Auto GP team Virtuosi eyes 2015 BRDC Formula 4, announces free test

Auto GP race-winning team Virtuosi Racing will run two selected drivers in a free BRDC Formula 4 test next month ahead of a planned move into the championship in 2015

Auto GP team Virtuosi eyes 2015 BRDC Formula 4, announces free test

The British squad, established in 2012, has fielded the runner-up in the Auto GP drivers' standings in two of its three seasons, doing so with Tamas Pal Kiss this year and Pal Varhaug two years ago.

It is inviting drivers to apply to take part in its Snetterton test on December 2, which will act as a precursor to a driver-development programme and BRDC F4 campaign next year alongside its existing Auto GP commitment.

"Junior formulas are there to teach drivers and hone their skills ready to move up the ladder," Virtuosi co-founder Andy Roche told AUTOSPORT.

"In the current climate it makes a lot of sense for drivers and sponsors to look at all the options carefully to make sure they choose the right championship and team that will give them the best learning curve for the most sensible budget.

"Therefore, after evaluating various different junior series, we believe that BRDC F4 affords the best value for money option for up and coming drivers at this stage."

Team co-founder Declan Lohan said Virtuosi had considered the new-for-2015 MSA Formula category but opted for BRDC F4 because it feared driver budgets would spiral in the new series.

"After our analysis I totally agree with Adrian Newey regarding the costs involved in other entry level single-seater series," he said

"I'm delighted with the team we have and their level of experience and I think this will be a fantastic opportunity for these selected drivers to step up and make use of the skills and knowledge our staff possess to showcase their talent at this competitive level."

Any drivers interested in putting their names forward for consideration should contact Andy Roche via andy@virtuosiracing.com by November 24.

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