Melbourne racing driver Dylan Young is in Europe after cementing a partnership with renowned French team Graff Racing to compete in the Ultimate Cup Series. Young, the 2019/20 MRF Challenge Formula 3 Vice Champion, will be racing in the now popular regional F3 Tatuus T-318 powered by a Renault engine.
Dylan's first round with the team will take place on the Paul Ricard French Formula 1 Circuit this weekend from July 16-18 before further events in Le Mans, France (September), Magny Cours, France (October) and Estoril, Portugal (November).
A successful '19/20 MRF Challenge campaign saw Young clinch 3 wins and 9 podiums across the 15 races along with being the only driver in the field to secure a win at each circuit. He fell just short of securing the title from Belgium's Michelangelo Amendola despite winning the final race of the Championship in February, 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic then saw Young sidelined for most of 2020 which allowed him to set about restructuring a new service offering focusing on the European region.
Alongside his own on track commitments, Dylan Young Racing will utilise the European racing program to expand mentoring services to the next up and coming stars in addition to existing marketing clients.
The upcoming event at the Paul Ricard Formula 1 Circuit will consist of three practice sessions, qualifying and three races and Young is hoping to emulate his form from last season and hit the ground running.
With Graff Racing competing across a number of championships including the European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series and Ultimate Cup Series, a strong showing this season could see Dylan target a future LMP3 and LMP2 birth with the team. Graff took 2nd place at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans and with Dylan's aim being to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship there is a platform available for them to extend their partnership for years to come.
"I'm over the moon to be getting back on track after the mess of 2020. It's been a long time coming but having stood on top of the podium at my last race, I'll be hoping to continue that form and I'm confident I'll be up to speed quickly with such a strong team around me in Graff. To say I'm pumped is an understatement!"