood as their first driver for the 2014 season.
The 18 year old is Ireland’s most successful karter, having picked up the Florida Winter Tour and European Rotax Euromax title’s this season alongside his world championship.
The Belfast-based driver is no stranger to the Douglas Motorsport squad, with team principal Wayne Douglas having raced with Charlie’s family in the early years of his own racing career.
“Wayne has been a big part of my family before I was even born! It’s great now that we have this opportunity to race with his team. He’s got lots of experience and I have a lot of respect for him as he’s a very quick driver which allows him to easily help people like me to make this transition,” said Eastwood, who tested the Douglas F4 car recently at Kirkistown.
“I’ve kept a close eye on the BRDC Formula 4 championship this year and it’s become really successful. The series requires a lot from drivers themselves to win and I certainly hope I can be in that position. Having spent nine years karting, I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the F4 car at Grand Prix spec circuits like Silverstone in 2014!”