Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing's American driver Chase Owen is happy with the progress he is making during pre-season testing as he gears up for his maiden campaign in BRDC British Formula 3.
“Testing is going pretty well. I am still getting used to the car and breaking myself in. The past couple of days I feel like I have made good progress in terms of the handling and pushing the car to the limit. I am keeping my head down and just keeping chugging away,” Owen said.
The 24-year-old graduates to the UK’s premier single-seater category having finished as runner-up in last year’s UK Formula Ford 1600 National Championship, having made the switch to European competition from his native United States. He said: “The only type of racing I did in the US was Skip Barber. My first proper year of racing was that so the British circuits feel really great. The competition in Europe is awesome.”
Driving the Tatuus-Cosworth car used in the BRDC British F3 Championship is a step-up from his machinery from last year, but the Texan is enjoying the challenge. “The cars are much different. These are a huge step-up. They are beasts compared to what I’ve driven before. It has been a big learning curve,” he commented.
Owen admits that his interest in British F3 was piqued by the continuing success of overseas drivers in the championship. “The overall level of competition in Britain is great. It is the home of motorsport. That was why I came over here, to see if I could compete on this level with the best drivers in the world. I think I proved last year that I could and hopefully I can prove this year that I can too!”
Owen knows that he will be up against some of the most talented young drivers in single-seater motorsport, but is nevertheless determined to show his talent in British F3. “Oulton Park was the first round of the year for me in 2016 and I did really well, so I am confident going there. I want to make the best start that I can. I am here to compete and my goal is to win. I will take it one race at a time though and see where it takes me,” Owen said.
The 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 season gets underway at Oulton Park on Easter Weekend (15-17 April).
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