CORK racing ace Lucca Allen (16) is moving his racing career onto a global scale after signing with the Mauritius GP outfit to race in this year’s ten round South East Asia FIA F4 Championship.
Last year was the Shanagarry teenager’s first full season in single-seater racing as he contested the British F4 series and subsequently teamed up with Mauritius GP as a guest driver in the final two rounds of the 2018 Asian series where he netted two podium finishes - a second and a third place in Malaysia.
That seemed to open up a new route for the former Irish karting champion and also unlocked some tangible sponsorship deals with a number of Irish companies in Asia.
Just last week Lucca participated in three days of official pre-season testing in Sepang where he was consistently at the sharp end of the grid and was quickest (overall) on two of the three days.
The FIA sanctioned Asian championship consists of ten rounds beginning in April and spanning right across the Asian continent starting in Sepang before rounds in India, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and China.
Mauritius GP team principal and founder Peter Thompson, who is originally from Wexford, commented, “Lucca is a young driver with plenty of natural talent and speed on the track.
"He has joined us at a critical stage in his driving career and we believe we are perfectly positioned to take him on to the next stage.”
Currently working with a number of potential sponsors Lucca, a student at Newtown Secondary School in Waterford is looking forward to his latest motor racing chapter.
“It’s a busy time for sure.
"The pre-season test went extremely well and I want to carry that form into the racing season and secure as many championship points as possible.”