Ilott makes FIA F2 race debut, Norris to race at Daytona

The Britons Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam) and Lando Norris (Carlin), both successful in the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship, look forward to a debut: while Ilott will make his FIA Formula 2 race debut , this weekend at Silverstone, Norris will make – in January 2018 – his first appearance in the famous Daytona 24h Race, the Rolex 24.

To date, the 17-year old Norris mainly raced single-seaters and did so very successfully. He won numerous titles and is contesting his first full FIA Formula 3 European Championship season – and he also delivered in this category. With 15 rounds of the season contested he already has got three race wins, 10 podiums and three poles on his tally. Furthermore, he holds third position in the championship and the lead in the rookie classification.

In the coming off-season, the McLaren Junior now wants to contest the Daytona 24h Race. He will drive a Ligier JS P217 for Team United Autosports and already looks forward to the new task: “I’m looking forward to racing at Daytona – it will be an exciting one-off challenge competing in sports cars. The Rolex event and the Speedway track are both world famous. The experience will provide me with an opportunity to stay race sharp and physically fit during the winter, important elements for me heading into the 2018 season, while at the same time having some fun in one of the world’s greatest sports-car endurance races. The Ligier will be totally new for me and the first car I’ve raced with a roof since a Ginetta in 2014 but I’m certain I’ll adapt quickly.“

While the famous endurance race will be held only in late January 2018, Callum Ilott will join the FIA Formula 2 at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone as early as this weekend. He is contesting his third FIA Formula 3 European Championship season and also celebrated three race wins, to date. Furthermore, he secured three second places, one third place and four pole positions. In addition, he holds fourth position in the championship.

For his FIA Formula 2 race debut he secured a one-off race seat at Team Trident. “I’m really happy to make my F2 race debut at the British Grand Prix, competing in front of the famous home crowd that so many drivers have described as a special and unique experience,” says Ilott. “It’s a great opportunity to get a chance to race in a category I have definitely got my eye on for the future. The opportunity has come together late so we had no chance to get on the simulator or spend much time with the engineers unfortunately.  Nonetheless, I still want to make the most of the weekend. I’d really like to thank Rene Rosin and Prema for enabling me to race this weekend.”