Flack follows Aussie footsteps with big 2022

Friday 18 March, 2022
Marcos Flack has a big year ahead of him in 2022.
Marcos Flack will have an extremely busy season in 2022 with the teenager to compete in two international championships this year.

Having contested the British Formula 4 Championship last year, Flack will take the step up and compete in the GB3 Championship for Douglas Motorsport, the same championship Christian Mansell and Bart Horsten enjoyed solid seasons in last year.

While he will be only running in half the GB3 season alongside fellow Aussie Tommy Smith, Flack also secured a seat in the most competitive of international Formula 4 championships around the world – the Italian F4 Championship.
  
Racing for the same team that Oscar Piastri won the Formula Renault Eurocup with in 2019, French outfit R-ace GP, the 16-year-old will again be one of two Aussies in the championship running in the full season, the other being Ferrari Driver Academy driver James Wharton.  
   
Both Flack and Wharton were part of the Ferrari Driving Academy trials in 2020, the former finishing second only to his fellow Australian.  
   
And although both had challenging years in 2021, Flack is hopeful that those challenges will help him for his campaign in both championships.  
   
“I am extremely excited about the dual program I am doing this year with R-ace GP in Italian F4 and Douglas Motorsport in GB3,” Flack said.  
   
“2021 was a great learning year and although I had some very good results and secured some podiums, I also faced some real challenges, I learnt a lot about my driving and personally what I had to improve on.  
   
“I would suggest the biggest thing I took from the 2021 season was actually ensuring that I work harder with the engineering team side of car racing.  
   
“Driving in GB3 didn’t really come as a surprise because I placed the team’s car in the top two during the championship’s testing days at Donington and they were happy with me.  
   
“What has come as a bit of surprise though is that both Douglas Motorsport and R-ace GP have been working together and creating a plan to make sure I can do both championships.  
   
“And although I will be doing limited rounds in the UK, Douglas Motorsport has set aside one of its brand new cars for me as they have the confidence that I can help them win the team championship.”  
   
Doing double duties in two different types of championships and in different cars this year will certainly give Flack plenty of valuable experience as he looks to grow as a driver.  

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And while he will be looking to soak in as much as he can over the course of the next nine months, the young Queenslander will be hopeful that he can get the results to match his aspirations.  
   
“My ultimate goal for 2022, is to play my leading role in R-Ace GP for the Italian F4 and assist making them as competitive in F4 as they are in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine,” Flack explained.  
   
“I believe the Italian F4 Championship is one of the most fiercely contested racing classes in junior open wheel categories around the world, the quality of talent that enters every year is amazing.  
   
“Obviously, I also hope to secure as many points as I can in GB3 and help Douglas Motorsport in securing the Teams’ Championship – the cars are absolutely mega, so fast and so much aero, but still light and simple,  
   
“In both cases I will be getting to drive and race on some of the best tracks in the world and I have a very clear understanding of what each team is expecting from me, and I am extremely excited about the challenge.  
   
“With this said, there is a long list of people I need to thank, all of whom have played a role in getting me here – especially my parents who have been committed and worked so hard from the start – I cannot thank them enough.  
   
“I would also have to thank Wayne and Gemma from Douglas Motorsport, Thibaut from R-ace GP, David Errol and Bruin Beasley from Mtec Motorsport, Motorsport Australia and all my partners who assist me every year.”  
   
Flack is currently in Italy testing and will begin his 2022 Italian F4 campaign at the start of May at Imola Circuit, while his first race in the GB3 Championship will be at Oulton Park next month.   
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