Nigerian novice Ovie Iroro is to join the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain next week. The 20-year-old from Lagos will make his racing debut at Donington Park over the Easter weekend (19/20 Apr) and is set to contest the rest of the season with Richardson Racing.
Ovie, a mechanical engineering student at University College London, moved to the UK two years ago not only to study but also to pursue his track career. “There is very little opportunity to race anything other than karts at home,” he said, “and so the best option for me was to move to Britain to make the next big step. I’m looking forward to it, and my aim is to spend this year learning so that I am well prepared for a full season and a proper campaign in 2015.”
Andy Richardson, who last year himself raced the EcoBoost Mygale which Iroro will drive, said: “We have tested Ovie already and we’re looking forward to giving him the benefit of our experience. Formula Ford is the very best place to learn the art of single-seater racing. It will be a steep learning curve for him but he has talent and is starting in the right place.”
Ovie acquitted himself at Thruxton this week in his first official Formula Ford test and will test again at Donington Park on Thursday ahead of his race debut.