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Tom Lebbon will graduate in to the 2021 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with Elite Motorsport, following the team's second driver announcement ahead of its maiden season in the UK's leading single-seater series.
Lebbon's move into open-wheel racing comes following an impressive debut season in the Ginetta Junior Championship, during which he won both the outright and Rookie titles. His impressive season included 15 overall podium finishes from 21 starts, including five race wins, and 13 Rookie class wins. He claimed seven pole positions too, and registered just one retirement.
The youngster from Bury St Edmunds began karting aged eight, and 2019 he finished fourth in the IAME European Karting Series, including a victory at Casteletto, Italy. Tom, who finished second in the British LGM series that year, was awarded the 2020 Ginetta Junior Scholarship in October 2019.
His performance last year was recently recognised by the BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) which awarded him with the Peter Collins Trophy, presented to the most promising newcomer competing in a BARC championship each year.
Lebbon joins Javier Sagrera Pont for the 24-race campaign, with the team close to confirming a third driver too. The championship is scheduled to begin at Brands Hatch over 22-23 May.
Lebbon said: "My aim is to achieve a strong year in F3 while picking up some good finishes along the way. I want to use this year to learn and experience single-seater racing and develop my driving. I need to adapt to slick tyres and aero which is all new to me. I’ve only completed about five days in a F3 car, at Snetterton and Valencia, and testing has been pretty limited due to poor weather. I’ve a good bond with Elite and believe that they can compete at high level in BF3. They have won lots of races and championships and I believe they are a good choice despite Elite being new to the Formula 3 paddock.”
Team owner and manager, Eddie Ives, said: “I’m absolutely delighted and excited to be announcing Tom in one of our BF3 cars. There are no better words to describe the season that he had in 2020 as ‘truly exceptional’ – a stunning performance. Moving up from Ginetta Juniors into a F3 single-seater is a big step for a driver so young and with just one year of [car] racing under his belt. But this is a two-year programme and I’m confident Tom will ultimately excel in the category.”
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