Double R Racing have confirmed Brazilian racer Matheus Tobias Leist as their second driver for the inaugural MSA Formula season.
The 17 year old, who is managed by British F3 race-winner Danilo Dirani, graduated from karting to car-racing last year in the Brazilian F3 Light series.
Leist claimed two Class B victories and seven other podium finishes on his way to second in the class, as well as picking up three outright podium finishes.
“I am very pleased to race my first season in the UK with Double R and Boyo [Anthony Hieatt – Team Principal], he was Danilo’s engineer in his first year in F3 back in 2004,” said Leist,
“I know it is a very good team and I trust what Danilo says about racing in the UK, I am looking forward to the season and to having a lot of fun!”
Leist joins Indian teenager Tarun Reddy in Double R’s planned three-car entry in the championship this year, and is scheduled to have his first timed run in the MSA Formula car at Silverstone today (16 March).
“We’re delighted to have secured Matheus’ signature for MSA Formula, he’s a young driver with a lot of potential,” added Hieatt, “We’re all expecting MSA Formula to be hugely competitive, but Matheus’ F3 experience will stand him in good stead.”