Third place in F1 Esports, a Race of Champions sensation, OverTake Hero of the Month and now, Scottish Formula Ford driver! Lucas Blakeley will jump into real world car racing for the first time.
Image credit: Lucas Blakeley
Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any better for Scottish sensation Lucas Blakeley, they have done. The former Aston Martin F1 Esports racer will be driving in the real world for a full season’s worth of action after he defeated four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel in the Race of Champions event in Sweden earlier this year.
For Lucas’ efforts in the snow, we made him Hero of the Month for February.
The Next Step
He told us after his Race of Champions experience that he hoped he could get into real racing either for a race or a full season. Well either he was hinting at his most recently announcement, or the universe answered his prayers, as he has joined Graham Brunton Racing for a season of the Scottish Formula Ford 1600 Championship.
Formula Ford cars are wingless and run with treaded tyres, providing quite the challenge for drivers. Many high profile F1 alumni have gone through Formula Ford at some point in their career, including the likes of Ayrton Senna and , but also there’s been plenty of esports racers who have competed in Formula Ford.
Blakeley will be following in the footsteps of the two-time F1 Esports champion , 2019 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup champion and his Red Bull teammate who even won the coveted Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, one of the most prestigious races in Formula Ford.
Where can we watch?
Those who live near Knockhill are in luck! All but one of the rounds take place at the eastern Scotland track and Lucas will compete there in April, June, July, August and October, with one round outside of Scotland taking place at the Croft circuit in North East England in May.
But for those non-locals who want to follow Blakeley’s progress, the Scottish Motor Racing Club broadcast the races on their YouTube channel.
In love with this picture, I never thought I’d realistically get behind the wheel of a car after I stopped karting. Don’t stop chasing the dream ♥️ pic.twitter.com/82WffBng3E— Lucas Blakeley (@LucasBlakeley01) March 24, 2022
We can be certain that our February Hero of the Month will be very successful in the Scottish Formula Ford Championship!
How well do you think Blakeley will do in Scottish Formula Ford? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!