Carlin's American charge Kaylen Frederick is back for a second go at the BRDC British F3 Championship, and he's aiming for the title in 2020. Here he explains how he's moved from the USA to the UK, his career so far and his career ambitions.
Over to Kaylen...
1. Where is your hometown and can you tell us anything interesting about where you’re from?
I am from Potomac which is in the state of Maryland on the outskirts of Washington D.C. It is hard to find anything racing related here, so I don’t engage with most people about motorsports! Potomac is ranked the 7th most educated American small town in America (if you find that interesting!).
2. Will you be travelling from your home country to race in British F3 or have you moved to live in the UK? If so, where in the UK will you be living?
At the beginning of this year I moved over to the UK, which has proven to be a very good move. The town I’m living in now is called Kingswood, located in northern Surrey. It’s a nice and quiet town and it’s a nice contrast to the intense and busy racing events.
3. How did you first become interested in motorsport?
Even though most of my family members haven’t followed racing until I took it up as a career, my parents have always been motorsports enthusiasts. For as long as I can remember we’ve always watched racing on TV whether it’s four or two wheels, as my parents both raced Ducati and Honda motorcycles.
4. Who has been your biggest career influence so far?
I’ve had many influencers throughout my career. From a very young age my parents really taught me, for one, that effort correlates with outcome but also that you need to immerse yourself in environments that’ll enable growth. Throughout my career I’ve sought out mentors everywhere from driver and performance coaches, great engineers, and other drivers. These are the people that collectively have influenced my career by pushing me, at every stage, to reframe my goals and set a higher standard of expectation and performance for myself. That being said, to answer your question, I couldn’t say I have one biggest career influencer because it has really been a team effort as is the case with all of racing. To choose one would not be giving justice to the incredible support system that I’ve been fortunate to have, and that has enabled me to reach where I am today.
5. Tell us about your career so far and how it has got you to this position in British F3 now?
My experience in racing prior to this season has mainly consisted of US based series. I raced karts at regional and later national levels and this gave me a great foundation before I moved into cars, at the age of 13. There weren’t many series I could race in at the time so I took part in the SCCA F1600 championship (Formula Ford). I then later moved into the Mazda Road To Indy championship for two seasons where I continued my growth and understanding in this Sport that I seemed to have rushed myself into. I accelerated my education and graduated from high school two years early so I could transition over to BRDC British F3. Many extremely talented drivers have come from this series, and the field is highly competitive, which is why we felt it was the best place to further my career. I have to give a lot of credit to team Carlin for my development so far. They have been an amazing part of my development.
6. How has testing in British F3 gone for you so far?
So far pre-season testing has been promising. At every track we go to we seem to learn more about the new 2020 aerodynamic package, while developing improvements in all areas as a team.
7. When the season starts, which circuit are you most looking forward to racing on?
The circuits I’m looking forward to the most this season are Oulton Park, as I had my first pole position and win of the championship there, and Spa. I mean, who doesn’t love Spa!?
8. What is your aim for the 2020 British F3 season?
The only real goal I can set for the outcome of this season is the championship title. I’ve had some wins and a handful of podiums last season. I’ve shown promising steps toward laying the foundation for that goal, and even though current circumstances might act as a bit of a distraction towards the final result, I’ve got my eyes fixed on the prize!
9. When you are not racing or testing, what do you do to keep yourself busy? Are you a gym/fitness fanatic or do you have any interesting hobbies you’d like to let us know about?
In the winter whenever I have downtime at home I love to go skiing. My sister and I were on a state ski racing team a couple of years ago. I always look forward to the winter time so we could get back out on the slopes. Other than that I have all the usual racing driver hobbies, which includes spending time in the gym and on the sim.
10. What are your ultimate career ambitions?
Any racing driver competing in a formula car championship aspires to reach F1. My ambitions are just that. It is a long and difficult journey to get there, but I’m in it for the long haul!
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