Zubair Hoque

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Zubair Hoque
Nationality ENG
Born (1996-07-18) 18 July 1996 (age 21)
Hale, Halton, Cheshire, England
Related to Mashukul Hoque (father)
Current team Sean Walkinshaw Racing
Former teams TMR Development Race Team (2008–2011)
Ricky Flynn Motorsport (2012–2014)

Zubair Hoque (Bengali: জুবায়ের হক; born 18 July 1996) is an English racing driver. He is the only British Asian in single-seat formula racing.

Career[edit]

2008–2011 (TMR Development Race Team)[edit]

Supported and encouraged by his father Mashukul, Hoque first developed an interest for motor racing at the age of five He began his racing career at the age of eight at the Daytona Manchester karting track, where he was spotted by Daytona management during arrive and drive sessions. He was fast-tracked to junior race schools and progressed from novice to intermediate and then advanced levels, despite racing against, and beating many older and more experienced drivers.[1][2]

Hoque competed in karting from 2007 until 2012.[3] In his first 'rookie' outing at the Inkart championships, he came second overall. From 2005 to 2008, he competed in indoor racing tracks throughout the North West region. In 2006 and 2007, he came third and second in the Manchester and North West indoor cadet-class karting championship and overall he managed 18 podium finishes while racing indoors.[4]

Between 2008 and 2011, Hoque was trained by Chris Norris at his Ormskirk-based TMR team.[5][6] In 2008, Hoque obtained his National A outdoor karting license.[1][2]

In 2008, after performances in the Rotax Mini-Max class championship organisers of the Formula Kart Stars and Super 1 Championships invited him to take part in their 2009 seasons.[4] In 2009, he finished his first season in the Formula Kart Stars championship in fourth place, making him the highest ranked rookie.[7] In the same year, he finished eighth overall in the Super 1 British Championship, again being the highest ranked rookie in the competition.[8] He also broke the lap record at Oxford's Shenington race track, which he held for over a year.[4]

In 2010, he competed in 13 races all over UK and Europe.[1][2][8] In the same year, he broke the lap record at Rowrah's circuit.[4] In October 2010, he finished second in the Formula Kart Stars Mini Max title.[9]

In February 2011, based on his performance in his rookie season,[1][2] he was one of three drivers from the UK[8][10] invited to attend the BMW Motorsport facility in Valencia, Spain to receive coaching from BMW Formula Motorsport division's top instructors[1][2][11] as part of Formula BMW Talent Cup evaluations in Valencia, Spain. This was the first time Hoque tested a single-seater.[3] In the same month, he participated in the Official Test Course for the Formula BMW Talent Cup as a reward for their achievements in the 2010 Formula Kart Stars season.[12]

2012–2014 (Ricky Flynn Motorsport)[edit]

Ricky Flynn took an interest in his 2009/2010 season lap records and finishing positions.[1][2] In July 2011, Hoque entered into talks with Ricky Flynn after attending the WSK Euro Series at the Zuera circuit in Zaragoza, Spain. In early October 2011, following his signing to the Ricky Flynn Motorsport (RFM) team, he began training under RFM's guidance, with a visit to the PFi circuit in Lincolnshire. He travelled with the RFM team to compete in the International Winter Cup at Garda, Italy in February 2012. In 2012, he made the transition between the Super 1 British Championship and next race category KF2 (a kart racing class for top drivers over the age of 15).[5][6] As well as receiving coaching, Hoque competed with some of the best drivers in the world, aged 14 to 18, for the chance to drive as one of BMW's drivers in the Formula BMW Talent Cup, in special junior-spec cars derived from Formula Three racing.[8] In 2012, he finished fifth in the MSA British Championship Positions[13] with a hat-trick of podium results.[14]

In 2011, Hoque helped his school Altrincham Grammar School for Boys win the fifth annual British Schools Karting Championship at Daytona Milton Keynes beating 450 teams[1][2][15][16] from 176 schools competing nationally.[17] In 2012, they finished second and missed out on becoming BSKC champions by a tenth of a second.[18] In 2013, Over 1600 boys and girls from schools across the country competed, Altrincham Grammar School won the North West regional final[19] but lost to Emrys School in the national final.

