Tarun Reddy, 16, has confirmed his participation in the 2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship with reigning champions MGR Motorsport. This will be the Indian’s first taste of single-seater racing in Europe. The teenager, formerly part of the Sahara Force India F1 Team Academy, progressed from karting into cars at the tender age of 15 in the MRF 1600 series.
Underlining his promise, Tarun became the youngest ever winner of a race in the category in only his third outing. Tarun got his year off to a great start by winning both races in the first round of the 2014 MRF 1600 Championship.
He said, "I am really happy to be racing in the Protyre Formula Renault Championship in the UK. Everyone knows that doing well in the UK is key to having a successful racing career. We spent the second half of last year seeing which championship to race in for 2014 and we feel this is the best option for me. This is not going to be easy as the field is really competitive and many drivers are in their second year of the championship. Unfortunately I could not get as much testing as I wanted due to my exams. My parents have made it clear that school is priority above anything else so I have been travelling up and down to the UK between my exams. I would like to follow in the footsteps of Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok and do well in the UK to further boost my career."
His team-mates include Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of double World Champion Emmerson Fittipaldi, Matteo Ferrer, who debuted with MGR in Protyre Formula Renault in 2013, and Colin Noble, the reigning Radical SR1 Cup Champion.
For 2014, the championship will be contested over 15 rounds at six race events with a mixture of double-header and triple-header race meetings. Importantly, the grand finale will once again form part of the British Touring Car Championship event at Silverstone in late-September.