REZA Seewooruthun, a highly-rated racing driver from Poole, scored his first podium finish in the British F4 Championship at the age of 17.

The teenager performed admirably at Brands Hatch in Kent, taking third place in the weekend's final race.

This completed a clean sweep of the podium for his team, Hitech.

After the first two rounds of the championship, Seewooruthun is sixth in the points standings.

The British F4 Championship is a vital step on the road to Formula 1 and features drivers as young as 15 years of age who are all striving to climb the ladder.

Three F1 drivers honed their craft in the series; British driver Lando Norris won the title in 2015 while ascending motorsport ranks in the UK. His McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri and American Logan Sargeant are also part of British F4’s alumni.

A delighted Seewooruthun said: “An amazing result for the team. A great end. It was quite tough, especially because the racing was so close.

“After that first three corners, you're stuck in a slalom. A great end.

“The team have been putting in so much work behind the scenes, so amazing for them to come away with this result.”

The driver has enjoyed great success since making his debut in car racing at the start of 2023. He finished third in the Ginetta Junior Championship and took three victories at Brands Hatch in a single weekend.

Seewooruthun’s blistering speed on the track has been noticed, and many local businesses sponsor him, including Yellow Penguin, Abbey Estates, Amirez Developments, and Wyatt Homes, to name a few.

The Dorset-based driver is looking to claim another podium at the next round of the British F4 Championship at Snetterton this weekend, broadcast on ITV.

He said: “Hopefully, the same again. I think it's definitely possible.

“We're really strong there. The team is strong there. The car is really good there. So hopefully, with [warm] weather like this again, we'll be sorted.”

Poole’s rising star has driven at the circuit in Norfolk previously, taking second and third place in Ginetta Juniors last season. However, he has yet to compete at Snetterton in F4, a different, quicker car.