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Mar 26, 2016

LEGGE AND KUMAR BACK AT R-TEK FOR 2016

 

R-TEK MOTOSPORT have confirmed that Roland Legge and Nathan Kumar will continue driving for the team in Australian Formula 3, starting with Round 1 at Sandown on April 1-3.

Roland Legge will drive the car #8 Powertx Dallara/Mercedes in the Premier Class. Legge won the Kumho Cup Class in 2014, before graduating to the top class in the 2015 season, firstly with the team’s 2007-model Dallara, before debuting the 2011 Dallara mid-season with support from noted talent spotter James Rosenberg.

From the middle of the season, the newer specification Dallara was more often than not between 2015 Championship contenders Jon Collins and Ricky Capo, encouraging Legge and the team to continue into the new season. Legge took his first F3 race win at Queensland Raceway in August.

“I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel again,” said Legge. “The car is quick and in the right circumstances there’s no doubt I can fight for the championship.”

“There’s still a budget to find to complete all the rounds, but I’m determined to get some results on the board and show everybody what I’m capable of.”

On the other side of the garage, Nathan Kumar returns for a second season, continuing to drive the Bluechip Taxation Services #7 Dallara/Opel Spiess. He steps up to join Legge in the top Premier Class.

Kumar, who had no significant motor racing experience before the start of last season, was the outstanding improver of 2015. By the end of the season Kumar was at the front of National Class, taking fastest lap bonus points away from eventual class winner Luke Spalding.

“I knew as soon as I finished last year I wanted to do it again. [I] wouldn’t want to do it with any one else [other than R-Tek Motorsport],” said Kumar.

“Coming back makes my job at least 50% easier. I have a lot better understanding of how the car behaves at different places. Sydney Motorsport Park I’m not sure of because I didn’t too much running there last year, but the rest should be good.”

Team Owner Ian Richards is excited by the potential of his two drivers for 2016.

“Roland has an incredible amount of potential and is a genuine chance for the title. He’s one of the best drivers I’ve had in my team. We think this is his year to show his full potential. He’s not called ‘Lightning’ because he’s slow!” Richards enthused.

“The new car has now had four outings, we’re very close or at the front and we haven’t exploited the full potential of the car as yet.”

“Nathan Kumar had an outstanding season given his limited previous experience in motor racing, and if he can get the same level of improvement throughout the season we’ll be very pleased.”

“We think the biggest threat will be at Phillip Island where the F307 is a proven car, and Nathan has the most experience.”

Legge and Kumar will be at Sandown in Melbourne for the first round of Australian Formula 3 on April 1-3.

R-Tek are now focusing on filling remaining seats for the 2016 season.

“We’ve got a 2007-specification Dallara, and a Kumho Cup 2004 car that we could run,” Richards said. “The Kumho Cup car in particular is a very attractive option for a driver with not a full budget to go national open-wheel racing, and we’ve fielded a number of enquiries for that car.”