Cliff Dempsey Racing has signed Canadian F1600 graduate Spike Kohlbecker for its 2019 BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 campaign.
Kohlbecker competed in the 2018 Canadian F1600 Championship and started off 2019 with races in the New Zealand FF1600 Championship.
The 16-year-old American claimed a double podium in each of his first two races in New Zealand after signing up for a partial season.
He finished in the top three of the 2018 Canadian F1600 Toyo Tyres Championship in both the Ontario series and the Ontario/Quebec Super Series.
“We had Jeremy Shaw [Team USA Scholarship President] recommend us to Cliff [Dempsey],” Kohlbecker told FF1600website.com.
“We talked to Cliff for quite some time. We kept in touch with him ever since we talked to Jeremy and he was a key player in leading us over to the UK after we got a little more practice in New Zealand.”
“I’m happy to race for them and promote their brand and business and his team.”
Kohlbecker believes his experience on Canada’s technical tracks and New Zealand’s “kart-like” shorter tracks will help him in National FF1600, with the young American having spent 10 years in karts.
“I’ve learnt so many different tracks over there [Canada]. I especially learnt how to draft over there, we went to a few technical courses and I excelled there too and I was happy with that.
“When I went over to NZ, I excelled there because the tracks are much shorter than the ones in Canada. This was a different type of racing that for me I hadn’t experienced yet.
“It was more like a kart type racing. I had 10 years of karting under my belt so I was very well equipped on knowing what to do, when to pass and when not to pass.”
Kohlbecker will take part in a few tests before with CDR before the National FF1600 begins at Snetterton on April 20-21.
“We are delighted to have Spike join our team for the 2019 season,” said Cliff Dempsey. “He comes with a lot of FF1600 experience and no doubt his recent racing in New Zealand will serve him well.
“We are excited to have completed this partnership and now we can’t wait to get going. This is going to be a very completive field this year and we’re anxious to see Spike in the mix.”