Air Asia Caterham development driver Matt Parry will contest his second season of single-seater racing in the burgeoning Dunlop Intersteps Championship, having agreed terms to join Fortec Motorsport for 2012.

The Briton moves over from Formula Ford after a frustrating debut season battling Fluid Motorsport’s lone Van Diemen against the massed ranks of Mygales in both the British and European series, and hopes to make the most of the experience he gained as he tackles his next challenge.

Ironically, Parry will be using Mygale machinery in 2012, albeit the FB02 design previously employed in the Formula BMW category, as he joins an Intersteps field that looks set to grow in number over last season, when Fortec took the title with karting graduate Jake Dennis. Several new entrants have been tempted to join the series this year, which will also see an expanded calendar to accompany its bigger grid.

“With a degree of uncertainty surrounding Formula Ford following its decision to adopt a new technical specification, we decided that there was nothing to gain by remaining in the series,” Parry explained, “There were a handful of alternatives that we considered for the coming season, but Intersteps provided the best opportunity for me to continue my development as a race driver.”

Under the banner ‘Educated Racing’, Intersteps combines competition with classroom time, providing drivers with an insight into other aspects of life in motorsport. The sessions are overseen by the Motor Sport Association Academy, which will count Parry as a member for the second successive season. The 18-year old will also remain a part of Sport Wales ‘Elite Cymru’ scheme and the rebranded AirAsia Caterham Driver Development Programme, having been added to the ranks of both in 2011.

“It is encouraging to know that I still have the support of both the MSA Academy and Sport Wales as I move into my second year of single-seater racing,” Parry added, “Last season didn’t work out exactly as we had hoped, so I’m looking to put things right in 2012. I could not wish to be joining a better team than Fortec, which has proven successful in almost every series it has contested in the past 20 years, and can’t wait to get started in Intersteps.”

The 2012 Intersteps calendar will take Parry to most of the major circuits around the UK, including Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Snetterton, but also features trips to the less familiar Pembrey, Rockingham and Croft in a 23-race schedule.

The season begins with test days at Rockingham and Oulton Park in March before racing gets underway with a double-header at the Cheshire venue on Saturday 24 March. All other race weekends will feature three races.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.