With Support from Allan McNish, young kart driver Ross Martin will look to make his début in single-seaters next year after he competed in a BRDC Formula 4 test at the Bedford Autodrome.
The Scottish driver has had a successful year in which he collected the Formula Kart Stars title and set himself up for a promising career. At 15 years old, Martin is not old enough to compete in this years Autumn Trophy, but will be setting himself up for a space next year.
It was wet when he completed 50 miles around the Bedford Autodrome, but has since tested the car at other circuits. The young kart star more recently took the car around the Anglesey based circuit as he builds on his experience.
“I was very excited to drive an F4 single-seater for the first time, but it was obviously a shame about the weather,” said Martin, referring to his time in Bedford. “Nevertheless, it was a fantastic experience and I’m now even more determined to make the step-up to this category next season.”
“I’ve been especially pleased at how I’ve performed in karting this year. I was 100 per cent focused on winning the FKS championship from the start and, with nine podiums and just one non-finish from 10 race starts, I feel it’s a case of mission accomplished.”
Unlike many of his peers through, Martin has been able to get advice from Endurance racing driver, McNish. With the Scottish driver even visiting Martin, when he completed his first test.
Speaking to the Daily Record, McNish said; “Ross is one of the new generation of Scottish drivers coming through. He’s already had a phenomenally successful career in karts before monopolising Formula Kart Stars this year, which for me underlines his talent.”
“The weather for Ross’s first F4 test was miserable and he never got the opportunity to put on slicks. That said, he ran well and got up to speed and showed no fear in the difficult conditions.”
“I’ve monitored his progress in the latest tests and I am impressed with his maturity behind the wheel and his approach in taking things one step at a time, not rushing and learning with every lap.”
To top it off, Martin has also received backing from the Motor Sports Association, leaving the door open to join the UK’s other entry level category, MSA Formula.