Denyssen steps up to the big time

SA kart champion Eugene Deneyssen ready for British Formula 4 attack

South African karting star Eugene Deneyssen will step up to the racing big time when the19-year old tackles this year’s BRDC British Formula 4 Championship with team SWR.

“Eugene impressed us when he first tested for us a couple of years ago and again late last year,” SWR team boss Sean Walkinshaw explained. “He’s a capable young man and continues to show great potential – we are delighted to have signed Eugene for 2016.”

Somerset West racer Deneyssen made his kart debut in 2009, winning the Mini Max Rookie of the Year award before taking fourth in the next year’s SA Mini Max championship. Stepping up, Eugene was third in the 2011 SA Junior Max title race before taking double South African and Western Province Junior Max titles in 2012.

Eugene also represented South Africa in the Junior Rok, Junior Max and Senior Max Karting World Finals before moving up to the main circuit in the 2014 SA Formula Ford series following that initial F4 test. He then took a racing sabbatical in 2015 during which he prepared for a return to the UK and another test before being signed as SWR’s first driver in the ultra-competitive British Formula 4 for the 2016 series.

“I do not underestimate this challenge,” Eugene admitted. “Formula 4 is a most competitive and very tough championship and the new car is a big step forward, but I’m sure we can have a strong year.”

Eugene is presently in the UK testing his new and faster for 2016 Taatus-Cosworth BRDC Formula 4 racer in preparation for the new season: “Learning Silverstone and my first rest at a rainy Snetterton with snowflakes interrupting the session has all been a really amazing experience,” he admitted.

“There’s still a lot to learn – some tracks don’t have much run-off and the weather is pretty bad, which makes it difficult to push, but I'm learning the car quickly, my pace is good and we still have testing at Snetterton and Spa in Belgium, so we should be ready and I’m hoping to be in the top ten early in the season.”

Eugene Deneyssen’s first BRDC Formula 4 race will be at Snetterton in Norfolk, England over the last weekend of March.