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Former Team USA Scholar Jeansonne joins Oldfield for 2019 National campaign

American driver Aaron Jeansonne, who previously competed on British shores as part of the Team USA Scholarship, will join Oldfield Motorsport for an Avon Tyres BRSCC National FF1600 Championship campaign.

Jeansonne made his FF1600 debut in the UK as one of two drivers selected by Jeremy Shaw’s Team USA Scholarship programme in 2017.

He made a brief appearance in the BRSCC-run National and Northern championships in preparation for his first attempt at the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy events later that year.

Having been forced to cut short a campaign in the FRP Formula 2000 Championship in his homeland midway through last year due to funding issues, Jeansonne has been out of action since, but will now return to full-time competition after striking a deal with James Oldfield.

“I can’t wait to go back across the pond and finish what I started in 2017,” said Jeansonne of his return to FF1600.

“The biggest goal of mine this season is to continue to give this team the performances they deserve and showcase the speed of their cars.

“It’ll be a learning experience but I feel more confident knowing I’ve already had a taste of the action there.”

Despite budget issues that curtailed Jeansonne’s domestic campaign last season, eponymous team principal James Oldfield was keen to strike a deal with the former Team USA Scholar, the American being the first driver to open talks with Oldfield late last year.

Though Jeansonne’s experience in the formula is somewhat limited, his combined mileage in single seaters made him an attractive option for Oldfield.

“He has experience of racing single seater cars, being quick, and is a respected young racing driver. He shone at the 2017 Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy, and caught our eye,” said Oldfield.

“We have been working together really hard on sponsorship and a deal for Aaron for a long time, and we are delighted we have been able to put things together to make it all possible for 2019.”

Despite having spent a considerable amount of time last season away from single seaters, Oldfield was also confident that Jeansonne would be a title contender in his first full season in BRSCC National FF1600.

“The championship is healthy and competitive with teams and drivers alike, so we know it will be no walk in the park for anyone,” he said.

“With Aaron’s driving and racing ability in our car, I am certain we can compete for the Championship from the first race.”

Oldfield has already confirmed Henry Chart for its National line-up on a part-time basis, with a further driver announcement expected to follow in the coming days.

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