March 24, 2021
Caden has been a driver that has caught our eye here at the YRDA for a number of years. He took the Cadet classes by storm with 3rd in the Formula Kart Stars championship in 2015, which led him to be a guest on the grid of Formula One British Grand Prix. He proved that result was no fluke replicating it in the British Kart Championships the following year.
His time in the Cadet and junior classes saw him racing against some of the World’s best including McLaren Formula One driver, Lando Norris. In 2019, Caden would go for glory in the Junior X30 class and succeeded taking the English Championship crown as well as finishing as Vice British Champion.
That result would see Caden qualify for the IAME International Final in Le Mans, but his age meant he would have to compete in the Senior class alongside 140 of the World’s best. With thousands watching online Caden proved he could beat just about anyone as went on to finish a very creditable 7th in a thrilling final.
With COVID-19 shortly striking after the event it put a complete stop to Caden’s preparation for the 2020 season, which would be his first in the Senior X30 class. When the championships eventually got started Caden would be forced to ‘learn on the job’ but he would very quickly find his feet.
Overseas Caden would finish 7th in the IAME Euro Series, whilst back on home soil he finished 6th in the British Kart Championships and 3rd in the Ultimate Karting Championships. It was those performances that caught the eye of the YRDA team and we are now very excited to welcome Caden onto our programme.
Caden will fly the flag for YRDA in the senior class following in the footsteps of former FIA Karting World Champion, Danny Keirle. Caden will receive all the support that comes with the programme including simulator sessions at Arden Motorsport, training days along with support in fitness, nutrition, marketing, social media and many more.
With YRDA alumni competing in both the FIA Formula 2 Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship this season the sky is certainly the limit for Caden. But first he will be looking to get his hands on some titles this year as he replicates his calendar from 2020.
Caden McQueen: “I am delighted to have been offered a place in the Young Racing Driver Academy. To be following the footsteps of FIA Formula 2 drivers, Dan Ticktum and Oscar Piastri is a real honour and has given me an extra boost for this season and beyond. This is a huge opportunity for me and I am delighted to have been selected by the YRDA team. I have already began working with the team and I’m sure that it will help me in my first race of the season this weekend at Mariembourg (BEL). It’s the season opener for the IAME Euro Series and I am pleased to now be representing both YRDA and Croc Promotion.”
The season will begin at Mariembourg (BEL) this weekend for the IAME Euro Series first round where he will join fellow YRDA members, Vinnie Phillips and Jesse Phillips.