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Cheltenham-based Zak O’Sullivan on his debut campaign in the FIA Formula 3 Championship

Cheltenham-based Carlin racer Zak O’Sullivan expects results at the end of the season to define his debut campaign in the FIA Formula 3 Championship.

The 17-year-old finished sixth in his maiden sprint race before dropping to 18th in the feature race ahead of Carlin teammates Enzo Trulli and Brad Benavides.

O’Sullivan enjoyed the experience in Bahrain and is optimistic that Carlin can make “good progress” this season.

“I think this season will be one for learning,” O’Sullivan says. “FIA F3 is a new challenge and I’m enjoying it.

“Within the team I am sure that we can make good progress this season and I am confident that we can be higher up the grid by the half way stage.

“It is going to be more significant how we finish the year than how we start the year when it comes to results.”

O’Sullivan has enjoyed a rapid rise – finishing runners-up in the Genetta Junior Championship and F4 British Championship, before winning the GB3 Championship last year.

He was named BRDC Young Driver of the Year and credits those around him for helping him reach such heady heights.

“Having a strong team around me has been key,” O’Sullivan says. “I have had the same race engineer for three seasons now. I have also worked with the same coaches for my whole journey in car racing.

“This consistency in the people around me means we have full trust in each other and in one another’s opinions etc.

“There’s no messing around, we get down to business!”

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