- Ayrton to race with Garry and Christian Horner’s TRS Arden team
- Youngster relishing the chance to compete with some of the most exciting and promising motorsport talents
18 January, 2016 – Ayrton Simmons is set to be the youngest racer on the 2016 MSA Formula grid as he embarks on his rookie season with TRS Arden. The Spain-based driver, who does not turn 15 until late April, will join the Ford EcoBoost-powered championship at Thruxton the following month.
Ayrton rose through the karting ranks in Spain at a rapid pace and this progression has only continued since he started competing in the UK. He now finds himself graduating from SuperOne (Rotax & X30) and Rotax Euro Challenge Championships to MSA Formula.
His karting accolades include Madrid champion, Copa Iberica champion, as well as being the youngest Karting World Finals winner at the age of 11.
His talent and rate of progression has not gone unnoticed or unrewarded, with TRS Arden signing the driver for the 2016 MSA Formula season.
The relationship with Arden is not a new one, according to Simmons: “I’ve been working with Arden for about three years since I moved to the UK, as a result of being part of the Young Racing Driver Academy. I was worried they might make me wait another year for the MSA Formula seat because of how young I am, so I’m really pleased to get the chance this year. It’s fantastic because I know everyone in the team. I get on really well with all the engineers and mechanics and that will definitely help me settle a lot quicker.”
The combination of Ford backing the series and the calibre of drivers is what Ayrton says really attracted him to MSA Formula. However, he will have to wait for the third round of the season at Thruxton before he can compete against motorsport’s brightest young stars.
Nevertheless, Ayrton was keen to dispel any thoughts that he would be relaxing trackside during the first part of the season: “Although I can’t compete in the first two rounds I will be doing lots of simulator and fitness work, focusing on making the best start at Thruxton.”
He also reflected on longer term plans; stating that the “first year in MSA Formula will be all about learning, building up little by little with no pressure, and then for year two the aim is a full blown title assault.”
Simmons is one of four drivers on the books of TRS Arden for the coming season. He joins championship returnee Rafael Martins, Australian F4 front-runner Luis Leeds and another karting talent Jack Martin.