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25th November 2010

 

Dear Sirs

re: Max Cornelius

We have been aware of Max since when first he started to compete in junior motor racing, and we have since followed his progress closely – having been impressed with his performance and results on track, and his attitude and presentation off track.

We believe that Max has demonstrated, as well as good speed, a maturity and skill level beyond his experience. We were pleased to be able to offer Max the chance to test with our Formula 3 team recently when he exceeded our high expectations – both in and out of the car.

Max was immediately fast and was also able to work well with the team engineers, giving good and detailed feedback – a vital skill for a modern racing driver.

In two days on track his best lap time s were remarkable and excellent, and he went faster on the circuit than any driver has in that car at a comparable stage in their career, which is enormously encouraging for the future.

We believe that Max is now ready to move into the professional world of Formula 3 racing – a vital, possibly even final, step for all future Formula 1 drivers – and we would like for him to be able to join our team
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If you are considering becoming involved with his programme I can recommend Max most strongly, and I do not believe that you would ever
regret such a decision. He is professional, articulate, pleasant to deal with, committed … and fast!

Of course, if you require any further information please feel free to contact me
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Yours faithfully

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John Miller

Director

Posted by: In: Young Guns 30 Aug 2010 0 comments Tags: ,

Burgeoning talent Max Cornelius just missed out on winning the Autosport Young Guns title by the slimmest of margins at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire on Sunday, 29th August – a dramatic final corner tangle in the last race of the season proving to be the decisive moment.

Driving brilliantly to the seventh race victory of his rookie campaign during the opening encounter at the UK’s fastest track, the 16-year-old karting graduate put the title well within reach ahead of the final round. However, an incident with arch rival Patryk Szczerbinski at Club Chicane meant

The Motaworld Racing driver, who resides just 40 miles from Thruxton in Southwick on the Somerset/Wiltshire border, had his eighth win – and the championship – in his sights as he nosed ahead of Szczerbinski for the lead into the last turn but the pair made unfortunate contact, ending their race.

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Sensibly putting in a few quick laps early in the session with rain clouds threatening, the Motaworld Racing driver posted a best of 48.504 seconds (88.96mph) at the team’s local track to underline his reputation as the fastest driver in the championship.

Scorching away from pole position in race one, Max shook off the attentions of Szczerbinski early on and proceeded to pull clear of his pursuers with ease. The 20-minute race concluded on lap 25 with Max over five seconds clear and having posted a fastest race lap of 46.917 seconds (91.97mph). Such was his pace he also managed to lap fellow former karter Russell Danzey.

“I’m really delighted to have taken my sixth win of the year, it’s a fantastic tally from 11 race starts and I’m fully focused on winning the championship now”, said Rode-born Max, “It’s really close between me and Patryk for the title so it’s all to play for at Thruxton, I can’t wait to get there in two weeks’ time and hopefully get the job done.”

In race two Max took second place for yet another podium finish, fending off James Nutbrown impressively at the conclusion by posting his quickest tour of the race two laps from the finish. His second rostrum of the weekend was also his eighth of the year and eighth in as many races.

Disappointed not to have been able to press home the same level of pace he showed in the first race, Max departs Brands Hatch nonetheless satisfied with his weekend’s work and very much looking forward to the season finale where he bids to clinch his first car racing title.

As ever, Max – who will soon be starting his A-levels at the sixth form college previously attended by FIA Formula One Word Champion Jenson Button – would like to thank his tremendous sponsors who have been instrumental in the success he has enjoyed this year.

Posted by: In: Young Guns 19 Jul 2010 0 comments Tags: ,

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Car racing rookie Max Cornelius continued his seriously impressive debut season in fine style at Castle Combe in Wiltshire over the weekend, 17th/18th July, by taking a fantastic double victory and a further top three finish during the latest instalment of the Autosport Young Guns.

From his last six races, the 16-year-old has taken an outstanding tally of six podiums – including five richly deserved wins – and is rapidly marking himself out as a young driver with a huge amount of potential in the realms of single-seater racing.

“It’s been another fantastic weekend, I’m really pleased with the result”, said the Southwick-based youngster, “It would have been incredible to win all three races again but we can’t be greedy! Five wins from six races is a fantastic total though, I can’t wait for the next rounds now at Brands Hatch.”

During Saturday morning’s qualifying session at his most local track, Max was on course to take pole position but after easing off to preserve the life of his tyres he slipped to third with a best time of 1m07.402 seconds (98.81mph) – just two 10ths of a second shy of the top spot.

At the start of the weekend’s opening encounter on Saturday afternoon, the Somerset youngster quickly moved into second position and at the end of lap one he was just 0.8 seconds behind race leader Patryk Szczerbinski. On lap two though, he was pushed back to third by Leopold Ringbom

Max continued well in the final rostrum spot but did unfortunately lose ground to the drivers ahead on lap nine following a spin as he battled with the car’s softer suspension set-up. Remaining in third to the finish on lap 18, he at least secured his fourth podium in as many races having taken a hat-trick of victories at Pembrey in South Wales during the previous event at the end of June.

