SWR sign Denyssen as they start to assemble line-up

Eugene Denyssen has signed for SWR
Eugene Denyssen has signed for SWR

BRDC Formula 4 Championship team SWR has made its first driver signing for the 2016 season after completing a deal with South African youngster Eugene Denyssen.

The Chipping Norton team, which has been at the forefront of BRDC F4 since the inaugural season, originally tested Denyssen in one of the previous generation cars in 2013 at Anglesey in Wales where he produced an impressive performance.

He impressed us when we first tested him in the old car

SWR team boss Sean Walkinshaw

With a strong title-winning karting pedigree under his belt, Denyssen graduated into cars in 2014 with selected outings in South African Formula Ford. But after a year on the sidelines he is now preparing to return to the track with a move into the ultra-competitive BRDC Formula 4 series.

Denyssen began his karting career in 2009 in the Mini Max category and starred by winning the Rookie of the Year award.

Combining regional and national championship campaigns the following year, he ended the former as vice-champion and was fourth in the South African National standings.

In 2011, Denyssen progressed into international competition while also continuing to race in his homeland after stepping-up into the Junior Max category. Finishing third overall in the South African National Championship, the teenager was also sixth in the Junior Rok National Championship and was selected to represent South Africa in the Rok World Final.

His most successful season came in 2012 when he won the WP Regional Championship and the Junior Max National title, earning him a place in the Rotax Max Grand Finals.

The following year he progressed into Senior Max, where he was third overall in South Africa, and in 2014 he won the South African Open Championship and also competed in the Senior Max World Finals.

SWR team owner Sean Walkinshaw is looking forward to re-establishing the strong partnership with Denyssen which was formed back in 2013.

He said: “We’re obviously very happy to have agreed a deal with Eugene for next season. He impressed us when we first tested him in the old car a couple of years ago and I’m sure he’ll get to grips with the new Tatuus-Cosworth with a good pre-season.

“The new car is a big step forward, much quicker and with significantly more aero, but Eugene has shown a lot of potential so far.”