In 2014, it was confirmed Hoque would competing in the Formula Four/Formula Renault category.[20] In October of that year, he moved to Formula 4 after 10 years in kart racing.[21]

In November of that year, he made his single-seater racing debut at the 2014 BRDC Winter Series Championship with the HHC Motorsport squad.[22] He won the 'top rookie' title[21] after achieving two top-five finishes at Snetterton 300 Circuit and Brands Hatch Indy Circuit during the eight-race Winter Series.[23]

2015–present (Sean Walkinshaw Racing)[edit]

In January 2015, Hoque joined the Chipping Norton-based Sean Walkinshaw Racing (SWR) team for his first full season in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship.[3][14][22][23][24][25] In May of that year, Hoque finished third position to score his first podium success in the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship at Rockingham Motor Speedway.[26][27]

Awards, nominations and recognition[edit]

In 2009, Hoque was nominated for Asian Image Achievement in Sport Award at the Fusion Awards.[28][29] In January 2014 and 2015, he was named in the British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration 100.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Hoque lives in Trafford, Hale, Halton, Cheshire.[21] From 2007 to 2014, Hoque attended Altrincham Grammar School for Boys. In 2013, he took[24] 18 months[25] on the racing sidelines[14] to focus on his A Levels.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Zubair Hoque". Desi Xpress. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Zubair Hoque joins HHC Motorsport for F4 Winter Championship". BRDC F4 News. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "About". Zubair Hoque. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Tyas, Matt (20 January 2012). "Zubair Hoque". Manchester: Manchester's Finest. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Altrincham Grammar School for Boys pupil signs for Ricky Flynn Motorsport". Messenger Newspapers. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Zubair Hoque from Hale is on track for a career in Formula One". Cheshire: Cheshire Life. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Young driver another step closer to his dreams". London: East London News. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Russell seals Mini Max title". Crash.Net. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Young driver another step closer to his dreams". Sylhet: The Sylhet Times. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Another Daytona Junior Making New". Daytona Motorsport News. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Formula Kart Stars BMW Talent Cup test news". Pole Position Productions. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "ABkC/MSA – Kart Seeded Drivers 2012/2013". Association of British Kart Clubs. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c "Zubair Hoque joins SWR for first full season in BRDC F4 Championship". Flagworld.com. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Tutu, Andrei (29 March 2011). "Cheshire School Wins 2011 British Karting Championship". Autoevolution. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Cheshire School Wins Top 2011 Karting Championship". European Motor News. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "BSKC 2012 Champions' VIP Tour of Red Bull Racing". The British Schools Karting Championship – Race For Your School. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  18. ^ Davies, Gareth A (11 April 2011). "British Schools Karting Championship 2012 winners". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Altrincham Grammar School race into national schools karting final after". Manchester: Manchester Gazette. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Sport 2014". British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration 100. January 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.  Zubair Hoque
  21. ^ a b c Johnson, Helen (15 January 2015). "Teenage racing driver is gearing up for his first Formula Four season". Manchester: Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  22. ^ a b Allen, Peter (19 January 2015). "Zubair Hoque signs with SWR for 2015 BRDC F4 season". PaddockScout. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  23. ^ a b "MOTORSPORT: Zubair Hoque's fired-up for SWR challenge". Witney: Witney Gazette. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  24. ^ a b c Jackson, Connor (19 January 2015). "Zubair Hoque moves to Sean Walkinshaw Racing for 2015 BRDC F4 Championship". theCheckeredFlag.co.uk. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "Zubair Hoque joins Sean Walkinshaw Racing for 2015 BRDC F4 assault". BRDC F4 News. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  26. ^ Kelly, Robert (29 May 2015). "Zubair Hoque from Hale is on track for a career in Formula One". Messenger Newspapers. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  27. ^ "MOTORSPORT: Zubair Hoque and Jordan Albert defy odds to land podiums". Oxford: Oxford Mail. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  28. ^ "Fusion finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  29. ^ "Local heroes nominated for Fusion awards". Manchester: Manchester Evening News. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  30. ^ "3 from North-West Make 2015 British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration 100 List". The Sylhet Times. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 

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