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Rising German talent Lucas Alecco Roy will line up in the #8 Dragon F4 Tatuus formula car for the 2017/18 F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth which commences next month.

Twenty-year-old Roy joins the Middle East championship following a debut season with leading British team Carlin in the British F4 Championship, where the rookie driver has displayed competitive racing with maturity, and constant development across the season that will be further enhanced by the experience gained in the upcoming six-round championship in the UAE.

Coming into the 2017 season, Roy had never raced a kart, let alone a race car, so jumping directly into a British F4 season was not for the faint hearted. Fortunately, Roy is well experienced in what it takes to win in high level competitive sport, having participated for several years in the International Dressage arena, with many a first place to his name.

Dragon F4 Team Principal, Brad Fincham, welcomes Roy to the team and looks forward to helping the young driver progress with his racing craft.

“The programme that we have put together for Lucas over this winter will continue to strengthen the race craft skills he is already demonstrating, and his general development," said Fincham. "The F4UAE Championship offers an unrivalled amount of track time, which will really give Lucas the opportunity to get ahead of his fellow competitors going into 2018 in Europe."

Dragon Racing Chairman Leon Price added: “We welcome Lucas to our dynamic and motivated team here at Dragon F4. The team now is in its second season are building upon the foundations of 2016/17, and we’re pleased to be attracting talented drivers such as Lucas to our team. We look forward to getting the season underway with our new drivers at Yas Marina in October for testing and December when racing commences.”

Monaco-based Roy, said he was excited at the opportunity to strengthen his racing skills in the UAE.

"I am looking forward to joining the F4UAE championship and Dragon F4, developing upon what I have learnt in my first season of racing cars in the UK. With the series now moving to the same Hankook tyre that we race in the UK championship, this really gives teams and drivers the opportunity to improve throughout the winter, and I am excited to get out on the amazing tracks in the UAE,” said Roy.

During the inaugural season of F4UAE, Dragon F4 fielded one car for Australian ace Oscar Piastri, who straight from karting joined the Dragon F4 team. He now sits second outright in the British F4 championship following a successful debut season. Dragon F4 will run two cars for this season's 2017/18 F4UAE Championship with a potential to add a third car already in progress.

The F4UAE Championship kicks off at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for the pre-season official test on October 26-27 before the first round of the Championship which will support the Gulf 12Hrs on December 13-16.

[Issued by Dragon F4]