Scholarship winner Robert de Haan will join Richardson Racing for the 2021 Ginetta Junior Championship, the team has confirmed.
De Haan was one of two drivers to be awarded the Scholarship after a three-day test at the end of last year. While the Ginetta Junoir championship has frequently attracted overseas drivers, de Haan is the first non-British driver to receive the Scholarship in the award’s 11-year history.
“I’m over the moon to be competing in the Ginetta Junior Championship this season as one of the Scholarship winners, and am looking forward to being part of the Richardson Racing team,” he said. “After a successful career in karting, this is a fantastic opportunity for me to take the step into car racing and I promise to give my all to repay Ginetta and the team for their support.
“I’m excited about the chance to race at famous circuits like Silverstone and Brands Hatch, and although it is my first season at this level, I’m going into 2021 with one goal – and that is to take as many trophies back home to the Netherlands as I can! I can’t wait for the season to start.”
De Haan makes the step up to car racing after taking a number of titles in karting, including the 2018 Rotax 125 Junior Max title and the 2019 German Junior Kart Championship. He also finished third in the FIA Kartin Academy Trophy in 2019.
“Robert is an accomplished karter who is highly respected by his peers and has displayed huge potential in the limited running he has done so far in a car,” said Richardson Racing team boss Gwyn Richardson.
“He was a worthy winner of the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, and I’m thrilled that he has chosen to run as part of our driver line-up for his debut season. There’s no doubt that he has the ability to compete at the sharp end of the field and I’m confident that he’ll be one to watch this year.
“We’re all really looking forward to helping him learn and develop as a driver and firmly expect him to be a contender for at least the Rookie title.”
Richardson aims to bring a multi-car line-up to the 2021 grid, and further announcements are expected before the season opener in May
Image courtesy of Richardson Racing/ Matt Salisbury
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