Sharp Motorsport have exceeded all expectations in 2017
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Earlier this season, we covered British Formula 4’s Sharp Motorsport who are currently competing in their first season as a team, and how their driver, rookie Jamie Sharp, was progressing through the early stages of his debut season in car racing.
With the second half of the season fast approaching, we thought we’d catch up with the team and Jamie to see how they felt their season was coming along.
Firstly a quick recap. 2017 has seen Jamie make the jump to car racing following a successful karting career which saw him win the 2015 MBKC Junior X30 Club Champion as well as the MBKC Junior X30 Cup and Autumn Series Champion and MBKC Junior X30 Winter Series Champion. In addition to this success, Sharp also had success at a more senior level, winning the 2015 and 2016 X30 championships.
Despite this success in karts, car racing is a whole new level, especially competing against experienced, and hugely successful, outfits such as Carlin and Arden.
“At the start of the season Brands Hatch was quite daunting for us, [however] I’ve watched both the team and Jamie really start to settle and become a fully focused unit, working closely together with the same goal in mind, we are really one big family!” said Team Principal Joe Sharp.
From the outside, it is this family feel and togetherness that really seems to be bringing the best out of everyone involved in the team.
However, no matter how much you prepare there are always factors that are not as expected when entering a championship for the first time. One thing that some drivers often underestimate when they make the step up from karts to cars is the amount of additional fitness needed to compete at the front. “Jamie has worked really hard on his fitness and is totally focused on the championship” Sharp continued.
This can also be seen each time that Jamie races of drives the car, each time a lot of progress has been made which is giving the team much more confidence heading into the second half of the season.
In addition to this Jamie is learning more and more about the car and how it behaves, something which can only be found out through experience. However, it is this trust which will see Jamie continue his push up the field. “Each weekend has been an improvement, it’s like something has clicked in him and he looks so comfortable and confident in the car, each test day is showing a massive improvement on the way he drives, and controls the car to the point now we feel as a team we can really start to prepare for the second half of the year.”
As mentioned in the first article, Sharp Motorsport’s first aim going into 2017 was a top 10 finish, however this goal was ticked off at the second round of the season at Donington Park when Jamie finished seventh, a fantastic result considering his inexperience in comparison to those around him.
Going into the second half of the season, what does the future bring? Well, since the goals for 2017 have already been accomplished the remainder of the season will be a forever moving forward progression, with more strong results the goal. However an outright podium would be the dream for both.
The British Formula 4 season continues next weekend at Snetterton with two races occurring on the Saturday 29th July while the third will take place live on ITV4 on Sunday 30th July at 2.50, subject to everything running on time.