Devlin DeFrancesco may not be a household name right now, you may not even be aware of the highly-competitive Euroformula Open he has just graduated to, but he is certainly one who has a bright future in the sport of motor racing.
The 16-year-old had an impressive debut year in single-seaters and will be stepping up to the Euroformula Open Championship - formally known as the Spanish Formula Three Championship - with his team Carlin.
Away from his career in auto racing, he is enrolled at Haileybury, an Independent Boarding School, in Hertfordshire, near London, despite being born in Toronto and growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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However, he left the US in pursuit of his dream to become a racing superstar, like his idol Ayrton Senna.
He has been racing since he was six and prior to graduating to Euroformula, raced for the Surrey-based Carlin squad in the F4 British Championship this year, helping them win the Teams' Cup and narrowly missing out on the drivers' title despite three wins and 10 podiums.
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But the step up to Euroformula Open only shows the progression the young man is making and he is looking forward to the new challenge.
“I’m really looking forward to getting going and am very happy to continue my partnership with Carlin, who have offered me a huge amount of support.
“It will be a challenge, but I’ve been working very hard so that I’m in the best possible position when the season gets underway,” he said.
Carlin are one of Britain's most successful racing teams, having won four times in their maiden Euroformula Open campaign in 2016, and DeFrancesco is confident he can continue the team's fortunes next year.
“It was a very promising campaign for the boys in blue and the way they adapted so quickly to Euroformula Open demonstrates the amazingly high level this team performs at.
“They had an awesome second half of the year, winning four of the last eight races, and I’m sure that we’ll be at the front fighting for victories at every round in 2017.”
And the 16-year-old met with Team Principal Trevor Carlin, who is delighted to be continuing that partnership for next season.
“Devlin has been part of the team in one way or another for the past two seasons so we’re extremely happy to have him on board as the first driver announced in our Euroformula Open line up,” Carlin said.
“Devlin is a fantastic asset to have in any team and will no doubt show himself well from the very start of the 2017 season as he gets to grip with a new car and a new challenge.
"He’s been working incredibly hard this past season in his dual campaign and I can’t wait to see what he is capable of in the Euroformula Open car."
DeFrancesco will be hoping he can continue his rise in motor sport with Carlin and will be looking forward to the racing calendar being formally announced.
“The calendar is yet to be finalised, but I’m sure wherever we go it will be a new experience for me,” Devlin said. “At this level every year throws up new experiences, I can’t wait!”