Tommy Østgaard (born eighth of March 1993, in Oslo, Norway) is an auto-racing driver curre... more
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Following in my father’s footstep, a former motorsport driver in multiple genres, I started my racing-career at the age of eight by taking the logical step into karting. I kept on racing karts in Norway and Sweden for several years, mostly as a hobby on a family budget.
Nevertheless, even on a small budget compared to my competitors, I was able to deliver some strong results with podium-positions in some of the biggest series in Norway, which eventually got him me place in Stian Sørlie’s karting team.
At the age of 15, I got the chance to make the step into single-seaters, driving in the Scandinavian Formula Basic Championship, rebuilding and preparing a car that was in pieces!
I rose to the challenge supported by my dad, who together with the rest of the family worked as a team in the series. I made a strong debut with a top five position, but with a weak engine and many technical problems throughout the first years, I struggled to fight for championship titles.
However, with a new, competitive engine for 2011, I proved my talent and speed by finishing on the podium 18 times in a row out of 19 races, winning 10 of them, after having retired from the first race due to mechanical problems on the first lap.
After my breakthrough in 2011, I received a free test at iZone Driver Performance - a unique driver development centre based at Silverstone. I impressed iZone coach Neil Riddiford – the UK’s leading expert in driver simulation coaching - with my pace, control and smooth driving. Neil and iZone Driver Performance later became an important contact and asset to my career, forming an essential part of the my race-preparations.
I got a seat in SWB Motorsport in the Formula Renault BARC series, and did several impressive test-days during the summer.
This allowed me to make an appearance in the Formula BMW based JK Racing Asia Series round at Silverstone, good practice for the Formula Renault race at the same venue. Even with no experience in the car, and with a team new to the series, I delivered a strong 5th and 7th place against some of the biggest Asian talents, including Nabil Jeffri who tested Formula 1 for the former Lotus team, now Caterham.
I had an eventful debut in Formula Renault in the BARC series. Having qualified half a second behind pole in 15th and 22nd place in tough and new conditions for me in the Renault, I finished 15th in the first race. The team made changes to the car for the 2nd race, and after a good start, I was working my way up the field, until I was driven off the track on only the first lap of the race.
Despite the bad luck during that race-weekend, my performance did not go unnoticed, and I have been offered a seat by SWB Motorsport for a full season in Formula Renault BARC for the 2013 season, subject to sponsorship. I received several other offers from multiple teams worldwide.
My aim and goal for 2013, is to win the BARC Championship and get a solid sponsorship for the coming years.
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