Tommy Smith joins JD Motorsport for 2021 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine
JD Motorsport is proud to announce that Australian driver Tommy Smith will be part of the team’s line-up in the 2021 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine.
Born in 2002, Smith started racing in Australia and New Zealand, taking part in the local developmental championships. In recent years, he also entered the season-opening F3 Asian Championship.
After driving in the collective Eurocup Renault test at Valencia with JD Motorsport in early 2020, but having to miss the season due to school commitments and travel restrictions, he finally chose the Italian squad to make his full-time debut in the revamped European series.
Smith will join preseason testing with the team in preparation for the season which will go underway on April 24th and 25th at the famed Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps venue in Belgium.
Roberto Cavallari (Team Principal)
“I’m delighted to welcome Tommy back to our team. Due to his school commitments and the worldwide health emergency, which were incompatible with racing in Europe, he was forced to cancel his programme right after testing. Despite the challenges, he stayed close to us and for 2021 he will finally be able to run in the full Formula Regional by Alpine Championship.”
JD Motorsport signs Barrichello to Formula Regional European by Alpine programme
JD Motorsport is delighted to announce that Eduardo Barrichello will drive for the team in the 2021 Formula Regional European by Alpine championship. The 19-year-old Brazilian, son of former Formula 1 racer Rubens Barrichello, is coming from a positive 2020 season, having claimed three wins, nine podiums and three pole positions en-route to second place in last year’s USF2000 Championship.
Barrichello started his auto racing career in 2018, entering the F4 USA Championship. In 2019, he graduated to USF2000 competition with an 11th place before making a major breakthrough in the following season.
By joining forces with Italian squad JD Motorsport, led by Roberto Cavallari and Alfredo Cappelletti, he will now make his first foray in European single-seaters.
The series will be off to an early start with a collective test session scheduled for March 25th and 26th at Barcelona. Two more sessions will ensue at Circuit Paul Ricard in France (March 30th and 31st) and on Italian soil at Imola (April 7th and 8th).
The championship will feature ten rounds with the opening act set for April 22nd at Spa-Francorchamps. Teams and drivers will then move to Barcelona and Montecarlo, running as a supporting act to the Formula 1 World Championship, while more rounds will follow at Paul Ricard, Zandvoort, Imola, Nürburgring, Spielberg and Mugello. Monza will then host the season finale on the 31st of October.
“I am delighted for the agreement reached with JD Motorsports, and I cannot wait to start my European career with the team. This is set to be a really interesting season, and I am really looking forward to racing on so many venues that made motorsports history.”
Roberto Cavallari – Team Principal
“We are very happy for the agreement reached with Eduardo. Watching him in the USF2000 Series, he was really competitive. We will work hard to get him to adapt to our car quickly in every circumstance, so to be equally successful in Europe too. I thank all his staff and family for choosing JD Motorsport, identifying our operation as the most suitable environment for Eduardo’s technical and human growth in his first European experience”.
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