Jay Bridger will run his Mygale-Mugen in Litespeed F3's distinctive livery for the first time in testing at Rockingham next week, having signed a unique agreement with the Norfolk-based manufacturer.
After a disappointing start to the season with West-Tec running his privately-owned machine, the reigning National Class champion intends for Litespeed to prepare and engineer the car for the rest of the season, running under the Litespeed F3 / Bridger Motorsport banner. The move takes Litespeed in an alternative direction to its stated aim of making the SLC R1 a racewinner, but the team is keen to give Bridger the chance to shine on his step up to the International Class.
"We are delighted to have Jay on board as he is an extremely capable British driver and a thoroughly nice guy," Litespeed director of engineering Steve Kenchington said, "Jay's results at Oulton Park and subsequent missing of the race at Silverstone GP are unfortunate in terms of his challenge for the 2009 title, but we are confident that we will turn his fortunes around for the rest of the season. The car needs some development, but it won't take us long to have it in great shape.'
Bridger brings his 2008 race engineer, Teo Da Silva Lopes, to the Litespeed/Bridger set-up, and is now in talks about running a possible 'junior team' for 2010, managed by Bridger and engineered by Litespeed.
"This is a terrific opportunity for me to demonstrate what I am capable of," the 20-year old said, "There is a definite meeting of minds with Litespeed and I am looking forward to a long and highly successful future together. I would like to thank the team for their financial and engineering support and can't wait to work with such passionate and friendly people."