Johannesburg born teenager Liam Venter is the only South African driver taking part in a two-day test session for the Auto GP World Series at Jerez in Spain on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October.
Venter, 18, has been offered a test drive by Virtuosi Racing team principal Declan Lohan; he has been competing in the 2013 European Formula 3 Open championship with Team West-Tec, and recently became the first South African single-seater driver to stand on the podium at Monza since Jody Scheckter in 1979.
“I just want to enjoy every second of it!”
He said: "My main goal in this test is to learn as much as I can, especially as the Auto GP single-seater has so much more power than my F3 car."
Auto GP is a one-make open-wheeler formula that runs as the support series to the World Touring Car championship; each car has a Zytec 3.4-litre V8 engine producing 410kW and 442Nm in a Lola B05/52 carbon-fibre and aluminium tub with fully-adjustable double-wishbone suspension all round and weighs only 615kg.
Its performance, by Formula 3 standards, is electrifying; should Venter be offered a drive as a result of this test it would be a big step up in his racing career, and a possible stepping-stone to the big time - Formula One.