31 March, 2015 – Falcon Motorsport has today confirmed that Alexandra Marinescu and Darius Karbaley will represent the team at Brands Hatch this weekend for the opening rounds of the exciting new Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Challenge championship.
Fifteen-year-old Marinescu became the first Romanian female single-seater driver when she took part in the 2014 Skip Barber Summer Series in the USA. Said Alexandra: “We chose MSA Formula as it is a new competition, which is supported by the FIA, and supports pilots who are just 15 years old. For me the first year in this season will be a learning year. I will try to build up my speed in every session and I’m pretty sure that I will find a good rhythm. Unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time for testing, so for the first race I will be acclimatising, but I’m confident that the team will support me.”
Karbaley is a 17-year-old British karting star from Manchester. In 2012 he finished fifth in the British national KF3 championship and 18th in Europe, before coming fourth in the Rotax Max Kartmasters Grand Prix in 2013. “I am delighted to join Falcon Motorsport for what looks to be an exciting season,” said Darius. “I feel that this is the right series to make the transition from karting to car racing. Even though I have had little experience in the car I am confident that I will be competitive as the season progresses.”
Nick Streatfield, Falcon team owner, added, “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to secure both Alexandra and Darius to race with Falcon Motorsport. Of course the deals have come together very late, but both drivers have huge potential and we relish the prospect of developing their talents. Brands Hatch will be a challenge against drivers who have been testing regularly, but I’m confident they will learn quickly and surprise many.”
Falcon Motorsport was established in 1989, initially under the banner of Streatfield Motorsport, changing its name to Falcon in 1994. The team has competed in a number of championships including British Formula 3, UK Formula Renault, BARC Formula Renault, Formula Ford, Formula Ford 2000 and Formula BMW. In 2014 the Oxfordshire team achieved second place in the both the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain team cup and drivers’ championship with BRDC Rising Star Harrison Scott.