2013 Season: Super Formula Championship
DOB: 17 August 1991
First Race: 2000, Cadet Kart
Heroes: Michael Schumacher, Jaime Alguersuari, Robert Kubica
Goals: To win both the Le Mans 24-hour Endurance Race and the Formula 1 World Championship
About Richard Bradley
Although 2010 is his first season in formula cars, that didn’t stop 2010 Formula BMW Pacific champion Richard Bradley from leading the Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup right from the start. After seven victories in five race meetings, Bradley clinched the overall Formula BMW Pacific Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup titles.
Having only raced competitively in karts previously, Bradley is a renowed multiple British kart racing champion who has raced at KF1 (Karting Formula 1), the highest level of karting. Since he first started karting at the age of eight, Bradley has gone on to win several titles, including the 2008 British Open Championship. He became the youngest ever winner of a Formula A S1 MSA British Kart Championship round at the age of 15 years and 8 months and had three Top 6 finishes in the 2009 CIK FIA Super KF1 European Championship. In addition, he was a CIK-FIA sponsored young driver in the 2009 CIK-FIA Super KF1 World Cup and CIK-FIA Super KF1 World Championship.
Bradley made a spectacular debut in his rookie single-seater season at the opening rounds of the Formula BMW Pacific Championship which were held as support races to the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. Clinching back-to-back victories in Rounds 1 and 2, Richard qualified in pole position and set the fastest lap times for his first two ever single-seater races. His pole position time was a new record in a Formula BMW at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.
For 2011, Richard progressed to Formula 3 and race in the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship with TOM’S, the performance and racing arm of Japanese automotive brands Toyota and Lexus. In his debut season Richard finished P5 in the championship taking a podium in his first race. At the end of the season Richard competed in the Blue Riband unofficial F3 World Championship at the Macau Grand Prix finishing a very strong 9th place on his debut at the daunting street circuit.
For 2012, Richard stayed on in Japanese Formula 3 with TOM’S finishing a credible 4th place with 6 podium finishes, including the fastest lap of the year at the legendary Suzuka circuit. Richard tested the ultra quick Formula Nippon for TOM’S at the end of the year. Richard impressed on his debut in the 750 hp car and for 2013 has graduated to the category with KCMG.
Away from the track, Bradley continues to be an inspiration to aspiring race drivers and fellow motorsports enthusiasts. Chosen as the ambassador for F1 in Schools in Singapore and in the World Finals, Bradley advocates the importance of technical and engineering knowledge in motorsports, and has also given talks on his racing experiences at community events.