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Double R Racing signs MSA Formula race-winner Leist for 2016 BRDC F4

Thursday, December 03 2015

Brazilian driver Matheus Leist has today (December 3) completed a deal with newly-confirmed BRDC Formula 4 team Double R Racing to compete in the series in 2016.

Leist, a race-winner in MSA Formula with Double R this year during his maiden season competing in the UK, becomes the first driver to be announced by the Woking-based squad ahead of a planned three-car entry into BRDC F4 next year. The 18-year-old, who hails from Novo Hamburgo in Brazil, took two race victories in his MSA Formula campaign, at Donington Park and Silverstone, in addition to five other podiums on his way to fifth overall in the championship standings.

Leist, who is managed by British F3 racer winner and ex-Champ Car Atlantic racer Danilo Dirani, made the move from karting to cars in 2014 where he participated in the Brazilian F3 Light Series and became a multiple podium finisher. Ending his rookie campaign as Vice-Champion, the South American claimed three outright rostrum finishes, two class victories and seven other class podiums.

In addition to his impressive MSA Formula campaign with Double R this year, Leist contested several FIA Formula 3 European Championship races with the team - in place of the injured Nicolas Pohler - and also competed in a couple of MRF Challenge contests.

Leist said: "It's really great to be staying with the guys at Double R for the move up to BRDC F4 and I'm really looking forward to racing the new car. We had a strong season this year in MSA Formula and I know we can do the same again next year in the BRDC series.

"The car is a big step on from the car I raced this year, it's very quick and has a lot of grip from the aero - I'm really impressed by it. Hopefully we can have some strong preparation over the winter and push for wins and the championship. I know Double R will give me a great car."

Anthony 'Boyo' Hieatt, Team Principal of Double R Racing, added: "We're absolutely thrilled Matheus is staying with us for the move into BRDC F4 and I'm confident he can be a realistic contender for the first championship with the new Tatuus. It's an exciting time for the team and with a good testing programme between now and the start of the 2016 season, I'm sure Matheus will be more than ready for the challenge.

"He's a great talent, we had some fantastic results in MSA Formula this year and, obviously, a couple of wins and we intend to show that same level of performance in BRDC F4. Matheus also has the experience of a couple of outings in Formula 3 with us last year too, so that will be a big benefit."

The 2016 BRDC Formula 4 Championship features 24 races across eight rounds, including one meeting at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, and gets underway on the Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend of 27/28 March next year.