Ilott tar­gets F3 ti­tle af­ter Prema switch

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Bri­tish racer Cal­lum Ilott has tar­geted the Euro­pean For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship ti­tle af­ter agree­ing a switch to dom­i­nant out­fit Prema Pow­erteam for the 2017 sea­son.

Eigh­teen-year-old Ilott ( be­low) was sixth in the cham­pi­onship this year, scor­ing two wins, and will move from Van Amers­foort Rac­ing to the Prema team for his third sea­son in the cat­e­gory.

Prema sealed its fourth cham­pi­onship in as many years in 2016, with Wil­liams F1 new boy Lance Stroll join­ing Raf­faele Mar­ciello, Este­ban Ocon and Felix Rosen­qvist as driver cham­pi­ons with the Ital­ian team.

With Prema the es­tab­lished dom­i­nant force in the cham­pi­onship, Ilott said the switch left him wellplaced for a tilt at the 2017 ti­tle. “Prema’s record is im­pec­ca­ble, and hav­ing de­cided to re­turn to F3 it was the team I fo­cused on join­ing,” he said. “Just walk­ing around the fac­tory, the fam­ily feel­ing you get with the Ital­ian teams from my kart­ing days came flood­ing back, and with its suc­cess­ful GP2 squad. “It’s also a team that of­fers the chance to climb the lad­der to F1. “We looked at all the pos­si­bil­i­ties for 2017: GP3, Indy Lights as well as GP2, but in the end, with only two years of car rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, an­other year in F3 made the most sense.”

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