Scheckter to limit racing next year

Newly-signed Jaguar Racing test driver Tomas Scheckter is to drastically limit his racing programme for next year in order to concentrate on his Formula 1 testing duties, he told this week's Autosport magazine

Scheckter to limit racing next year

Scheckter had considered competing in Formula 3000 after competing in the last four rounds of this year's championship with the McLaren junior team, but the young South African will focus on F1 testing and race only occasionally to keep himself sharp.

"My testing will take absolute priority," he said. "I want to do a lot of good running with the team, although I might do the odd Formula Nissan race, sportscar event or Formula 3000 outing. I'm definitely not going to compromise my job with Jaguar though."

The 20-year-old's testing deal was announced at Silverstone last week and he takes over from current test driver Luciano Burti, who moves up to the race team for 2001 alongside Eddie Irvine. Scheckter's contract is for one year and he is set on bagging a race seat in 2002.

"If I can learn as much as possible with the team next year," said Scheckter, "then why not? There's nothing that can beat experience, and young guys in the sport like me are now a lot more technically advanced than those from a few years ago."

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