Falcon Motorsport welcomed Alexandra Marinescu and Darius Karbaley to two of its three Mygale FIA F4 challengers as the team heads to Brands Hatch for the MSA Formula: Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost Championship season opener.
Marinescu was the first Romanian female driver to compete in a single-seater racing series. After participating in the 2014 Skip Barber Summer Series in the USA, Alexandra joined the first MSA Formula test at Brands Hatch in preparation for 2015.
“For me the first year in this season will be a learning year,” she said. “I will try to build up my speed in every session and I’m pretty sure that I will find a good rhythm. Unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time for testing, so for the first race I will be acclimatising, but I’m pretty confident that the team will support me. Falcon Motorsport are deputy Formula Ford Champions and so we are very excited to be joining the team.”
Darius Karbaley is a 17-year-old British karting star from Manchester. He steps up to single-seater racing with Falcon Motorsport; in 2012 he was fifth in the British national KF3 championship and 18th in Europe, before coming fourth in the Rotax Max Kartmasters Grand Prix in 2013.
“I am delighted to join Falcon Motorsport for what looks to be an exciting season,” said Darius. “I feel that this is the right series to make the transition from karting to car racing. Even though I have had little experience in the car I am confident that I will be competitive as the season progresses.”
Falcon Motorsport owner Nick Streatfield added, “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to secure both Alexandra and Darius to race with Falcon Motorsport. Of course the deals have come together very late, but both drivers have huge potential and we relish the prospect of developing their talents. Brands Hatch will be a challenge against drivers who have been testing regularly, but I’m confident they will learn quickly and surprise many.”
Following its launch at Silverstone in September there are now 20 confirmed drivers for the first round of Britain’s official version of the Formula 4 concept created by motorsport’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). As the new MSA Formula replaces British Formula Ford this season it will continue to be included on the British Touring Car Championship (TOCA) package as the only single-seater support series, with live TV coverage in the UK on the Sunday of each race event.