December 18, 2019
BRDC British F3
The 17-year-old joined the YRDA programme last year as he moved over from Australia to start racing single seaters in Europe. Racing in the British F4 championship with Arden Motorsport, Bart made an immediate impact taking a win and podium in just the second round of the season at Donington Park.
A consistent set of results from there would eventually see Bart claim 5th in the championship. The results, unsurprisingly, caught the eye of several teams including British F3 team Lanan Racing. After a successful evaluation day, which included guidance from Williams F1 driver, George Russell Bart became the third driver to join the grid for 2020.
Similar to previous years the series will support the British GT Championship with visits to Silverstone, Donington Park, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Spa-Francorchamps. It will be Bart’s first race on a European circuit and will be a great proving ground for his future racing career.
His experience in the British F4 championship will certainly help Bart at most of the circuits having raced at all bar one in F4. However, Bart will have to adjust to a step up in machinery going from a 1.6-litre 157bhp F4 car to a 2-litre 230bhp F3 car. However, Bart has already enjoyed several outings in the car as he prepares himself for the first race of the season at Oulton Park in April.
Bart Horsten: “I’m very excited to be moving up to the BRDC British F3 Championship with Lanan Racing for 2020. They have an excellent track record at this level, and I’ve really enjoyed working with them since our day at Donington a couple of months ago. That day made a big impression on me, the car was amazing and it was great to meet George Russell too. Since then I’ve got more familiar with the car and the team, and I’m very much looking forward to a competitive year with Graham Johnson and the Lanan guys in 2020.”
Team Principal Graham Johnson: “Bart has done a brilliant job with us in the testing we’ve carried out so far, and we were very keen to get him onboard for the 2020 season. We’re delighted he’s chosen to race with us, while he’s done a fair bit of single seater racing, his experience of slicks and wings is just one season, so that makes his performances in F4 and in testing all the more impressive. He’ll be one to watch next year.”
Bart will join Josh Mason in the Lanan garage and will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of previous drivers who have raced for the team which include Indy Lights driver Toby Sowery.