Multiple kart champion Matthew Parry will step up to single-seaters in 2011, having signed a deal to contest the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain with Fluid Motorsport Developments and Van Diemen.

The 16-year old graduates having won back-to-back national karting titles in Junior Max and has tested impressively with Fluid throughout the winter, leading to Motorsport News electing him as the number selection on its annual ‘Fast 50’ prediction. The Fluid deal, which has been expected for some time despite widespread interest in Parry’s potential, is for one year with an option for a second, and covers not only the British championship, but also the four-round Eurocup and end-of-season Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch.

“Formula Ford is often a two-year programme, especially for drivers stepping up from karting, who have to learn the circuits as well as the cars,” Fluid owner Lindsay Allen explains, “However, we recognise that someone of Matt’s talents could do well enough in their first year to be able to move on.

“Although a Fluid Van Diemen won the Formula Ford Festival last season, we are still in the process of rebuilding after a couple of frustrating years, and welcome the opportunity to have a driver of Matt’s quality as a benchmark in our bid to return to winning ways. While the Festival success showed what the team is capable of, it has only served as a taster for what we hope to achieve in 2011.”

Parry, who was accepted onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence at Loughborough in recognition of his achievements and ability, will make his Formula Ford race debut in the season’s opening triple-header at Silverstone on the weekend of 9-10 April, and admits that he is looking forward to stepping into a new arena.

“Testing has gone well over the winter and I can’t wait to get started,” the Welsh-born youngster confirms, “I enjoyed the last four years in karting immensely, but felt that it was time to move on, and I could not have asked for a better team with which to make the switch to single-seaters than Fluid. They may not have had the success their efforts deserved in recent seasons, but I am looking forward to playing a part in turning their fortunes around and repaying Lindsay’s faith in me as the year goes on.”

"It's a great honour, and confidence boost to have been recognised by Motorsport News and was a nice way to put a seal on my karting career. I don't think that it creates any extra pressure, although I certainly hope to be able to live up to their expectations."


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.