Niarchos And Kirkaldy – In Single-Seater Racing
No, not as drivers – but as partners.
2006 Scuderia Ecosse GT2 driver Andrew Kirkaldy
has been running Formula Renault outfit Team AKA, with his partner
Paul Jackson – but now (2006 Scuderia Ecosse GT2 racer, and
British GT Champion) Chris Niarchos steps in too, to form AKA Cobra.
Cobra is the title of Niarchos’s marketing
The aim is to
take AKA Cobra “to the next level and create a formidable
team within the Formula Renault paddock”.
“This was the perfect opportunity to get more involved in
motorsport, especially at a level where we can really make a difference,”
said Chris Niarchos. “I’ve known Andrew for a long time
and I know he puts heart and soul into this team and I know through
experience how focused he is! He and Paul run a very slick team
so with their motorsport experience and Cobra’s commercial
strength; I think the other teams will be keeping an eye on us!”
never met anyone with more enthusiasm for this sport than Chris”,
said Andrew Kirkaldy. “I think Formula Renault is now the
best feeder series for Formula 3 so being involved at this level,
at this time, is very rewarding. Chris’ marketing expertise
is incredible and his ability to motivate people is unsurpassed
so, together, we can make “AKA Cobra” the strongest
team out there, without a doubt.”
Brazilian Adriano Buzaid, in the #7 Team AKA car this year.
Chris Niarchos has already indicated that he and
Tim Mullen will be racing a Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari in the FIA GT
Championship next year, while Andrew Kirkaldy’s ambitions
might lie a little further afield.