Jon Lancaster says he is confident of fighting for the F3 Euroseries title in 2009 as the Briton prepares to head into his second year in the series.
Having taken his maiden win in 2008 en-route to twelfth in the drivers' standings – and fourth in the rookie of the year title chase – Lancaster will leave ART for the new season and rejoin SG Formula, the same outfit with which he finished second in the Formula Renault Eurocup back in 2007.
Testing to date has already seen Lancaster running towards the head of the field, and he said he was confident that a strong second season could be round the corner.
“We were with the team in Formula Renault in 2007 which was a strong year and we know all the people there, which is a big plus,” he said. “It was their first year in F3 last year and we watched what they did very carefully. They did a very good job to be fair as they didn't get a car until March so they had a very credible season with front-row qualifying slots and podium positions. They haven't quite had a win yet but hopefully I can bring that to the table!
“The people there are very clever and hardworking and together with a united front. I am confident we can have a good year. If I can take everything I learned last year and take it into this year, then top two in the championship is what we are looking at. To be the champion is obviously the aim, and it has to be the real goal. I'm pleased with what has gone on in testing so it's looking good.”
Lancaster added that, with a two-year plan in place when he moved into the Euroseries, a strong season would be vital as he seeks to move up the motorsport ladder in 2010.
“We did it as a two-year thing so this year it is important to be challenging for the championship and I'm certain that will happen,” he said. “To win the championship would be fantastic and then move onto GP2 or you never know – a phone call could come at any time!
“But we have been told that people are keeping an eye on us and that is good to know as it is an incentive to push on knowing that people above are watching you and looking at you as a possible driver.”