Jolyon Palmer graduates to Formula Two Formula Palmer Audi frontrunner Jolyon Palmer is the latest addition to the 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship line-up.
Jonathan and Jolyon Palmer
Jolyon, son of ex-F1 driver and 1983 F2 champion Jonathan Palmer, finished third in the 2008 Formula Palmer Audi Championship (FPA) in only his second season of single-seater racing. One of the youngest drivers in F2, 17 year old Jolyon took victory at Spa-Francorchamps as well as securing 10 further podium finishes. Palmer graduated from karts in 2005 and spent two seasons racing in T Cars, winning the 2006 Autumn Trophy. He went on to win two races in FPA during 2007 before mounting a championship challenge last season.
Along with Alex Brundle and Henry Surtees, Palmer is the third son of a former Grand Prix driver to confirm his place on the 2009 Formula Two grid, whilst Jack Clarke is also the step-son of ex-F1 driver Julian Bailey. Palmer, Brundle and Clarke all raced together in Formula Palmer Audi for two seasons, along with champion Jason Moore who has also stepped up to F2.
Jolyon Palmer said: “I am really excited to be moving up to F2; it is a fantastic opportunity. The cars will be a lot faster than anything I’ve driven before, but I’m confident I will adapt pretty quickly. It is going to be a great experience, but I do not want to put too much pressure on myself. There are a lot of quality drivers out there so I’m sure this will be a two year program for some of us. I’m looking forward to quite a battle too between the ex-FPA drivers and I will certainly use the champion Jason Moore as a benchmark. Of the circuits that F2 will race at, I really love Brands Hatch and having taken a win at Spa-Francorchamps last year I can’t wait to go back there!"
Jolyon Palmer's car
Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of championship organizer MotorSport Vision, said: “Of course, I am very proud to see Jolyon graduate to Formula Two and he has certainly justified his place. In FPA he has proved he is quick and consistent with a reputation as a gritty racer. Jolyon is the youngest race winner in 12 years of FPA history with two wins when he was just 16, and his victory at Spa in the wet last year was impressive. Nevertheless he knows he’s moving into the big league now and is under no illusions that even getting a point in F2 is going to be tough!"
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