After two years in the Ginetta Junior Championship, Dan Zelos has decided to move on to pastures new. The seventeen-year-old recently tested an MSA Formula car around Donington Park, and lapped competitively.
Zelos has already had a successful career, having finished fourth in the two seasons he had in Ginetta Juniors, picking up two victories and sixteen podiums. However; he will be disappointed not to have collected the title.
More recently, the Norfolk based driver has been testing the MSA Formula car, in lieu of a seat next season. He drove the JHR Developments car, that has this season allowed Sennan Fielding to clinch a few victories on his way to fourth in the championship.
“I felt very excited ahead of the test and admittedly also a little bit nervous, as it was my first time in a single-seater and being an ‘open pit-lane’ day, I knew there would be a lot of other fast cars out there,” Zelos reflected. “That said, the team gave me some data to look through and a video to watch beforehand by way of preparation and Sennan was on-hand to offer advice, which really helped.
“It was the first time I had driven on slick tyres in cars, and the hardest part was getting the heat into them. I also had to get my head around the fact that the quicker you go round corners, the more grip you have available – that’s slightly counter-intuitive, so you have to train yourself to ignore what your brain is telling you!”
Zelos knows that other options are available, but considering the success of previous Ginetta Junior driver, Lando Norris, MSA Formula would be a logical step. He also recently spoke to TCF about his time in the category.
“I still have other options to try out and assess over the coming weeks in terms of what I’ll be doing next year, but driving the MSA Formula car has certainly given me something to think about…”