Lucca makes his debut in British Formula 4 this weekend
The British Formula 4 Championship is going from strength to strength and this year is no exception. We have seen some truly remarkable drives and fantastic battles throughout and this weekend sees one young driver make his debut in the series.
Irishman Lucca Allen joins the series, and in doing so, he becomes the youngest driver on the grid at just 15 years and 30 days old when he makes his debut on Saturday.
Since asking for go-kart on his ninth birthday, Lucca has never looked back having tested at his local kart track in Ireland. Having started karting in junior categories the following year, Lucca also competed in the Irish national championship as well as occasional Super One rounds. His debut year saw him finish eighth in the Irish Nationals, a fantastic feat regarding his inexperience in comparison to his rivals.
His second year in karting saw him remain in cadets, in which he competed in the Irish National Championships as well as the Irish Open and his local kart circuit club championship. His second season bought him much more success, finishing third on the Irish National Championships. However the good results did not end here as he was crowned Irish Open champion as well as Munster Kart Club champion.
Year 3 and the success in cadets continued as after two conservative top 10 finishes, Lucca achieved overly victory in the Irish National Championships. In addition to this, Lucca won three club championships, in which would prove to be his final year in cadets.
The following year saw Lucca move up to Minimax, in which he won his first race. However soon after this Lucca was on the move once more as he switched to X30 for more competitive racing. Moving to X30 saw Lucca represent Ireland at Le Mans in the IAME International Finals.
Lucca’s fifth year in karts saw him remain in X30, in which he become Race of Champions winner, Irish Karting Club champion and vice champion in the Irish National Championship. In addition to this Lucca once again represented Ireland at Le Mans.
For 2017, Lucca moved to Junior X30 and won his first race in the category, winning a few more times before switching to Senior X30, due to the grids being much more competitive. Lucca’s first race in Seniors saw him finish fifth however this year was all about preparing for his first weekend in the Briitish Formula 4 Championship.
Lucca first tested a Formula 4 car last summer at Blyton Park, after the test was organised by his father with Falcon Motorsport. Lucca immediately felt at one with the car, citing his reasons for choosing Formula 4 over other junior categories. Ahead of his first race at Snetterton this weekend Lucca told me “I immediately got to grips with the car, the way it handles is very similar to a kart which I feel comfortable with, it’s why I chose it over other formulas and categories.” Lucca went onto say: “I’ve only a fews tests but no sim work so I have a lot to learn, I’ve always wanted to be in a singles seaters and now I am.”
Having tested with Falcon Motorsport, Lucca will remain with the team for the duration of the 2017 season. He thanks his family, as well as some close family friends for getting him to where he is now.
Lucca’s first race was yesterday, and you can see his race live today on ITV4 at 14:50.