Bonar's Abbie races up the ranks
A YOUNG Sutherland driver is carving out a career in British motorsport.
Formula Ford graduate Abbie Munro, from Bonar Bridge, is taking the step up to British Formula 4, making her debut in front of a home crowd at Knockhill on September 14-15.
She will then end the season with triple-headers at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
Munro is the latest Young Racing Driver Academy (YRDA) graduate to join Arden Motorsport team in F4, partnering new team-mates Bart Horsten, Tommy Foster and Alex Connor.
Arden are delighted that Abbie will complete the team’s F4 British Championship line-up for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Munro (17), who is a student at Dornoch Academy, has previously raced in the UK’s Northern Formula Ford series and Champion of Brands event after a silverware-laden karting career.
Starting in the Cadet ranks, Munro then worked through the Mini Max and Junior X30 categories before contesting Junior Rotax and moving to Senior Rotax in 2018, putting the foundations in place for a switch to single-seaters.
Beyond that, the focus for the Scottish racer is building up as much experience as possible ahead of a possible full-season campaign in 2020.
Munro will race with the number 12 for the rest of the season.
Gary Ward, Arden F4 Team Manager said: “Everybody at Arden Motorsport is delighted to welcome Abbie into our British F4 team.
“She’s proven in testing and through the YRDA that she’s ready to take this next step in her career and I’m confident she’ll work well with Bart, Tommy and Alex right from the off.
“Obviously it’s extra special for her making her debut in front of a home crowd at Knockhill.
“The aim for her over these last three events is just to absorb as much information as she can, build up some experience and then look towards 2020.”
Abbie said: “I’m very excited to be joining the British F4 grid with Arden.
“I am really grateful to Garry Horner, the organisers, my family and sponsors for giving me this wonderful opportunity and I intend to make the most of it.
“Making my F4 debut at the home of Scottish motorsport in front of a home crowd is a dream come true for me. Then to race at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix and Brands Hatch, which I recently visited to watch the final round of W Series, means I will have the opportunity to race at three of the most iconic tracks in the UK.
“Thanks to Arden and the Young Racing Driver Academy my preparation could not have been better and I’m hoping to use the last three rounds of the 2019 season as a springboard to achieving my target of securing a place on the grid for a full campaign in 2020.”