American aspiring single-seater stars of the future Ayrton Houk and Jack Sullivan sampled GB3 machinery with Ammonite Motorsport at Donington Park last weekend, taking advantage of the break between the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Festival events.
Houk, aged 20 from McCordsville, Indiana, and 17-year-old Sullivan from Hamilton, Ohio, both enjoyed stints at the wheel of the team’s Tatuus MSV 022 machine around the East Midlands venue, and are racing with Ammonite at the blue riband Formula Ford events.
Sullivan was the highest placed of the duo in last weekend’s Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, finishing ninth in the final, with Houk 14th.
With a fortnight between the events, it left a weekend spare in their schedule, allowing the pair to sample the UK’s fastest single-seater racing series during an official test day, with the 250 horsepower GB3 car representing a large step up from Formula Ford.
Houk, who finished third in this year’s FRP F1600 Championship in the USA, said: “Super fun day with Ammonite Motorsport. Thank you to the entire Ammonite team, Jeremy Shaw and the Team USA Scholarship for arranging the opportunity for us to run the GB3 car at Donington Park. What an absolute blast!”
Fellow FRP racer Sullivan added: “An incredible day at Donington Park with Ammonite Motorsport in the GB3 car. Such a cool experience to finally get a feel for a wing car and especially in something as quick as a GB3 car. Thanks so much to Andy Low and the Team USA Scholarship for allowing us this immense opportunity.”
The pair will be back in Formula Ford action this weekend (4-5 November) at the Walter Hayes Trophy event at Silverstone.
Previous winners of the Team USA Scholarship since 1990 include Jimmy Vasser, Bryan Herta, Josef Newgarden and Kyle Kirkwood among many other notable contenders.