Adam Christodoulou

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Adam Christodoulou
Adam Christodoulou Oulton Park (Parc Ferme).JPG
Christodoulou as his Formula Renault car is inspected at Oulton Park.
Nationality British
Born (1989-06-11) 11 June 1989 (age 27)
Lichfield, Staffordshire
Related to Riki Christodoulou (Cousin)
Rolex Sports Car Series career
Debut season 2010
Current team SpeedSource/Newman Wachs Racing
Car no. 68
Previous series
2006–2008
2007
2009
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault NEC
Star Mazda
Championship titles
2008
2009
Formula Renault UK
Star Mazda

Adam Robert Christodoulou (born 11 June 1989 in Lichfield) is a Greek-British racing driver, who won the 2008 British Formula Renault Championship, also won the 2009 Star Mazda Championship in the United States. His cousin Riki Christodoulou is also a racing driver, having competed in British Formula 3 Championship.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Christodoulou began his racing career in karting in Britain. Adam had his Karting licence suspended after he was found to have benefitted from a "very deliberate, very sophisticated and very expensive" illegal engine modification conducted by his father that also affected three other drivers unknowingly. [1] It was found in the MSA court that Adam must've been aware of the modifications, and he was initially banned from karting for 9 months, reduced after his family payed a substantial fine to the MSA.

On returning to Karting, Adam found himself subject to a "kangaroo court" at the hands of his competitors, often finding himself pushed off the track, and very quickly left Karting entirely at the end of 2006.

Formula Renault[edit]

Christodoulou began his career in single seater racing in the 2006 Formula Renault UK Winter Series and gained 4th place at Croft round 2, race 1 and managed a fastest lap at Croft round 2, race 2.

In the 2007 British Formula Renault Championship, Adam had the most podium finishes in Europe and the UK out of any rookie driver, he came fourth overall and won the coveted graduate cup[2] with a prize of £15,000. (He came behind Duncan Tappy, Dean Smith and Will Bratt). During this year he was invited to become a BRDC young driver.

During the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series 2007 he finished 3rd.

In 2007 Christodoulou also competed in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, and although he only took part in 4 rounds he still gained podium finishes and came 8th out of 44.

Back in the British Formula Renault Championship for 2008, Adam finished the season with 7 wins, 4 new lap records and 11 podium finishes. On 21 September he secured the UK Formula Renault 2.0 Championship title with 472 points.

During this year Adam's team, CR Scuderia, was managed by Andrew Kirkaldy who races the FIA GT and the team principal, Chris Niarchos, of the Cobra Group also races in the FIA GT series alongside Tim Mullen and Rob Bell of the CR Scuderia team.

In December 2008 he was one of six finalists for the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, and won the Autosport Awards British Club Driver 2008.[3]

Star Mazda[edit]

In 2009, Christodoulou competed in the Star Mazda series, a single seater class in the US, and won the championship, with 3 wins and 9 podium finishes. He has again been nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. He will test an Indy Lights car for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in October 2009 after having previously tested for Bryan Herta Autosport in the same series.[4]

Sports cars[edit]

For 2010, he ran in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class for Newman Wachs Racing with co-driver John Edwards.[5]

Other information[edit]

Adam competed in the "race4charity" celebrity kart race organised by BP Ultimate at the Autosport International show in 2008.[6] Adam broke the lap record and his team won the charity event where they raced against such drivers as Allan McNish, Paul di Resta, Sam Bird and Nathan Caratti amongst others.

Statistics[edit]

Motor racing record[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2006 Formula Renault UK Winter Series AKA Lemac 4 0 0 43 10th
2007 Formula Renault UK AKA Cobra 20 3 0 384 4th
Formula Renault NEC 8 0 0 137 8th
Formula Renault UK Winter Series 4 0 0 82 3rd
2008 British Formula Renault Championship CR Scuderia 20 6 7 472 1st
2009 Star Mazda Series JDC Motorsports 13 2 3 473 1st

Star Mazda Championship[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
2009 SEB
1
VIR
?
MMP
1
NJ1
?
NJ2
?
WIS
?
IOW
?
ILL
?
ILL
?
QUE
?
ONT
?
ATL
?
LAG
1
1st 473

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Latest News: Tappy Targets Hamilton After Storming To Title". Renault Sport. 14 October 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2008. 
  3. ^ "British Club Driver: Adam Christodoulou". Autosport. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  4. ^ IndyCar News and Notes, IndyCar PR via motorsport.com, 16 October 2009, Retrieved 16 October 2009
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ "Report from the Karting Show at the Autosport International". Renault Sport. 14 January 2008. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2008. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Edwards
Star Mazda Championship Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Conor Daly
Preceded by
Duncan Tappy
Formula Renault UK Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Dean Smith
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Duncan Tappy
Autosport British Club Driver of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Sarah Moore