De Haan feeling confident ahead of Brands finale

Richardson Racing’s Robert De Haan is feeling confident ahead of the final round of the 2021 Ginetta Junior Championship.

De Haan currently lies fourth in the overall championship standings and is the top rookie.

After some strong testing performances at Brands Hatch, he’s looking forward to the last round of the season.

“I think we’re doing a great job,” he told Ginetta Junior Update. “I’m fourth in the championship at the moment. Still in with a chance for top three in the championship.

“I hadn’t been on Brands Hatch [GP] before [October testing]. That was my first time and I really feel confident.

“I think we were quick so I think we can be quick in the race. I’m really looking forward to it.”

De Haan lies just outside championship contention, 127 points behind leader Aston Millar with just 109 points on offer at Brands Hatch.

It was a relatively slow start to the season for the rookie, but De Haan believes he picked up pace from Knockhill onwards.

“We didn’t have that many wins at the beginning of the season,” he explained. “I struggled quite a bit. But from Knockhill onwards, we started making progress and getting those wins.

“I got more used to the car, we did more testing, and found more settings in the car. Everything was getting better and that was all we needed.

“The team is working really hard to make the cars as quick as possible. I think the car’s really fast. We go quick on the grid and I think it’s probably one of the fastest. I’m really happy with Richardson.”

De Haan has already begun thinking about 2022.

After winning the Ginetta Junior scholarship at the end of last year, the Dutch racer earned his second scholarship in June when he won the FEED Racing France shoot-out. The prize there is a free European Formula 4 seat for next year.

“I don’t know yet what series it will be,” he said. “It will be French F4 or Spanish.

“The Ginetta is a difficult car to drive, and we’ll transfer all those kinds of things, so I see it as helping me a lot.”

Image credit: Richardson Racing/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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