Vietnamese racer participates in the F3 series

Alex Sawer Hoang Dat, a promising 16-year-old racer with dual British-Vietnamese heritage, has taken a significant leap in his burgeoning motorsports career by signing with the Finnish racing team KIC Evans GP to compete in the 2024 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine (FRECA). This marks a substantial step up from his current participation in the F4 Chinese Championship with BlackJack Racing.

Hoang Dat’s rise in the world of motorsports began in the F4 India 2023 championship, where he impressed team owner Joshua Evans with his resilience and competitive spirit against more seasoned racers. “I was struck by Dat’s talent and attitude on the track. His ability to deliver strong performances against experienced competitors caught my eye. I am eager to collaborate to help him develop into a professional racer,” stated Evans.

Currently, in the F4 Chinese Championship, Hoang Dat has shown consistent performance, claiming first and second places in the recent Shanghai races, positioning him second overall in the championship standings. His transition to F3 with KIC Evans GP in the European circuit is a testament to his potential and growing prowess in motorsport.

Hoang Dat was born in 2008 to a British father and a Vietnamese mother in Ho Chi Minh City, where he began his racing career in Go-Karting. He holds Vietnamese nationality and represents Vietnam in various international racing competitions. His current coach, former F3 racer Mitch Gilbert from Malaysia, has been instrumental in refining Dat’s skills, preparing him for the higher challenges of F3 racing.

The FRECA series is an esteemed part of the F3 category, known for its competitive nature and being a critical stepping stone for young racers aspiring to advance to Formula 2 and eventually Formula 1. The 2024 FRECA will run from May 11 to October 27, featuring 20 races across ten countries, including Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, France, Austria, and Spain. Dat’s participation not only highlights his personal growth and ambition but also signifies a milestone for Southeast Asian representation in the sport, joining Thai racer Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi as one of the few from the region in this prestigious European series.

With a grid of 36 drivers from 12 teams, the championship promises to be a formidable arena where Hoang Dat will continue to test his mettle and sharpen his racing skills against some of the best young talents in motorsports today.

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