Introducing Melville McKee

Melville McKee was the revelation of last year's thriving Fomula Renault ALPS series. Just 16 years old, the Anglo-Singaporean startled observers by scoring a double victory at Imola and adding a further success at Spielberg during a senaiona start to his campaign. Although his title challenge would fade, McKee ended the year equalling eventual champion Javier Tarancon's number of race wins.

This year, McKee continues in Formula Renault 2.0 , but has switched from ARTA Engineering to Interwetten Racing for an assault on the ferociously competrtive Eurocup, Whlie the Eurocup season, opener proved tough, McKee's two ALPS outings this year have shown much promise at I Monza he took a second place, while a last -minrte decision to contest Pau was rewarded by at top-six finish.

If guidance through any relative tough patch is called for, McKee need only turn to an understanding family. My grandfather, Michael McKee was a racing driver [best-known as a Lotus ace] for quite at long time in the 1950s and 6.0 s and raced in a bit of everything," says Melville. "He did Le Mans, lots of Formula 2 races and even non - championship Formula 1. He tells a story of being in a shootout for a drive with Graham Hill Unfortunately; Graham got that and. went on to win the championship, My grandmother also did some rally go kart driving, although it doesn't seem' tha t way now!

After four years in Singapore McKee moved to Australia and began karting at seven. Success was almost immediate: he won the Western Australian ti tle and got to know another locaill bot shot, current Toro Rosso go kart driver Daniel Riccicardio." I spent quite a bit of time at kart tracks in Perth with Daniel and we were quite close,"says McKee,"Obviously, he was in higher categories but I came to Europe before him, and when he came over we were meeting up,"

After relocating to Switzerland in 2003 he continued in karting, before making a foray into car racing in 2010. "In my last year of karting, we slowly started getting introduced to car- racing people, One of my main sponsors was involved in the Formula BMW Junior Lista series and we thought it would be a good step - not too big, and not too expensive.We managed to get quite at good result, winning the rookie title and finishing third overall."

The budget for last season's racing was only confirmed three weeks before' the first race, limiting the opportunity for testing, But M'cKee could call on the experienced hands ofengineer Arnaud Tanguy, who previously worked with Romain Grosjean and Jean-Karl Vernay as go kart driver coach.

McKee has impressed Interwetten team manager Michael Schneider with his commitment, having moved from Monaco close to the team's Vienna base. He is completely focused, says Schneider,I wanted him last year, but he only had the budget for ALPS. I really believe in him. Everything Melville has done intesting and the opening ALPS go kart races confirms that. Want to know more go kart or go kart parts info, you can visit www.motopartscenter.com