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Kenya’s Jeremy Wahome finishes in a respectable position at the formula 3 championship

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UK based Kenyan F3 driver Jeremy Wahome wrapped up his 2018 campaign in awesome fashion racing for Italian outfit -Scuadra Villorba Corsa (SVC).

Jeremy, who started his motorsport career with go-karts at RVMSC Solai racetrack, has in 2018 been racing in the Asian Formula 3 Championship (certified by FIA) where he finished 12th overall.

Asked about his plans for the 2019 season, 19 year old Jeremy had this to say: “That’s what we’re trying to figure out now.

There’s a lot of changes going on in the European Formula 3 environment, so we’re waiting for confirmations, and of course looking for sponsors.. which is quite difficult.”

But finishing 12th overall was quite encouraging to the fast rising Kenyan speedster who aspires to join Formula One ranks upon completion of university education.

“Well, that marks the end of the 2018 season. Race 2 was compromised when my front wing came loose on lap 1, but I still managed to hold onto 9th place, and a DNF in race 3.

Overall it’s been an interesting year in Asia with a new car, new team, new championship. Had to miss round 2 of the championship because of my Visa, but  made it for Round 3 in Shanghai and Round 4 in Ningbo China! It was a new circuit for me with exciting new challenge. Generally, I enjoyed the racing in Asia and trying out new circuits.

A lot of valuable lessons were learnt along the way so it’s been a great year. Thanks to the team and everyone who made it possible.”

Jeremy started racing when he was 8 in the Rift Valley Motor Sports Club Go-Karting championship, competing in the 60 cc category. “I graduated to the 100 cc category in 2012 and 2015 I finished 2nd in the championship.”

In 2015 he made the step up to single seaters racing (formula cars) having driven the car for the first time in December 2014.

“I started racing in the Formula BMW Asia Cup series in August 2015 where I managed to stand on the podium 3 times with 2 second place finishes and and one third place finish.

I also won the rookie award 3 times. I didn’t finish the championship because I had to move school in the UK so I could race there the following year.”

In 2016 and 2017 Jeremy moved up to the British F3 Championship with Chris Dittmann Racing, where he finished 21st in 2016 and 14th in 2017. “In 2017 I had a best place finish of 6 a couple of times.”

Chris Dittmann Racing confirmed its second driver for the 2016 BRDC British Formula 3 season with Kenyan racer Jeremy  joining the race-winning outfit for a full campaign.

The 17-year-old tested the new Tatuus-Cosworth with the team at Brands Hatch  was subsequently committed to the championship for 2016.

The Nairobi native 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, held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. He competed in the Super-Six category  before taking part in one round of the full Asia Cup, claiming three top rookie awards with two runner-up finishes and a third place from five races.

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

Wahome said: “It felt great to be in the BRDC British Formula 3 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, the championship I wanted to join and with the introduction of the new car, it has made it even better.”

 

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