Chinese driver Zhuo “Daniel” Cao has announced that he’ll compete in the upcoming 2017 F4 British Championship with Double R Racing. The move completes the cosmopolitan line-up as the team increase their presence after a year with only one permanent driver.
The multiple-karting champion comes into the season with much to learn about the car having competing in only one of the official British F4 tests. Cao will need to learn quickly as the first round takes place on the 1-2 April at Brands Hatch, the same circuit at which he tested.
Cao will not enter the season as a rookie though, he made a one-off appearance in the Chinese Formula 4 Championship at the end of last season, collecting pole position in his first race as well as two podium finishes.
Prior to that, he’s won a number of far-east titles including twice the Japan Rotax Junior Championship as well as the China CKC Junior Karting Championship, of which he finished runner-up in the Senior ranks. After some karting in Europe the 15-year-old looks to make his first permanent step into single-seaters.
“It’s fantastic to complete our British F4 line-up with plenty of time left before the start of the season. We’re all looking forward to working with Daniel this year,” commented Double R team boss Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt.
“He’s still very young and has a lot to learn, but he’s enjoyed some great success in karting and on his debut in Chinese F4 last year so there’s a lot to build on.”
His team-mates will be Linus Lundqvist, the Formula STCC champion as well as Karl Massaad, who himself has a rich karting history in his native country.
“I’m very happy to be making my UK debut in British F4 with a team as experienced and high-profile as Double R,” said Cao.
“There’s a lot for me to learn, the car and the circuits, but I’m sure it’s going to be a great season and I’m really looking forward to it. Everyone knows how tough the championship is, with a lot of quick drivers, but I’m hoping to make strong progress as the season unfolds.”