Australian racing driver and great friend to RF1, Dylan Young, will be back for another season of racing in this year’s MRF Challenge Championship.
The 14-race season opens this week at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi from October 29-31.
Melbourne-born Young will be the sole Australian driver in a highly-competitive field of international racers keen to prove they have what it takes to make it all the way up the motorsport ladder.
Young’s racing programme will be backed by the Melbourne Deluxe Property group, who will serve as his major sponsor across the season. Other sponsors joining in support will include the Melbourne Watch Company, IntelliTrac, Fillr, Original Mobiles and Bessr & Co Estate Agents.
Following the Abu Dhabi season-opener, the field then heads to Bahrain on 18-20 November where it will have support billing with the penultimate round of the 2015 GP2 Series and GP3 Series. Last year, Young impressively tested for the Hilmer Motorsports GP3 Series team at Abu Dhabi and will be hoping to catch the attention of these feeder championships’ teams.
The third round of the MRF Challenge will take place at the Dubai Autodrome between 17-19 December, followed by the season finale on 29-31 January at the Madras Motor Racing Track at Chennai, India.
Having had his hopes of graduating to this year’s GP3 Series thwarted by budget issues, Young was delighted to have been able to confirm his racing plans in a series where he has twice finished on the podium.
“It’s been a long year and there were some difficulties behind the scenes that put a stop to me jumping into GP3 earlier this year,” he said.
“However, most people know by now I’m a pretty tenacious guy and it’s been flat-out since the start of the year to keep my dream alive. I’m over the moon now to be getting back behind the wheel in what is a really competitive international championship. I have so many people to thank for believing in me and I’m grateful for the support of all my sponsors. I’ll be giving it everything I’ve got for maximum attack!”
The MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship is one of the fastest single-make open-wheel categories across Asia and the Middle East. The Formula 3 equivalent chassis is designed by Dallara and powered by a 2.0-litre Renault Sport engine delivering 210bhp and top speeds in excess of 260km/h.
Images via Dylan Young and XPB Images