Car Number: 9
Country: Czech Republic
Team: Giles Motorsport
Sixteen year old Czech Republic driver Petr Ptacek Jr will race in the 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series, and the Italian Formula 4 Rookie Cup winner is aiming to make a big impression.
A karter from the age of seven, Prague-based Ptacek Jr only made his single seater debut this season in the Italian series and impressed from the start, dominating the Rookie Cup. He finished an impressive fifth overall for Venice-based Bhaitech Racing in a field of 24 drivers.
He's also caught the eye of F1 giant Ferrari recently, securing a place on its Ferrari Drivers Academy training camp at their Fiorano test track where selected drivers tested a current Formula 4 car, and also undertook simulation and physical tests under the guidance of experienced Ferrari team members Massimo Rivola, Raffaele Giammaria and former Formula One and Formula 3000 racer Enrico Toccacelo.
One of a number of up and coming Northern Hemisphere drivers looking to compete in the New Zealand series in 2019 to accumulate FIA Super Licence points as well as international experience, Ptacek Jr is looking to build on what has been a stand-out first season out of karts.
He will run with the vastly experienced Stephen Giles at Giles Motorsport and is confident he can build on the momentum of 2018.