MSA Academy star Ben Tuck’s season is in a few weeks, possible Champion?
1st April 2016
Ben Tuck, MSA Academy star and RSF MSA Young Driver of the Year, is just a few weeks away from his Caterham debut, where he will line up in the Supersport Championship next to dozens of experienced Caterham racers. Signed with the PT Sportscars team for 2016, Ben comes from his first full car racing season in 2015 where he battled for the title in the Mazda MX-5 Championship, scoring a win in the last race. Finishing the season top on points, he took 3rd in the championship after drop scores were deducted, hinting at his impressive consistency – never outside the top 9 and without a single DNF, including a stunning guest appearance at Spa where he dominated with fastest laps in testing, qualifying and with Pole, Class Win and fastest lap of the race.
Ben completed his last test before the season at Snetterton at the weekend and was happy with his progress. “We came here and achieved everything we set for ourselves” he said. “I’ve got a good handle on the car in most conditions now and I’m just itching to get out there and race”. He also got the chance recently to take part in the Caterham Motorsport’s official pre-season test at Donington in a variety of weather conditions. “We’ve got an idea of where we are compared with the others and I’m looking forward to some good battles”, he said.
His pre-season testing campaign has allowed him to get to grips with the 140bhp Caterham, for the Caterham Superport Championship. Ben summed up the last few tests, “I’m really comfortable in the car, more so than with the Mazda from last year. I’ve found good pace everywhere that we’ve been and the car has been solid and reliable. I’m confident we can go for strong performances right out of the blocks”.
Ben is hoping to build his credentials as one of the UK’s top drivers and hopes to enter GT racing in 2017. He has certainly impressed some big names, attending the 2015 Autosport International awards in December and collecting his RSF MSA Young Driver of the Year award in January at the RAC Club.
“I’m looking forward to Round 1 at Brands Hatch on April 9th and I’ll be making sure I put in a good performance for my team and my sponsors“
Ben is supported by Hi-tech engineering consultants Aviamics, Saturn Systems, Trafalgar Technical Solutions and Air Research, as well as Goldstar Onboard and the MSA.
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