EDGEWATER motor racing talent Calan Williams has signed with Fortec Motorsport for the opening rounds of the 2018 F3 Euroformula Open season.
Having tested for the England-based squad late last year, Williams had signed a deal for the Euroformula Open winter series, which included tests at Barcelona and Jerez in Spain and two races at Paul Ricard in France where he finished seventh and ninth in his first ever international races.
“I was very pleased with how I performed throughout the event amongst 15 of the best young drivers in the world from 14 different nations,” Williams said.
“This was a fantastic experience and I was really pleased to demonstrate that I am capable of competing at this level.”
Now the 17-year-old has signed with Fortec for the start of the Euroformula Open season proper, with plans to find enough backing to make it a full campaign.
The series competes on some of the most famous F1 venues in Europe, including Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Silverstone in England and Monza in Italy.
The reigning Australian F3 champion said he was “extremely excited” to be racing with Fortec in the Euroformula Open series.
“At this stage we have locked in the early rounds, however with the sponsorship we have and other backing we continue to build, the focus is on competing in all events,” he said.
“The Euroformula Open winter series events at Barcelona, Paul Ricard and Jerez has been an incredible step up and I have been really pleased with the gains I have made with the guidance of engineering legend Mick Kouros, my race engineer Tom Toovey and the whole team.”
Europe F3 racer Kouros said he was delighted to have Williams on board for the upcoming races.
“Fortec Motorsport’s Euroformula Open team is looking forward to having Calan Williams join the grid for this year’s series,” he said.
“After having a successful winter series with Calan, who showed good performances on circuits that he’d never been to, the team is excited with the potential that Calan is showing – and that will only improve as we begin the main championship.”
The 2018 Euroformula Open calendar
R1: Estoril, Portugal – April 14-15
R2: Paul Ricard, France – May 05-06
R3: Spa, Belgium – June 09-10
R4: Hungaroring, Hungary – July 07-08
R5: Silverstone, UK – September 01-02
R6: Monza, Italy – September 22-23
R7: Jerez, Spain – October 06-07
R8: Barcelona, Spain – October 20-21