Australian Christian Mansell has confirmed his 2022 plans with the teenager to run in this year’s Euroformula Open Championship for Team Motopark.
Mansell enters the European championship with plenty of single-seater experience after two years in the United Kingdom, where he enjoyed lots of success in the British Formula 4 Championship in 2020 and the GB3 Championship in 2021.
In addition to finishing last year’s GB3 Championship third outright with Carlin Racing, Mansell also got a chance to compete in three rounds of the Euroformula Open Championship throughout the year.
Finishing all but one of his nine races in the top 10, as well as with an outright podium, Mansell’s short stint in the championship was enough to leave Team Motopark impressed with his efforts and keen to sign him for this season.
The German outfit has enjoyed plenty of success of their own in the championship since joining in 2019, winning the constructors cup in two of three past seasons.
Ahead of his first full season in the Euroformula Open Championship, the 16-year-old was excited about taking the next step in his motorsport journey.
"It’s always quite exciting making the leap up into a new championship and I’m really looking forward to what will be a big year with a great team,” Mansell said.
“We also tested the Regional European Championship cars, but I really enjoyed and fell in love with the Euroformula cars straight away when I drove them in that first round with Carlin in Spa.
“Then when I joined up with Team Motopark for those final two rounds of the season, I was even more impressed with the car. It was unreal. I knew that this is where my heart lies and where I wanted to be.
“I am also really excited to join Team Motopark for the full season. They have a really good history in this championship and run a really good program, which is going to give me a lot of confidence – especially knowing I have a good car underneath me.”
A breeding ground for many young talented drivers in the single-seater open wheel formula racing pyramid, the championship is made up of nine rounds and will feature some of Europe’s most esteemed racetracks, including the Red Bull Ring, Spa, Monza and Barcelona.
Some of the drivers to come through the championship include FIA Formula 2 Championship stars Jack Aitkin, Marino Sato, Liam Lawson and Felipe Drugovich, while Formula 2 bound Australians Jack Doohan and Calan Williams also both contested in the championship in 2019.
While the FIA Formula 3 Championship seems the most obvious direction for Mansell after this season, Mansell wasn’t thinking about anything beyond this year.
“Whatever happens this year will happen and I am just focused on doing well in this championship,” Mansell added.
“I’ve definitely had look at some of the drivers who have raced in this championship - it didn’t really influence my decision to join, but it’s extremely impressive.
“To have Red Bull listed Drivers like Liam (Lawson), as well as really quick steerers in (Felipe) Drujgovech and Marino Sato, certainly makes me feel like I have made the right decision.
“It’s also cool knowing some fellow Aussies like Jack (Doohan) and Calan (Williams) have raced in this championship and does serve as a bit of inspiration, but we’re here for ourselves and I will be hoping to make my own mark.”
The 2022 Euroformula Open Championship gets underway at the end of April with the first round at the Circuito do Estoril in Portugal on 30 April - 1 May.
2022 Euroformula Open Championship Calendar
Round 1: Circuito do Estoril - 30 April-1 May
Round 2: Circuit de Pau-Ville - 7-8 May
Round 3: Circuit Paul Ricard - 21-22 May
Round 4: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps - 18-19 June
Round 5: Hungaroring - 9-10 July
Round 6: Imola Circuit - 3-4 September
Round 7: Red Bull Ring - 10-11 September
Round 8: Autodromo Nazionale di Monza - 24-25 September
Round 9: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya - 15-16 October