FFF Racing Team welcomes Jack Bartholomew to its Young Driver Development Programme and can confirm the British young gun for its Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East and Asia campaigns.
The 18-year old from Lewes in East Sussex raced karts for seven years in the UK and on the international stage before stepping up to cars in 2015.
He impressively finished a close second in the British GT Championship’s GT4 division at the first time of asking in 2016, but his ascent towards a professional career is set to take an exciting turn, having been nominated for FFF Racing’s Young Driver Development Programme.
Bartholomew is the second driver to be named for the scheme, designed to promote and nurture youthful talents and provide them with opportunities to climb the motorsport ladder under the FFF Racing umbrella.
The British teenager will start with Lamborghini Super Trofeo campaigns in the Middle East and Asia, which take in many of the most revered circuits in the United Arab Emirates, China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia between the months of February and November.
A recent two-day test at Cremona Circuit in Italy exposed Bartholomew’s raw speed and adaptability; working with FFF Racing’s engineers, the young gun quickly gelled with his Lamborghini Super Trofeo, inspiring confidence for 2017.
All signs point to a competitive season and Bartholomew said: “Joining FFF Racing’s Young Driver Development Programme in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo is the right choice after a season in British GT. This is part of a multi-year plan that will involve building strong relationships with the same team and, while I know I must work hard, I’m confident I can be competitive from the off. My recent test at Cremona showed I have gelled with the car and I’m really looking forward to getting the season underway in the Middle East, which will give me a chance to learn the ropes before attacking the Asian series.
“FFF Racing provides a nice, professional atmosphere. It’s owned by a man who loves racing and Team Principal, Andrea Caldarelli, is a hard-headed motorsport man with high standards who has made it as a professional driver; he has a broad understanding of what it takes to succeed and what we need from the team as drivers, so I’ll be trying hard to impress him and learn from his experience.”
Bartholomew added: “Having honed my craft on British tracks, I should adapt well to the Middle Eastern and Asian circuits, but I’m working hard to ensure I’m physically fit to cope with the heat and humidity in what are likely to be close and fiercely-contested races. Some may think I’m choosing an easier option by going to Asia, but the truth is that motorsport is growing rapidly in the region and there’s no hiding place for drivers in one-make racing. To be at the front and on pole by any margin shows you’re doing a better job than your rivals in equal machinery and should make you stand out.”