Sophia Floersch will make her debut in single seaters when she competes in the opening round of the ADAC Formel 4 (German Formula 4) championship this weekend. Floersch will race for Team Motopark, a well-established and successful outfit with victories in multiple series to their name, as she targets a strong debut season in the highly competitive series. Following on from an incredible partial campaign in the UK where she raced in the Ginetta Junior Championship, Sophia will return to her native Germany as she aims to move climb the motorsport ladder on her route to Formula 1.
With the age restrictions limiting Sophia’s choice of championship in 2015, she decided to compete in the Ginetta Junior Championship, a highly prestigious one make UK series which has previously provided top level single seater and touring car drivers a platform into car racing. Floersch drove for leading team HHC Motorsport and instantly found success by placing in the top-5 during the opening race of the season at Brands Hatch. At the third meeting of the season at Thruxton, Sophia experienced a weekend to remember as she won both races in fine fashion, holding off the challenge of more experienced drivers, whilst winning over many fans in the process. Two meetings later Floersch took her first pole position of the year with a superb lap at Croft, this strong qualifying performance led to a pair of podium results which elevated her to third in the championship. Unfortunately due to budget constraints, coupled with a focus on the upcoming ADAC Formel 4 season, Sophia did not take part in any further Ginetta Junior Championship races but the experiences gained from racing in a high class field would prove extremely valuable.
Sophia’s demeanour both on and off the track made her an instant fan favourite in the UK, with her confident but fearless style serving her well during the course of the season. With her sensational performances at Thruxton, Floersch earned praise from legendary motorsport figures such as Dario Franchitti and Jason Plato. Sophia’s relationship with young fans was always highly commendable as she made a perfect role model for any young girls looking to forge a career in motorsport. Although the environment will be very different in Germany, Sophia will still hope to form a connection with the fans and assert herself as one of the series most popular drivers.
After an extensive period of testing throughout the second half of last year and over the winter, Sophia will be eager to begin the season with strong results for Team Motopark. A reputable team in European single-seater racing, Team Motopark are previous Formula Renault 2.0 and German Formula 3 champions, with former drivers including Valtteri Bottas and Antonio Felix Da Costa. Last season Team Motopark’s challenge was led by Joel Eriksson who narrowly missed out on the title, finishing runner-up to Marvin Dienst with several victories to his name. Alongside Sophia this year will be fellow newcomers to the series Jonathan Aberdein and Finland’s Simo Laaksonen, all will be looking to make an impression in the season opener at Oschersleben.
Floersch’s sponsors are vital to ensure she has the funds to complete the full season, whilst utilising any mid-season testing opportunities which may arise. Sophia’s partnership with ADAC Stiftung Sport, Under Armour and Floersch & Partner continues into 2016 after a successful debut season in the Ginetta Junior Championship. In addition, Hüsges Gruppe, Adelta.Finanz AG, Häring and InstaMotion all come aboard for the forthcoming campaign giving Sophia the best chance of success.
With the great success of ADAC Formel 4 in its debut season last year, there have been a record number of entries ahead of the 2016 campaign. Due to the large number of races, the field will be split into two groups for free practice on Friday and the weekend will feature a qualifying race where the slowest drivers from qualifying will need to race their way into the event. Sophia will be hopeful of three solid races to open the season with any points being a bonus in her debut single seater event. The competition will be tough as over 40 drivers will battle it out each weekend but Sophia has both the talent and team around her to succeed in her debut ADAC Formel 4 season.
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