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At the age of 15, Aiden Read – an up and coming racing driver from Perth – is set to make his international racing debut in the final round of the 2014 Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) at the ultra-modern Shanghai International Circuit (18-19 October), as a precursor to a full-time campaign with Eurasia Motorsport in 2015.

Coming from a passionate motorsport family, Read is an exciting young talent from Perth, Australia who raced Karts from the age of ten, before graduating to car racing in 2013.

After a highly successful Karting career spanning three years, Read graduated to single-seaters in the WA Sporting Car Club Formula Vee Championship at the tender age of 14, where he sublimely demonstrated his natural ability and set himself out as one to watch for the future.

Having developed and refined his driving skills in his native Australia, the young hotshot is now broadening his horizons by progressing to higher profile racing categories, starting with the super-competitive Formula Masters China Series.

Read has partaken in a versatile and comprehensive testing and development programme in a wide variety of single-seater racers with the Eurasia and ETEC Motorsport teams.

The 15-year old Australian impressed during a productive test in a Eurasia Motorsport-run Formula Masters racer at Clark International Speedway (CIS) in the Philippines recently, where he sensationally eclipsed the lap record with a time in the 1m53.6s bracket, having benefited greatly from guidance from one of Britain’s most successful GT drivers, Oliver Gavin.

A quadruple American Le Mans Series Champion and a four-time class winner in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, Gavin is currently spending time ‘down under’ for a campaign in the Australian V8 Supercars Pirtek Endurance Cup in 2014, and raced his Walkinshaw Racing-run Heavy Haulage Australia/Coates Hire Holden VF Commodore to third position in the Bathurst 1000 last weekend (11-12 October).

Gavin took time out of his busy schedule to mentor Read, as the young Australian racer readies himself for his maiden Formula Masters outing with the Eurasia Motorsport team at China’s premier racetrack and the host venue of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, the Shanghai International Circuit (SIC), this weekend (18-19 October).

“I’m feeling mentally and physically prepared for Shanghai, and I’m really looking forward to working with the management and team at Eurasia,” said Read. “My objective is to drive the very best I can and also soak up as much as I can about how the Formula Masters China Series events operate, so I know what to expect next year when I participate in the full race season. While being a weekend to ‘bed in’ to the Eurasia team prior to a 2015 championship campaign, I think that this weekend is as much about showing people what can do at this early stage in my career. The only pressure I feel at the moment is what I place on myself to perform at my best.

“The varied tests I have undergone so far this year have been, I feel, an extremely beneficial and crucial part of my development. The amount I have learnt in the last six months has been incredible and I already feel like a more versatile and understanding driver. Already this year I have driven Formula Ford, Formula BMW, Formula Pilota and Toyota Racing Series (TRS) cars. I am grateful having had the opportunity in these recent months to work with experienced international teams such as Eurasia Motorsports and ETEC, and to have the chance to work with Oliver Gavin was a privilege. The experience and knowledge of the people I have worked with has been integral to building my confidence when driving these progressively higher level open wheelers.”

Read continued: “The weather when testing with Olly in Victoria was pretty horrible, to be honest. Constant rain and cold temperatures were not ideal for driving a TRS car. However, Olly’s coaching helped me to better understand how to make the most of the variable conditions. Apart from that, Olly helped me to understand approaching a race weekend and the importance of off-track performance for a driver. Without a doubt, these lessons learnt and Olly’s insight will be extremely beneficial to my participation this weekend in my first FMCS event and hopefully to my 2015 season.”

 

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