Colin Braun - Prototype Driver, At 15
Ahead of the announcement of the Rand Drivers for the team’s
two Lola B2K / 40 AERs for the 2004 ALMS, the whole team was out
at Roebling Road last week – and that included 15 year old
17 year old Jonathan Cocker driving a 911 GT3-RSR tomorrow, as the
rest of us get older, the pedallers seem to get younger.
60 laps last week at Savannah,” comments his father Jeff.
“He will be driving the cars at every test the team does this
But Colin Braun
has plenty of other plans for 2004. Having won the Fran Am 1600
championship - at age 14! - last year, the organisers have granted
him a licence to race in the Formula Renault 2000 West Coast series
(he’s still too young to run in the Grand Am sanctioned National
series). The first race is this coming weekend in Fontana.
done about 1,200 miles in the 2L car and hope we are ready,”
longer term plans include considering the British Formula Renault
winter series (by which time Colin will be 16) and some Pro Mazda
races this year, “or if things go well a shot at the third
seat in the Rand Racing Lola for Petit Le Mans and Laguna,”
explains Braun Snr.
strong point is his technical ability (having a race engineer as
a Dad, he had little choice),” .... says Dad.
week’s test was a perfect chance to learn from the pros present
(Marino Franchitti, right), and within 14 laps, Colin was within
three seconds of Rand’s regular drivers – despite the
track and the car being completely new to him. Day two saw him out
for his first racing experience ever in the rain – and he
was soon looking for more front-end grip.
As the track
dried, Colin Braun was sent out to find out how long the Yokohama
wets lasted, among the damp spots and puddles.
Look out for
this young man at Sebring – not driving (at least not in the
race), but looking to take advantage of every learning opportunity…