Pri­aulx couldn’t turn down pro­fes­sional switch from sin­gle-seaters to Mul­ti­matic Mus­tang Bri­tish GT4 seat

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Seb Pri­aulx says the prospect of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional driver was too good to turn down af­ter sign­ing a deal to race a Mul­ti­matic Mo­tor­sports Ford Mus­tang GT4 in Bri­tish GT next year.

The 17-year-old showed flashes of prom­ise in his first sea­son of sin­gle­seaters in Bri­tish F4 this year for TRS Ar­den, fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the stand­ings with two wins, but has fol­lowed his fa­ther, mul­ti­ple tour­ing car world cham­pion Andy, into sportscar rac­ing af­ter im­press­ing Mul­ti­matic boss Larry Holt in a test at Snet­ter­ton.

Pri­aulx, who had also tested for Mclaren, told MN that the pro­hib­i­tive cost of climb­ing the sin­gle-seater lad­der com­bined with the op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth within the Mul­ti­matic or­gan­i­sa­tion – which built the Mus­tang GT4 and runs Ford’s FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship team – made his de­ci­sion a for­mal­ity.

“I see a very bright fu­ture in Mul­ti­matic, Ford and in GT rac­ing, it’s a great step for me to be a pro­fes­sional driver,” he said. “I’m only 17, so it’s a dream come true for me. There’s al­ways some routes to go higher in sin­gle-seaters, but it costs a lot of money to get to For­mula 3 so to be a pro­fes­sional driver with a man­u­fac­turer is the best op­tion for my ca­reer.”

Pri­aulx al­ready has a good work­ing knowl­edge of Mul­ti­matic hav­ing seen his fa­ther rac­ing in the WEC at close quar­ters, so is con­fi­dent that the team can make up for its lack of ex­pe­ri­ence on the Bri­tish tracks with the Mus­tang, which will be mak­ing its UK de­but.

“I’m al­ways ex­pect­ing to win, that’s my main goal, and the car is def­i­nitely ca­pa­ble of it,” he added.

“I don’t think [the lack of data] will af­fect me too much be­cause I have good team-mates in Scott Maxwell and Billy John­son who know what they’re do­ing and I can feed off them. They’ve got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence of GT rac­ing which I haven’t at the mo­ment but I’m very con­fi­dent that we’ve got a great car and the guys are amaz­ing, they work very hard.”

Pri­aulx switches from Bri­tish F4

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