Elite Motorsport has named Spanish Formula 4 graduate Javier Sagrera as the first driver for its entry into single-seaters in BRDC British Formula 3.
The British team, which has run the champion driver in the last four seasons of Ginetta Juniors, bought two of Lanan Racing’s cars and after a shakedown test at Snetterton it headed to Valencia last month with Sagrera at the wheel.
Sagrera was a star of the Spanish karting scene before moving into F4 at the end of 2019 with the MOL Racing team run by DTM race-winner Miguel Molina. His 2020 Spanish F4 campaign ran to four rounds, in which he took a best finish of eighth.
“My hopes and aims are to mature and develop more as a driver due to the intense and difficult tracks that I will face in England,” said Sagrera.
“Of course I also want to be a strong candidate, fighting for the championship. Elite is an experienced and hard-working team that I believe can give everything I need to put in good performances.
“I’m very grateful to Picho [Diaz-Toledano] at Seven GP for bringing this new and exciting association together.”
The 17-year-old is backed by Mexico’s Seven GP, which has fielded entries in Asian F3 in recent years and also been involved in the lower rungs of junior single-seaters and karting in North America in the past.
“I’m over the moon to have secured Javier in one of our BF3 cars,” Elite’s team owner Eddie Ives said.
“We had a very promising three-day test with Javier at Valencia in December. He impressed the whole team with his attitude and pace. It’s a big challenge for him coming over to the UK but I’m confident we will surprise a few people.”