It wasn’t long before Max hit the winning trail once again though and during race two on Sunday morning, the Motaworld Racing teenager took his fourth victory of 2010 after mastering the damp conditions. Opting for stiffer suspension settings to suit his driving style, Max did a superb job.

Moving from third to second immediately, he was then passed by the fast-starting, and vastly more experienced, Jake Rattenbury. Slipping back behind Szczerbinski too, Max fought wheel-to-wheel for third through Folly Corner and up to Quarry where he made the place his own before usurping Rattenbury at Camp for second position.

Closing on race leader Ringbom, Max pressured him into a mistake on lap five at Camp and duly moved into the lead. Building a substantial cushion over the remaining 12 laps, he cruised to an eventual winning margin of almost 15 seconds – a truly dominant drive.

Heading into the dry third encounter thoroughly determined for more success, the St Laurence School pupil quickly made headway from third on the grid and with an incredibly bold move he seized the lead around the outside at Quarry. Pumping in fastest lap after fastest lap, with a best of 1m06.618 seconds (99.97mph), he went on to win by 3.3 seconds from Szczerbinski.

Max added: “I wasn’t comfortable with the softer suspension settings for the damp conditions, I wanted the car to run stiffer and as soon as we changed that everything felt much better. It was good to learn more about how the car reacts in different conditions, I’ve gained a lot of experience this weekend and to take such good results too is a major bonus.”

During the three week break between the Pembrey and Castle Combe race meetings, Max’s family were able to secure some much-needed and very gratefully received additional support from an array of local sponsors to ensure his superb debut season of car racing could continue.

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Somerset teenager Max Cornelius produced a truly sensational performance at Pembrey Circuit in South Wales over the weekend, 26th/27th June, to secure a perfect hat-trick of race victories in the Autosport Young Guns – his first successes since graduating to car racing only a few weeks ago.

In only his second race weekend in the new-for-2010 championship the 16-year-old from Southwick, near Frome (the hometown of reigning FIA Formula One World Champion Jenson Button), emerged as the dominant force at Pembrey.

Competing with highly respected team Motaworld Racing, Max locked out pole position for each encounter with an outstanding performance and then delivered three tremendous race drives to win the trio of outings. In doing so, the talented car racing rookie became the youngest winner in the inaugural season of the Autosport Young Guns and also the first Briton to take victory.

“This weekend couldn’t have gone any better”, said an elated Max, “Our aim was to try and get on the podium so to take three pole positions and win all three races is unbelievable! When I took pole in qualifying I was so happy, I’m almost speechless after winning each race. I want to dedicate the results to everyone at Motaworld and my family, without them it wouldn’t have been possible.”

During qualifying at the 1.45-mile track on Saturday morning, Max scorched to a hat-trick of pole positions with a string of stunningly consistent laps – times of 56.050 seconds, 56.055 seconds and 56.065 seconds respectively.

Utterly dominant in the first race on Saturday afternoon, he took his breakthrough maiden victory with an unchallenged lights-to-flag drive. Opening up an advantage of just over a second on lap one, the karting graduate controlled the race and after posting the fastest lap at mid-distance he took the chequered flag 2.6 seconds clear.

During the first of Sunday’s races Max, who concludes his GCSE exams at St Laurence School in Bradford-on-Avon this week, took his second win in impressive style during an encounter which called for an altogether different approach as he had to fight his way back to the front after slipping back early on.

Locking up his front-right wheel under braking during the early exchanges, Max adapted to the issue and battled back from third place to win by almost four seconds – overturning a similar time deficit in the process.
Dicing hard over second place, which he claimed, lost and then re-took in quick succession, Max reeled-in the race leader with a determined drive and pulled away in fine style. In addition, he also posted the fastest race lap once again at the wheel of his JKS F75 car.

In the third encounter, which was screened live in the UK on digital satellite and cable channel Motors TV as part of its coverage of the Dunlop Great and British race package from Pembrey, he mirrored his race one performance with a sensational pole-to-flag drive. Never putting a wheel wrong, the burgeoning talent took a commanding victory by around four seconds and fastest lap.

Max commented: “When I was in karting I tended to over-drive sometimes when I was at the front but this weekend I kept my head and everything went perfectly. The team has done a brilliant job for me, Alan (Waite – Motaworld team principal) and the other guys have been fantastic. We’re taking each race as it comes but obviously I really hope we can win again next time out.”

Sponsorship hunt gathers pace ahead of home event, next on the 2010 Autosport Young Guns calendar is a visit to Max’s most local track, Castle Combe in Wiltshire, over the weekend 17th/18th July. Before then though, he and his family will be working double-hard to try and secure additional financial support to help him continue his fantastic progress during his first ever season of car racing.

With his championship bid currently self-financed, the promising teenage sensation requires the support and backing of commercial partners to help him fulfil his undoubted potential in single-seater racing as he bids to climb the motorsport ladder.

The immediate target is for more success in the existing campaign but the target for 2011 is a possible step up to the ranks of Formula Renault – a key category on the path to Formula One and a title won in the past in the UK by the likes of 2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and 2007 World Champion