Fred Martin-Dye plans a full season in the Sinter Formula Ford.

One of the hottest prospects from last year’s Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship, Fred Martin-Dye, has landed a works seat for the coming season, it is confirmed today. The 24-year-old from Surrey will race an EcoBoost-powered Sinter with the factory Fluid Motorsport team.

Martin-Dye displayed prodigious talent as a teenager in karting but took a five-year sabbatical from the sport to gain a masters degree in automotive engineering. He returned to the track last April and was immediately competitive in a Formula Ford, securing a podium finish in only his second race.

Fred’s 2012 campaign was only a taster, lasting four meetings, but now he plans a full-season assault on Formula Ford as it enters its new era of enhanced EcoBoost power and aerodynamics.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have signed a deal with Fluid to race the brand new Sinter chassis this year and I’m really looking forward to getting out there and building on everything we achieved last season,” said Fred.

“We really weren’t sure what to expect last year, especially after such a long time away from racing, but I was quietly confident we could take some good results. Everything is new again this year with the addition of the wings, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge. With the bonus of live TV coverage, it should be a fantastic season.”

Martin-Dye will compete in support of national charity the Amber Foundation, which helps disadvantaged and unemployed young people gain motivation, confidence and skills to help them improve their lives.

Fred is the second driver publicly to commit to the Sinter chassis for 2013 – Radical’s James Abbott will drive one also, and was due imminently to begin the new car’s testing programme.

The opening rounds of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain are three weekends away at Brands Hatch (30/31 March), where the series will take up its new slot as a BTCC support event in front of ITV4’s live cameras.

For more information visit www.britishformulaford.co.uk


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