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Mclaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Will Palmer will make his debut in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship this weekend at Spa after rejoining HHC Motorsport.
Reigning BRDC Formula 4 champion Palmer will handle HHC’S third Tatuus-cosworth chassis for the triple-header event in the Belgian Ardennes. HHC will also run other cars for regular drivers Ben Hingeley and Sisa Ngebulana.
Palmer is the latest in a line of guest drivers to handle the car, following