A RISING star in the motorsport world who is set to speed to glory over the next few years has recently signed a deal with a top-name brand.
Drummore’s Shaun Slavin, 17, is setting the pace in the karting world having joined forces with Dan Holland Racing (DHR) in a deal that will see him compete in the prestigious UK-based Super One and the European-based Rotax Euro Challenge championships simultaneously throughout 2011.
The Stranraer Academy pupil, who began his love affair with the track at Cults Kart Club, has just completed a successful two-day test over the weekend for his new team at the Genk circuit in Belgium where he finished an impressive 0.1s shy of the fastest lap in preparation for the opening round of the European series at the same venue this coming weekend.
Competing with the best drivers across the UK, Shaun is bidding to improve on a debut season in 2010 which saw the young charger claim a remarkable 4th place overall in the championship.
Despite registering six consecutive top-three finishes last year, the promising driver could only muster a disappointing 8th place finish during the 2011 opening round at Whilton Mill three weeks ago following mechanical issues. Determined to maintain the momentum gained in 2010, the decision was taken after the race, to leave the CRG/Coles Racing squad and join forces with the multiple championship-winning DHR team.
Shaun said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to Mark Collings at CRG and Adrian Cole at Cole Racing as they took a chance on me, gave me the chance to compete and while I’ll always be thankful to them, moving to DHR was a logical step up for me as they are a consistent championship-winning outfit. I will now be able to race the same chassis in both series’, work with the same team and personnel and that continuity was something I was looking for in 2011.
“My only aim for Super One is to win it this year. Being consistent in every race weekend is vital and I know that providing we can do that as a team, we can challenge for the title. The team have excellent equipment, I have the pace, so hopefully it will prove to be a winning combination.
“Although I have competed in three Euro Challenge rounds previously, this is the first time I will be entering every race and it requires a totally different approach to racing in the UK. The karts are very different, the circuits offer more grip, the weather tends to be hotter and there are an average of 90 drivers in my class for every round so it’s pretty intense.
I’d be happy with a top 5 finish in the Euro championship this year but again, consistency is the key to success so that will be my main focus. We’re definitely quick enough to win the title and I will certainly be doing all I can to be crowned champion.”
Shaun’s father Alastair said: “I echo Shaun’s thanks to all who have helped us. We are, like many involved in this expensive sport, seeking commercial partners who would like to be a part of Shaun’s future success. If we could obtain sponsorship from any local businesses in Scotland even if it’s just to pay for tyres or the race entry fee, it would be great as competing in Europe especially is not cheap.