December 17, 2017


2017 was a year of transition for Royal Blue Racing, and the new year will bring some big changes for the Formula Challenge team.

For 2018 there will be two new drivers at Royal Blue Racing. Manager/driver Matthew Clipp moves over to test his skills at Mayor Downard Racing. After a disappointing 2017 where the team found itself fielding only one vehicle at many races, the team will be hoping for a more stable driver partnership in the next Formula Challenge season.

The first driver to arrive at Royal Blue Racing will be James Early. James had an impressive start in 2017, scoring over 100 championship points which included two podiums in just 8 rounds.

The second driver to join Royal Blue is Thomas Andriamiharisoa. Thomas joined the Formula Challenge at the Monaco GP and immediately impressed by finishing on the podium. Thomas continued to impress by finishing in points scoring positions on thirteen occasions.

James Early was able to offer a few words after signing. "I feel fantastic to have signed for Royal Blue Racing, In 2018 I hope to consistently score podiums and hopefully get my first win in what will be my third season. I'm looking forward to working with my teammate Thomas to achieve a strong result next year".

Thomas also had this to say. "I'm really looking forward to race in 2018 with Royal Blue Racing in the Formula Challenge series for my 1st full season in GPVWC. Being able to work in a team with a great atmosphere and also to work together as a team have convinced me to join Matthew for this new season. I'm also looking forward to drive with James who is very quick and i hope we can push each other in a positive way to get the best results for the team. I'd like to thank Downforce Racing and especially Jake Sanson, for having given me the chance to make my real debut in the GPVWC league and in his team since the Canadian GP right after my debut in Monaco in the academy car and wish him the best for the future.

Team boss Matt said. "I am very happy to have secured the services of two very strong drivers, I believe we have a good balance of speed and consistency and I am confident we can achieve some great results. The team still have ambitions to compete in the higher tiers of the GPVWC and hopefully 2018 will be the year we can secure a promotion".