Reece Lycett says he is eager to fight for top rookie honours when he makes the move into the Vertu Motors MINI CHALLENGE Trophy for the 2023 season.

The 20-year-old makes the move into the Cooper class for what is set to be his first year of sprint competition, with his previous experience coming largely in single-seaters before a year of endurance racing in 2022.

A multiple champion in his formative years of karting, Lycett moved into car racing back in 2018 in F1000, scoring an impressive third place first time out at Croft to become the youngest driver to score a podium finish in the series.

From there, he would make the move into Formula Ford competition before the impact of the pandemic forced him onto the sidelines for the 2021 campaign.

Returning to action last year in the Tegiwa Club Enduro Championship at the wheel of a Lotus Elise, Lycett will now embark on a full campaign in the Cooper class with Chandler Motorsport – one of a number of new teams joining the grid for the 2023 season.

Lycett’s debut in the series will come this weekend at Brands Hatch in the opening three races of the year.

“The MINI CHALLENGE Trophy is a series I’ve wanted to race in for years and I’m looking forward to getting started this weekend,” he said.

“A lot of hard work has gone in behind the scenes for this season and I want to thank the team Chandler Motorsports for helping get the car on point, as well as Studio Fred, SATA tools EU and all my other sponsors.

“I have raced my fair share of different types of race cars and I can say that the MINI Cooper R50 has to be the most positive car yet. Therefore, as a newcomer, I am hoping to prove my skills and make a name for myself within the MINI paddock.

“Our recent test day at Blyton Park was extremely successful, showing good pace in both me and the car. On the back of this, I’m hoping for a successful and competitive season at the front.”

(Pics credit: Studio Fred)