News 01 Jun 2018

Hitech GP add Charles Leong to their FIA Asian F3 Championship line up 

Hitech GP are delighted to welcome Charles Leong to their FIA Asian F3 Championship squad for the upcoming season. The 16-year-old will contest the full five rounds in the Hitech Dragon GP car, with the series set to get underway at Sepang, Malaysia in July this year.

Charles began racing competitively at 10 years old and has enjoyed a wealth of success in his formative years. The Macanese driver has proved his racing ability in various Asian karting championships, securing a number of wins and championship titles.

By the age of 14, Charles stepped up to compete in the 2016 China F4 Championship, achieving pole position at the first event in Beijing and winning his first race at Shanghai. He made an impressive leap into in the Formula Masters China Series in 2016, adding a further two podium finishes to his name.

Charles won the 2017 Asian Formula Renault championship, gaining special recognition as the youngest Chinese driver in the series. 2017 saw him move up the ranks into FIA Formula 4 China, winning the championship at the age of 15.

Reflecting on the signing of Charles Leong, Hitech GP’s Team Principal, Oliver Oakes, commented:
“We are really happy to welcome Charles into our Asian F3 line up. His success over the past few years proves that he is an extremely able driver and we are confident that he will shine through this season.”

Leong added:
 “I’m really excited to join such an experienced team that operate in multiple championships. I’m fully confident that we will be competitive in the Asian F3 this year.”

The Silverstone-based team will be contesting the full FIA Asian F3 Championship, which expects to see a grid of 24 cars for its opening round at Sepang in July later this year. The championship is run under the umbrella of the FIA’s new Regional F3 concept, which Hitech have claimed is an “ideal feeder” into International F3, which is set to become a Formula 1 support series in 2019. The Asian F3 Series will feature a mix of professional and amateur drivers, competing in Formula 3 cars that conform to the FIA F3 regulations, adopting the development of the new single chassis, single engine concept.

The 2018 Asian F3 Championship is scheduled to kick off at former Malaysian Grand Prix venue Sepang on 13-15 July.