The F4 British Championship has announced another rookie, with Lebanese driver Karl Massaad being added to their ranks. The 18-year-old will join the Double R Racing team for the upcoming season.
It will be a venture into the unknown for Massaad, who only has a few days of testing under his belt so far. Prior to this he’s had experience karting in his home country as well as in the X30 Super Shifter ranks, finishing third in the European and fifth in the World Championships.
“Karl is a mature and smart driver and certainly has the potential to go a long way in single-seater racing from what we have seen so far”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt. “He’s only had a very limited amount of time in the car up to now but has made significant progress.
“He’s a great young talent to work with and actually reminds me very much of a young Carlos Heurtas [former Formula BMW and British Formula 3 racer with Double R]. We’re sure Karl is going to be a driver to watch as the season unfolds. We’ve got high hopes for him.”
Massaad, who is also managed by Middle East Motorsports Management, will join the already announced Linus Lundqvist as he prepares for a season with the Double R squad.
“Being my first year in cars, I want to get up to speed as quickly as possible and hopefully push for the top five in the championship. That would be amazing.” said Massaad.
“For sure, I want to try to take two or three podiums and then my aim is to try to move into F3 the year after. I’ve only had six days of testing so far, but it’s gone well and I’m quite confident for the season. It’s amazing to be working with a team like Double R in my first season in cars.”
The Lebanese driver and many of his compatriots have been testing at Brands Hatch Indy today.