Manaf Hijjawi first British F3 Jordanian driver
Douglas Motorsport have signed UAE Formula 4 and MRF Challenge front-runner Manaf Hijjawi as its second driver for the 2020 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship. The teenage talent is set to become the first ever Jordanian driver to race in British junior single-seater competition.
Following a karting career that included winning both the UAE and Jordan championships on two occasions as well as the Dubai O Plate, the 18-year-old launched his single-seater career late last year and has already starred with a podium finish in each of his first three race meetings.
Debuting in the MRF Challenge, Hijjawi has picked up silverware in both Dubai and Bahrain, while he has also impressed on the big stage in support of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, securing a second place finish on his first outing in the Formula 4 UAE Championship.
Hijjawi is Douglas Motorsport’s second confirmed driver for the 2020 BRDC British F3 season alongside the returning Kiern Jewiss. When he makes his debut in April, the Corby-based team will have run drivers of 17 different nationalities since their formation in 2012.
Douglas Motorsport Team Principal Wayne Douglas commented: “We are delighted to welcome Manaf to Douglas Motorsport for the 2020 BRDC British F3 Championship. He’s shown in UAE F4 and MRF that he has huge talent and the potential to succeed in his motorsport career. Racing in a new country whilst learning a new car and a host of new circuits is going to be a huge challenge for him, so as a team we will be working hard to support him this year and give him everything he needs to achieve his goals for the season.”