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Kenyan teen Jeremy Wahome signs with Chris Dittmann Racing for 2016

Thursday, January 21 2016

Chris Dittmann Racing has confirmed its second driver for the 2016 BRDC Formula 4 season today (22 January), with Kenyan racer Jeremy Wahome joining the race-winning outfit for a full campaign. The 17-year-old tested the new Tatuus-Cosworth with the team at Brands Hatch in November and has subsequently committed to the championship for 2016.

The Nairobi native began his motorsport career in karts aged eight and previously tested the former Ralph Firman Racing-designed BRDC Formula 4 car at a test session in Spain prior to the 2015 season. He subsequently raced in the Formula BMW Asia Cup Series last year, held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. He competed in the Super-Six category in June before taking part in one round of the full Asia Cup in August, claiming three top rookie awards with two runner-up finishes and a third place from five races.

Wahome has moved to Cheltenham in the UK to focus on both his racing commitments and schooling in 2016, studying at Cheltenham College.

Wahome said: "It feels great to be in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship with Chris Dittmann Racing. I wanted to join the championship in 2015 but I've got the chance this year so it is really exciting. When I decided I wanted to graduate from karting, BRDC F4 was the championship I wanted to join and with the introduction of the new car, it has made it even better."

Chris Dittmann, Team Principal of Chris Dittmann Racing, added: ''It's great to finally announce Jeremy as our second confirmed driver for 2016. He tested with us in the new car at the end of last year and really impressed us with how quickly he adapted to the car and learnt the circuit. With his previous experience in the Asia Cup Series and a strong pre-season testing package lined up, I'm confident Jeremy can quickly become a consistent front-runner in the championship. He will have the added challenge of balancing his schooling with his racing commitments, however I'm sure with enough hard work he will be able to succeed in both.''

The 2016 BRDC Formula 4 season gets underway at Snetterton on March 27/28 and takes in 24 races across eight rounds, visiting some of the best circuits in the UK and Europe including Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps.