GT champion joins BlackArts Racing for F3 Asian Winter Series—First Female Driver in Asian F3
BlackArts Racing (BAR) is pleased to announce that we will start the 2019 season of the FIA certified F3 Asian Winter Series with a highly talented, three-times touring car champion from Europe, Hungary in our ranks.
Despite her young age, Vivien Keszthelyi (18) has proved several times that she has exceptional skills, and we are proud that she will take another step ahead, and start her career in the world of formula racing with us. Unlike most pilots, Vivien did not learn the basics of racing on the kart track or in different formula car series. Her career began at the age of 12 and she started racing in the FIA certified Swift Cup Europe right away, from which she reached the Grand Touring category in just 5 years. Throughout the 3 years as the only female member of the Audi Racing Academy, she collected 3 championship titles and extremely valuable experience.
The youngest three-times touring car champion of the world collected her latest title last year in the GT4 Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup, where she became the champion of the rookie category. The Hungarian driver decided to change from touring car to formula racing, because of the launch of the new W Series and the uncertainty caused by the unexpected changes in the DTM, the top class of Grand Touring, which was her long term goal to reach: “After the establishment of the W series, I had to consider which way I wanted my career to proceed. I just became 18 years old, I am still young enough to gain experiences with formula cars, which will be essential for me to reach the top level of both the grand touring and the formula category. Mastering the driving technique will be one of the biggest challenges of my career, as I do not have history in formula racing, and I will have to learn how to drive the Formula 3 racing car virtually from the basics. However, I must not wait to gain experience with rear-wheel driven, and in particular formula cars, because I only have a chance to move on with my career if I collect those experiences as soon as possible. “
Commenting on joining BAR, Vivien added: “I was really impressed and happy with the goals and the motivation of BlackArts Racing, and they assured me that every member of the team will work hard to help my development and that they will provide everything I need to succeed. I am really excited to join BlackArts Racing, the team that is striving for the same goal as mine and I know I can truly benefit from it.”
Team Principal of the BAR, Bill O’Brien, added: “Vivien has shown excellent potential. She has both the intellect and the aggression required to succeed in motorsports. BAR is proud to be the first team in Asian F3 to field a top female driver.”
The three, triple-header rounds will begin on January 13 2019 at Thailand’s Buriram International Circuit where the championship will make its debut, followed by a further two rounds at a second Asian FIA Grade 1 track, Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, on January 20 and February 24.
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