Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Zane burning up the F4 circuit

Zane Maloney returns to action at the Bushy Park Racing Circuit in St Philip today in the Williams Industries International Race Meet, with his mindset on pleasing an adorning Barbadian public.

The 15-year-old is on break from a gruelling Formula four schedule in Europe.

If you are unaware who Maloney is, he is Barbados’s first racing driver to compete in Europe, and the champion karter is already making his mark in junior single-seaters via a dominant rookie British Formula Four (F4) season with Carlin.

He told Loop News the past year has been an amazing ride.  Alone in 2018, he entered 21 races, won seven, had 11 podium finishes, drew pole position three times and had the fastest lap four times.  All in all, his race win percentage for 2018 stood at 33.3 per cent and his podium percentage was 52.4 per cent.  Currently, he sits atop the tables for 2019 in the F4 British Championship powered by Ford, in first place with 310 points.

“It has been amazing.  We have been breaking all of the records but so far so good.  Motorsport is a very weird sport where things can go good one day and not the other, but we are doing our best.”

Looking back on the days when he used to go-karting with his father racing champion Mark Maloney, Zane, who is a huge fan of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, said his dream in a few years was to be on the F1 scene.

“My dad and I went to Europe for karting and it went well so we decided to try F4 this year and we have been breaking records.  We didn’t think that we would have done this good coming into it.

“Next year I think I am going to be doing F3.  Next year I think I am only one or two steps away from Formula One so with all of the support from everyone I think it is possible,” Zane said.

Speaking to his plans this weekend, he noted that it shaping up to be an amazing event with a lot of really quick drivers coming our and really good cars.

“I will be enjoying the weekend because I don’t get many in Barbados.  I hope to be in the event in some way or form.  I hope to be in a car I don’t know which one yet. . . but I hope to give the crowd a good show.

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