Alex Quinn, who last year became the National Karting Vice-Champion, has become one of the first drivers to be announced for the 2016 MSA Formula season. After a successful year, he won the support of the Racing Steps Foundation and has been rewarded with a space at the Fortec Motorsports team.
The 14 year-old CRG factory driver from Camelford in Cornwall scooped the fully-funded drive at the end of a three day, 10-driver assessment staged by the not-for-profit Foundation last month.
This won’t be the first year that Fortec has housed a RSF driver with Josh Smith having completed a full season with them this year as he made his rookie début, picking up one win at Croft along the way.
RSF started in 2007 and Quinn thus now becomes the tenth driver to have be added to their roster, with James Calado and Oliver Turvey having already graduated from the project.
“Alex impressed the entire team of assessors with his all-round capabilities,” said RSF co-ordinator Derek Walters. “His times on the simulator and in the MSA Formula car at Rockingham were competitive from the word go and not so far off the datum set by one of our more senior drivers.”
“Considering it was his first time in a single-seater, his feedback and set-up understanding were impressive too. It will be a tough championship for Alex to cut his teeth on but we’ll give him all the support he needs to hit the ground running.”
Quinn does not know who his team-mates will be, but will start his winter testing regime in the next few weeks with the support of the RSF.