Brazilian driver Matheus Leist contests the 2016 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with Double R Racing.
Leist, who became a race winner in MSA Formula with Double R in 2015, was the first driver to be announced by the Woking-based squad. The 18-year-old, who hails from Novo Hamburgo in Brazil, took two race victories in his MSA Formula campaign, at Donington Park and Silverstone respectively, in addition to five other podiums on his way to fifth overall in the championship standings.
Leist, who is managed by British F3 racer winner and ex-Champ Car Atlantic racer Danilo Dirani, made the move from karting to cars in 2014 where he participated in the Brazilian F3 Light Series and became a multiple podium finisher. Ending his rookie campaign as Vice-Champion, the South American claimed three outright rostrum finishes, two class victories and seven other class podiums.
In addition to his impressive MSA Formula campaign with Double R this year, Leist contested several FIA Formula 3 European Championship races with the team – in place of the injured Nicolas Pohler – and also competed in a couple of MRF Challenge contests.
Leist said: “It’s really great to be staying with the guys at Double R for the move up to British F3 and I’m really looking forward to racing the new car. We had a strong season in MSA Formula and I know we can do the same again this year in the BRDC series.
“The car is a big step on from the car I raced this year, it’s very quick and has a lot of grip from the aero – I’m really impressed by it. Hopefully we can have some strong preparation over the winter and push for wins and the championship. I know Double R will give me a great car.”
|2015||Fifth overall in MSA Formula, taking two wins in addition to five other podiums|
|2014||Vice Champion in Formula 3 Brazil light, taking two wins and nine podium finishes|
|2013||Brazilian National Karting, second in the Petrobras Karting Championship|