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Teenage Australian racing driver, Pat Heuzenroeder, has been invited to race in 2024 in the UK’s leading single seater championship with the title holding team, JHR Developments.
JHR Developments is extremely happy to announce that young Australian racing driver, Patrick Heuzenroeder, will be joining the team in 2024, as he enters his first full season in the British GB3 Championship.
The GB3 Championship is the UK’s highest level single seater championship, comprising 24 races over eight rounds, including at four legendary Formula 1 circuits across Europe: Silverstone, Hungaroring, Spa-Francorchamps and Zandvoort. The GB3 Championship is a pathway to FIA® Formula 3 which races alongside Formula 1 at the Melbourne Grand Prix.
The Sydney teenager started in motorsport at the age of 13, after a chance visit to the Eastern Creek kart track sparked an interest in karting. Graduating to cars, he took part in the 2022 Ferrari Driver Academy Asia Pacific selection trials against some of the best young drivers in the region, making it to the final, and only narrowly missing out on the shootout in Italy. Taking part in the New South Wales Formula Ford Championship in his first season out of karting, Patrick was third in the standings before he took the bold step to move 10,000 miles from home to the United Kingdom to further his career.
Lining up in the British F4 by FIA® Championship last season, he scored a maiden podium finish at Snetterton, before competing in the final two rounds of the British GB3 Championship. After making his debut in GB3 on a wet and wild weekend at the challenging Zandvoort F1 track after only one day in the car, he scored a podium in just his second round at Donington Park.
Looking to make the step up to the GB3 Championship full-time for 2024, the young Australian has already completed successful winter testing with JHR Developments, which had a strong campaign last year, clinching the Teams’ Championship title and finishing third in the Drivers’ standings.
Patrick and his teammates – yet to be announced – will take part in extensive pre-season testing ahead of the opening round of the GB3 Championship, which takes place at Oulton Park on its traditional spot over the Easter weekend.
“I’m very pleased to be joining JHR Developments for the 2024 GB3 Championship. We worked extremely hard in winter testing, and I really enjoyed being in and around the team. They have a wealth of experience and are a great bunch who seem to understand my Aussie sense of humour! We worked well together from the first day.
After a very competitive testing programme I was grateful to be rewarded with a seat in the team which won the 2023 GB3 Teams’ Championship title and I feel really confident JHR is a great fit for me. I can’t wait to get the season underway in late March. Thanks also to my sponsors and all my supporters for helping me compete again in 2024, particularly the great team at Praden Insurance Broking.”
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