Oliver Clarke is swapping kart racing for a seat in an F4 car and will be heading for the USA as the West Norfolk racer’s career hits the accelerator. Picture: SUBMITTED.

MOTOR SPORT: West Norfolk kart racer Oliver Clarke is moving to single-seater car racing in the USA.

The Iceni Academy, Methwold, schoolboy, 15, decided 2018 was the best time for him to make the break from his kart racing success to drive a Formula 4 car.

He has joined American team Benik for the F4 United States Championship, powered by Honda and will be hoping to continue his success.

Clarke, a graduate from the European karting ladder, has been racing since he was eight and earned race wins in last year in the OK MSA British Championship on his way to finishing third place overall.

He was also third in his first European Championship after moving to the senior ranks, taking advantage of a new CIK-FIA licensing rule allowing him to compete against adult drivers and professionals.

“I am delighted to be moving from karting to F4 in the United States and joining Benik,” said Clarke.

“I am very happy to be working with such an experienced group of guys and can’t wait to get in the car and do some more testing.

“Hopefully a strong first season is to come and I am really looking forward to the final race of the USA season at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, as a support race to the Formula 1 round there.”

Previously Clarke was third in the world at Le Mans on the junior stage and crowned British champion at cadet level, amassing multiple podiums in various kart classes.

Benik team manager Nick Mitchell said “Fast, marketable and already a champion, Oliver will be an instant threat for race wins, podium results and the championship.

“He has had major success in the karting ranks in Europe and we look to help him continue those results in North American open wheel competition.

“With a few solid days of testing already under our belt and showing great speed, we have decided to forgo the series test and concentrate on our preparation for the 2018 season,”

  • Clarke is looking for businesses that have an Anglo-American connection who would be interested in advertising on his new car and on his race suit, etc. 

To find out more, follow him on Oliver Clarke Racing on Facebook, and @racing_oliver62 on Twitter or call 01553 810851.