South African Rotax Max DD2 and double Western Province DD2 and Senior Rotax Max karting champion Jonathan Aberdein will take a big step in up his race career when he competes to the German ADAC Formula 4 championship this season.
“Jonathan Aberdein will drive for Team Motopark in the 2016 ADAC German Formula 4 championship,” team principal Timo Rumpfkeil confirmed. “Jonathan has won everything there is to win in karting in his native South Africa and he brings everything we expect as a driver.”
Jonathan, son of former top SA race star Chris Aberdein raced karts under his dad’s watchful eye as he developed as a driver over the past six seasons, culminating not just in last year’s triple title, but also in strong showings in the European Rotax Max championship and World Finals. Jonathan also put in a spectacular performance when he stole sixth overall in a recalcitrant kart in the Rok World Finals.
Now Jonathan steps up to the big time when he races for Team Motopark in the ADAC German Formula 4 championship against the likes of Mick Schumacher (you may know who his dad Michael is) and a strong field of other international hopefuls who hope to use the illustrious series as the springboard to top race career.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to race in Formula 4 with Team Motopark in 2016,” Jonathan confirmed. “The German Formula Four Championship is highly competitive and will give me the ideal platform to advance my career in motorsport.”
“2016 will be a steep learning year for Jonathan,” Motopark team principal Rumpfkeil pointed out. “He doesn’t know the car or the tracks yet, but he’s a natural talent and we will do our best to support him, so I’m confident that he can break into the top 10 quickly.”
The ADAC German Formula 4 season runs as part of the high profile ADAC roadshow over eight rounds in Germany, Austria and Holland starting at Oschersleben 17 April.