Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing’s Jordan Cane can’t wait to get his BRDC British Formula 3 season underway as he gains confidence with each pre-season testing outing he undertakes. Cane however will have to wait until the third round of the year at Snetterton to make his bow, as he won’t turn the required 16 years of age until then.
“Testing is going really well,” said the fresh-faced Cane. “The car is amazing; unlike anything I have ever driven. It has all the aerodynamic specifications of an F1-type car. Obviously you don’t know exactly where you are until the start of the season which for me is the third round at Snetterton. I’m really focused and let’s see what we can do when we begin in Norfolk.”
Cane, who is graduating from the competitive US F2000 category, admits it will be difficult to watch his rivals take to the grid at both Oulton Park and Rockingham without him, but he is focused on preparing for his own season-opener. “It was hard during the Autumn Trophy to just test but not race. That is an unfortunate point of being under 16! It will be hard to see everyone go racing but you can only do what you can do, and I will be pushing hard come Snetterton,” he said.
Despite missing the first two rounds of the season, Cane is happy that he will be able to progress and learn without the pressure of competing for the title. “It does take some of the weight off your shoulders. If I won the championship it would be a pretty big shock,” he stated. “I’ve always taken the attitude of a year to learn and a year to win. I am British but haven’t raced on any British tracks, so I am just going to take it one race at a time and see what I can do,” he continued.
Cane has taken an atypical route to British F3, beginning in karts before joining the Skip Barber Racing School and then Formula Fords stateside, followed by US F2000. “I did two years in karting but the idea for me was that I wanted to be a race car driver,” he explained. “I wanted to get into a car as quickly as possible and the only option I had was the American route. I had an amazing year as a 14-year-old in Formula Fords during 2015 but 2016 was harder, but it taught me a lot of lessons.”
His switch to the UK’s leading single-seater category came about due to a relationship established with Formula Ford legend Cliff Dempsey. “We’ve got a great partnership with Cliff, who first taught me how to drive a race car. And of course Hillspeed have lots of great history racing in Britain,” he said.
Cane’s long-term goals are like many other drivers who join British F3. “It is every drivers dream to reach F1 but at the end of the day, if I have a job where I can drive racing cars and earn a living out of it, then I will be very happy!”
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