New Driver Signing for Student Motorsport Team
Myerscough College Motorsport is pleased to announce the signing of new driver Mark Draghicescu, 19, originally from the USA (Portland, Oregon) but now living in the UK where he studies full-time at Derby University. Mark will drive for Myerscough College’s student led Formula Ford team.
Mark’s racing career started in the Skip Barber series in the United States - a series known for developing the best young North American driving talent. On this side of the Atlantic he has taken the opportunity to race on internationally iconic circuits such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington Park.
Having tasted success already in 2012, having competed in the 750 Motor Club Locost Championship and obtained the second highest placed novice in the Championship, Mark is looking to make an impact in the UK by driving the series of car (Formula Ford) that has catapulted many talented young drivers careers in the past (Aryton Senna, David Coulthard, Mark Webber etc).
Mark will initially drive a series of test events with Myerscough College in their student run Formula Ford Duratec car, starting at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent at the end of October. The Formula Ford Duratec car Mark will drive has already brought success in 2012, after Scottish Formula Ford Champion Kenneth Thirlwall recorded a class win at Oulton Park earlier in 2012 in the first round of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.
Talking about signing with Myerscough Motorsport, Mark Draghicescu said: “I’ve never raced Formula Ford cars before, so I’m really looking forward to this test. Working with a team like Myerscough College Motorsport will give me a real chance to get to grips with these cars.”
Belinda Cookson, Head of Motorsport at Myerscough College commented: “The 2012 season so far has already given Myerscough College Motorsport some fantastic results with Kenneth Thirlwall scoring a class win and Jake Mayes progressing really well. Mark Draghicescu joining us gives us further opportunity to keep moving forward and adds another quality driver to our ranks.”
Mark’s test at Brands Hatch in the Duratec powered Van Diemen car will involve students on Myerscough College’s Foundation Degree in Motorsport Management and Logistics course. The students will be responsible for working on and maintaining the car to ensure Mark receives the best experience possible, whilst learning vital skills for when they leave College and enter the motorsport industry.
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