Perth racer, Aidan Read, vows to attack the 2016 Formula Masters China Series (FMCS), as he will benefit from continuity after re-signing with Eurasia Motorsport, as well as professional coaching from five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and Bathurst 1000 podium finisher, Oliver Gavin.
Read raced outside of his native Australia for the first time in late 2014 and then committed to a full-time campaign in the entry-level Formula Masters China single-seater series with the leading Eurasia Motorsport outfit last year. The teenager used his seat time to great effect, not only refining his driving abilities, but also acclimatising to Asia’s most challenging circuits and, most notably, improving his mental approach to racing.
He ended the year as a strong and well-rounded competitor and will endeavour to use all lessons learned during 2015 to attack the forthcoming FMCS season and hopefully establish himself as a regular top three finisher. However, Read will benefit from a close working relationship with five-time Le Mans winner, four-time American Le Mans Series Champion and Bathurst 1000 podium finisher, Oliver Gavin. The Briton, who is embarking on his 15th consecutive season under the Corvette Racing banner, is hugely experienced, having started racing as a teenager in Karting before making a name for himself in cars in 1990.
He won the coveted McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award in 1991, tested for the Benetton and Renault Formula 1 teams and most recently dovetailed a full-time campaign in the United SportsCar Championship with a second consecutive assault on the Australian V8 Supercars PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
Read is confident that professional mentoring from somebody with so much knowledge and experience in professional motorsport will only make him a more complete racing driver and a force to be reckoned with. “Our plan from the very beginning was to gain experience in the first season in the Formula Masters China Series and then really go for it in year two once I have a feel for the championship,” said Read. “I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be continuing with Eurasia Motorsport in 2016 and I hope to pick up from where we left off in Shanghai, where we achieved some good results.
“The 2015 season was very encouraging and I believe the experiences and lessons learned can be converted into strong finishes, because I’m a much better driver and a more complete package, and I feel I’m now mentally prepared for what the FMCS can bring.”
Read added: “I met Oliver Gavin a few years ago when he first raced in the Bathurst 12 Hours and I have followed him and his career since. He’s a great inspiration, I look up to him and we’ve stayed in touch. He has already helped with some coaching and I’m excited about bouncing ideas off each other and using his knowledge and experience to better myself.
“Olly is one of the most experienced and diverse drivers around, having raced open-wheelers, held F1 test driver roles and won at Le Mans, so he knows lots of different techniques when it comes to the actual driving, as well as strategy and race planning. The difference between average and brilliant drivers is attention-to-detail and Olly is very thorough. I’ve always had an appreciation of the depth required to succeed in motorsport and that’s something I’m looking to emulate.”