Newly-crowned European BNL Senior Max champion Oliver Askew will make the jump from karts to cars this September after signing with Absolute Racing to contest 2015’s two remaining Formula Masters China Series rounds.
The 18-year-old American is set to make his competitive open-wheel debut at the Zhuhai International Circuit this September before contesting the final round of three races at Shanghai’s Chinese Formula 1 venue exactly one month later.
Askew makes the step up having earned a reputation as one of the United States’ most promising karting stars courtesy of four domestic titles and a string of other impressive performances, including a third place on the world stage in 2013. His recent move into European competition proved just as successful after sealing the BNL Senior Max crown with the Birel ART/KMS Team two weeks ago.
The karter is now eager to transfer that promise from karts to cars and views his end-of-season Formula Masters China Series outings as sound preparation for the 2016 campaign.
Askew hasn’t ruled out racing in any junior single-seater series, be that in Asia, Europe or the US, next season. Indeed, it will be the securing of adequate funding that determines his next move.