Hawkins to make her MSA Formula debut with Ford EcoBoost power

Jessica Hawkins
  • 20-year-old former kart star Jess joins Falcon Motorsport for Oulton Park races
  • Hawkins seeking budget to complete the season

22 May, 2015 – Twenty-year-old Jess Hawkins is set to step up to the Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula Championship next month. She will join the Falcon Motorsport team for the Oulton Park rounds of the UK’s leading talent-training single-seater series and has started a crowd-funding campaign to help her raise a budget to see out the season.

“VCM Motorsport has been working on my behalf and has helped me to get the funding in place for me for Oulton Park, which is fantastic,” said Hampshire-based Jess. “Now I am aiming to raise the finance for the rest of the season.” Hawkins has started a Twitter campaign – #imbackingjess – with the campaign message “Driven by Jess, powered by Ford, funded by you!” and has set up a fund-raising page on gofundme.com

The successful former karter and British Women Racing Drivers Club Gold Star award finalist made her single-seater debut in an EcoBoost-powered Formula Ford at Silverstone last September, claiming a brace of top-10 finishes. “I have not raced anything since then and I’m keen to get out there again and show what I can do,” added Jess. “I have never driven at Oulton so it will be a big ask – new car, new track – and I will be taking things as they come, hopefully making steady improvements during the weekend and if I could make the top 10 that would be fantastic. I am looking at this season as testing and preparation for a full campaign in 2016.”

Nick Streatfield, Falcon Motorsport team principal, said: “We are delighted to have Jess on board for Oulton Park, and hopefully beyond. It will be tough for her to learn a new car and a new track, but we look forward to working with her to help her get to grips with it all, as we have with her team-mate Darius Karbaley, who has come on in leaps and bounds since the start of the season.”

Hawkins will be the third female driver to sample MSA Formula this season, and will join Richardson Racing’s Louise Richardson on the grid at Oulton. Romanian teen Alexandra Marinescu is expected to return to the series later in the season.

The Oulton Park rounds of MSA Formula – races 10, 11 and 12 of the championship – are scheduled for the first weekend of June, the 6th/7th, with extensive coverage of Sunday’s track action on ITV4.

Falcon to field MSA Formula cars for Alexandra Marinescu and Darius Karbaley

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.