Defending Scottish FF1600 champion Ross Martin will join Team Dolan for this season’s BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 season.
Martin, who secured back-to-back titles in the Knockhill-based series for the first time since Stewart Roden, will drive Niall Murray’s title-winning Van Diemen RF99 for his first full National season.
“It’s sort of my last chance to do National this year, and I feel there’s no better team than Bernard’s to do it with,” Martin told FF1600website.
“They won the championship last year and I get to drive the title winning car as well, which is fantastic.”
The teenager had planned an assualt in National last season, but budget issues forced him to pull out on the eve of the opening round at Silverstone, forcing another year in Scotland.
Martin admitted that talks with Dolan team boss Bernard Dolan began during his second appearance at the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout in Arizona last month.
“We got talking and he said that he was very impressed with how I was going during the shootout and asked what I was doing for this year,” Martin said.
“It’s also the first year that I’ve not really had to worry about money. My sponsors have basically covered everything Bernard was asking for, so it’s great to have everything sorted out before the season starts.
While Martin is set for pastures new in 2019, the Dunbartonshire driver admitted that leaving Graham Brunton Racing, with whom he joined in 2017 following a truncated British F4 campaign the previous season, left him with mixed feelings.
“I’m obviously sad to be leaving Graham, but it’s a great opportunity for me to fight for the championship and I’m looking forward to getting started,” Martin added.
“Graham has helped me a lot in the last two seasons and we achieved a lot together. I’ll be forever grateful for that but it was an offer I couldn’t turn down at this stage of my career.”