European Formula 3 Open racer Sean Walkinshaw will crank up his pre-season schedule at Jerez in Spain on Friday.
The Gloucester Rugby-backed driver and his rivals will gather for the first officially-timed collective test outing of 2014.
With a total of eight, 60-minute sessions across two days – four on Friday and then four more on Saturday – Walkinshaw is relishing the prospect of being back behind the wheel of his Campos Racing-engineered Dallara F312.
Following a strong maiden season in Formula 3 in the pan-European category last year, where he chalked-up two podium finishes in the Copa Class driving a Dallara F308, Walkinshaw is now all set for his first year in the headline European F3 Open category in the latest generation car.
Embarking on several productive tests in the F312 car towards the tail end of last year with Campos, the 20-year-old’s run at Jerez will be the first with a more powerful engine bolted into the single-seater.
“I’m really looking forward to being back in the car and working with the Campos guys again,” said the ex-Cheltenham College student.
“It’s going to be a completely new experience, though, with the new engine and there’s still a lot to learn about the car in general with it being my first year in the F312.
“It’s also going to be the first time all of the drivers can get a look at each other, see the new drivers who are coming into the championship this season and form an idea of where we are all.
“We need to try and make the two days in Jerez as productive as we can and carry on the good progress we made in testing before the new year.”
After this weekend’s testing, Walkinshaw and the rest of the European F3 Open contingent will prepare for the opening round of the 2014 Winter Series at Paul Ricard HTTT in southern France on March 1.
Round two will then follow on March 15, at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.
The Winter Series precedes the main championship season which will start on May 3 at the Nurburgring in Germany.