Theodore Racing, a renowned name in the world of motorsports, has been instrumental in launching the careers of numerous Formula 1 champions, including the legendary Ayrton Senna. As the Macau Grand Prix celebrates its 70th anniversary, the team is poised to introduce a new generation of potential stars in this weekend’s Formula 3 race.
David Kennedy, the managing director of Theodore Racing, has expressed high hopes for the team’s current lineup of young drivers. Italian Gabriele Mini (18), Swedish-Bosnian Dino Beganovic (19), and Estonian Paul Aron (19) have already made a significant impact in the FIA F3 World Cup this season. Their exceptional talent is evident in the minute differences in their lap times, often separated by mere thousandths of a second.
These rising stars have already caught the attention of major Formula 1 junior teams. Beganovic is associated with Ferrari, Aron with Mercedes, and Mini with Alpine. Kennedy, with his extensive experience in motorsports and his long association with Theodore Racing, is confident about the bright future these young drivers have ahead of them.
Theodore Racing’s legacy in motorsports is profound. Founded by Hong Kong businessman Teddy Yip in 1973, the team quickly made a mark by winning the Macau Grand Prix the following year. It became the first and only Chinese constructor to participate in Formula One in 1976. However, it is the Macau Grand Prix where Theodore Racing truly left its mark, with a remarkable track record of nurturing future champions.
Senna’s victory in 1983 under the Theodore Racing banner is a highlight in the team’s history. Of the 26 drivers who raced for Theodore between 1978 and 1992 in Macau, an astonishing 25 went on to compete in Formula One. This illustrious list includes world champions like Senna, Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen, and Alan Jones.
After a hiatus, Teddy Yip Jr. revived the team in 2008, continuing the legacy of his father. In the past decade, Theodore Racing has been a stepping stone for several F1 drivers, including Lance Stroll, Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly, Charles Leclerc, Zhou Guanyu, Nicholas Latifi, Antonio Giovinazzi, and Nyck de Vries.
Kennedy’s journey into motorsport is as legendary as the team he represents. From working in Australian mines to fund his racing career to becoming an Irish champion and winning British championships, his story is one of unparalleled determination and passion for racing.
As the Macau Grand Prix unfolds, the motorsport world will be watching Theodore Racing’s young drivers, poised to write their own chapters in the annals of racing history.