Matthew Parry only formally confirmed that he was forsaking karting to get a foot on the single-seater ladder in 2011 a week ago, but already he is being tipped as a potential champion.

The reigning Super 1 Junior Rotax title winner will join Van Diemen 'works' team Fluid Motorsport Developments for his single-seater debut, and has tested strongly over the winter, prompting team boss Lindsay Allen to rate his chances of success - and Motorsport News to go as far as suggesting that he could live up to his Fast 50 billing and emerge as champion.

"Matt is championship material," Allen told MN, "His record in karting is superb and he's progressed well across the four tests he's had with us.

"The car showed at the [2010 FFord] Festival that it's capable of winning races, and Matt has the ability to provide us with solid feedback to get even more out of it. Matt is the complete package. His feedback out of the car is excellent and he knows what he wants the car to do. He has a willingness to learn and, when he gets into his groove, he will be hard to beat."

Parry, himself, is looking forward to the challenge with confidence.

"It's a huge step up to Formula Ford, but I'm ready for it," he confirmed, "The championship will be very tough, but I get on well with the team and there's a good atmosphere there. The Van Diemen is very different from anything I have driven before, but it suits my driving style. You can be quite aggressive with it into corners like you can with a kart.

"We've got a lot of testing planned before the season starts to get myself up to speed. If I get comfortable with the car then there's no reason why we can't win. I'm aiming for a top three finish in the championship."

Parry will contest the Formula Ford Festival and Eurocup in addition to his UK series commitments, which begin with the opening triple-header at Silverstone over the weekend of 9-10 April.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.