Graham Brunton Racing has signed karter Cameron Thomson for this year’s SMRC Scottish FF1600 championship, joining Logan Hannah at the Knockhill-based squad.
Thomson completes what is a rebranded arm of GBR for 2019, with the team focusing on developing young Scottish drivers via the GBR Driver Development programme.
The 16-year-old Scot drove finished sixth in the British Karting championship’s Junior Rotax standings for KR-Sport last year, which started on a high with a podium in the Final of the first round of the season. He’s now confident he can make the transition to cars and develop with GBR.
“I am honoured to be racing this year with Graham Brunton Racing as part of their Young Driver Development Programme,” Thomson said.
“To be part of this is an exciting development opportunity for me. I am really pleased to be racing under the GBR name!”
With a pair of teenage rookies in the team this season, GBR’s quest for a sixth FF1600 title in a row is likely to face a stern challenge from series veteran Jordan Gronkowski, but team manager Craig Brunton was keen to stress an change of approach in 2019.
“We have re-focused over the winter months and taking young Scottish drivers forward is what we are passionate about,” Brunton told FF1600website.
“Our team is best placed to do so and working with Cameron and Logan we are confident going into 2019 that we can give them the knowledge and skills they need to go forward for a career in the sport.
“This is firmly our ethos at GBR, no time is wasted with young drivers learning – on and off the track – and an apprenticeship in the sport is what we aim to deliver.”
Thomson and Hannah will front up the team’s main efforts, with Steve Barlow and Gary Sykes likely to complete a four-car line-up.