Fortec Motorsport has announced that Indian rising star Ruhaan Alva will race with the squad in the 2023 GB4 Championship, which gets underway this weekend at Oulton Park.
The 16-year-old from Bangalore graduates to single seaters full-time after an impressive karting career, including taking the Indian Junior X30 title and front-running appearances at both the IAME International Final and Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in the Junior category.
More recently, Alva represented India at the second edition of the FIA Motorsport Games in Marseille, France, racing under his nation’s flag in the Formula 4 category.
The teenager has already received attention from the highest levels of the sport, having been selected last year for Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) trials for the Asia-Pacific zone.
Now, Alva heads to UK shores, and will contest the seven-event, 21-race GB4 calendar alongside Fortec’s other previously announced driver, Colin Queen. An additional entry to make it a three-car team will be unveiled in due course, as the team looks to defend the title it secured with Nikolas Taylor last year.
Ruhaan Alva said: “I’m really excited to be racing in the GB4 Championship this year. And even more so, because it’s with such a fantastic team as Fortec Motorsport. I know I will be able to learn and develop a lot here as a driver, and the standard of competition is incredibly high, which was another big draw for me.
“The UK has so many famous circuits, and they’re really difficult to master. The aim is to use this as a springboard and to be as successful in single seaters as we have been throughout karting.”
Team Principal Oliver Dutton said: “We’re really looking forward to working with Ruhaan. His is a name that has been cropping up on a few people’s radars recently, and we definitely think he has a lot of potential.
“GB4 is a really tough championship, as we found out last year, but with the right development and some experience, he can be a force to be reckoned with, and his addition to the team puts us in even stronger shape heading to Oulton Park this weekend.”
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