Teenage Ulster driver William Buller has kicked off his Formula Three racing career with victory in Brazil.
The 17-year-old from Scarva, who has been selected as a member of Team UK elite young driver squad, won the Brazil Open F3 race for the British Hitech Racing team at Interlagos.
Buller will compete for Hitech in British F3 championship this season and he made a superb debut for the team by taking pole position for the first of two heats and then winning it in wet conditions. A third place in the dry second heat, followed by second in the wet semi-final, gave him a front-row spot for the final alongside pole-sitter Andre Negrao.
Having held his position at the start, the Ulsterman lined up his rival coming up to the end of the first lap, and after running alongside Negrao for the length of the pit straight, grabbed the lead at the Senna ‘S’ before pulling away to a seven-second victory.
“Winning this race feels amazing,” said globe-trotting Buller, who ended his 2009 season with victory in the Pacific Formula BMW race in Macau.
“It's been a terrific experience to come to Brazil and race on such an historic circuit and against some pretty talented guys. Hitech has been great though and it really gives me a lot of confidence to take into my British season with them.
“With the testing ban in Europe at the moment, it's great to come and get race experience.”