Australian racing driver Dylan Young will embark on another season of the MRF Challenge Championship, featuring 14 races with the first round taking place at the Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit in Abu Dhabi from October 29-31.
Young, from Melbourne, will be the sole Australian in an international field of highly competitive drivers from all over the world including the United Kingdom, America, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Japan & India.
Joining Young for his assault on the 2015 Championship will be Melbourne Deluxe Property. By introducing their “Supporting Excellence in Tomorrow’s Elite Sporting Stars” program, they will be cemented as a major sponsor for Dylan’s 2015 season. A host of other partners have also come onboard Young’s campaign including IntelliTrac, the Melbourne Watch Company, Fillr, Besser & Co Estate Agent & Original Mobiles.
After this weeks Round 1 action in Abu Dhabi, the MRF Challenge will head to the Bahrain Formula 1 Circuit for Round 2 as part of the FIA World Endurance Championship Event in November. That round will also feature the GP3 & GP2 Series, the direct feeder categories to Formula 1, and after Young tested in GP3 in Abu Dhabi in 2014, he will be looking to impress the teams with the view to making the leap up to Europe in 2016.Round 3 will take place at the Dubai International Circuit in December before the season finale at the MMRT Circuit in India at the end of January 2016.
Young was ecstatic when talking about finally being able to announce this news after difficulties in budget prevented him from heading to Europe at the start of 2015.
“It’s been a long year and there were some difficulties behind the scenes that put a stop to me jumping into GP3 or Auto GP earlier this year,” Young said. “However, most people know by now I’m a pretty tenacious guy and it’s been flat out since the start of the year to keep my dream alive. I’m over the moon now to be getting back behind the wheel in what is a really competitive international Championship. I have so many people to thank for believing in me and I’m grateful for the support of all my sponsors. I’ll be giving it everything I’ve got for maximum attack with the support of Australia and especially Melbourne on my shoulder!”
The MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship is considered to be the fastest one make single seater championship across Asia and the Middle East. The Formula 3 equivalent car is designed by Italian firm Dallara who is the largest racing car manufacturer in the world. The MRF Formula 2000 car is powered by a 2.0 litre 210 BHP Renault Sport Engine that propels the drivers to racing speeds of up to 260km/h.