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Established in 1989 initially under the banner of Streatfield Motorsport taken from its founder and team principal Nick Streatfield and then changed to Falcon Motorsport in 1994. The team has contested in a number of championships including British Formula 3, UK Formula Renault, BARC Formula Renault, Formula Ford, Formula Ford 2000 and the Autosport Young Guns Championship. Among the drivers who Falcon have run and helped to develop include three times World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx, Formula Renault champion and current Le Mans Series driver Danny Watts, Indycar driver Alex Lloyd, ex Honda F1 test driver James Rossiter, Formula 2 champion Dean Stoneman and Renault World Series race winner Sten Pentus. Intersteps Formula BMW 2012: For the second year of the Racing Steps backed championship, Falcon signed two Formula BMW talent cup drivers, Lassi Halminen from Finland and Liam Venter from South Africa. They were joined in the three car team by young karting graduate Nikita Miliakov from Dubai. The young Falcon drivers were up against some much more experienced competition, but as the season progressed they steadily became more and more competitive. Lassi and Liam would take numerous podiums and Nikita only narrowly missing out on the podium at Rockingham. Intersteps Formula BMW 2011: With the demise of the unreliable Young Guns car, the team moved to the new Intersteps Championship for 2011. Backed by the Racing Steps Foundation and using the tried and tested Formula BMW car, the championship was immediately competitive. Both Patryk Szczerbinski and James Nutbrown remained with the team and were joined by promising karter Ash Robinson. All three drivers showed well, but it was Szczerbinski who would take six wins from mid point in the season, chasing down eventual champion Jake Dennis all the way to the final round. Autosport Young Guns 2010: For the 2010 season, Falcon decided to join the new Autosport Young Guns championship. The championship is aimed at drivers aged 16 - 19 looking to start their single seater careers in a competitive formula. From the start of the year Falcon were strong contenders for the crown with drivers Patryk Szczerbinski, James Nutbrown and Russell Danzey taking 3 wins and 16 podiums between them. Patryk was crowned the inaugural champion of the series with James an excellent 3rd and Russell 7th. Robin Palmer made a very welcome return to Falcon, after a year out, competing in the French VdeV single seater championship. With 2 race wins and consistent points scoring positions, Robin finished the season a very strong 4th. Formula Renault 2009: Following on from his winter test program, Falcon concluded a late deal to run Jordan Williams in the 2009 UK Formula Renault Championship. Some impressive early season test times set up an encouraging start, however just six rounds into the championship and with a gruelling A level exam schedule, Jordan reluctantly withdrew from racing. Jack Piper joined Falcon for the second half of the BARC championship with backing from Anglian Home improvements. It's always tough to come in part way through the season but Jack made very rapid progress up the order and could have been a title contender in 2010. Formula Renault 2008: The 2008 season got off to an early start with new signing Andy Flynn taking in an extensive test program throughout the winter months in preparation for the 2008 BARC Championship. Andy was due to be joined by long time Falcon driver Robin Palmer but a move to France made it unrealistic for Robin to continue. Andy made an encouraging start to the season but sadly due to personal reasons was forced to curtail his season early. With no places available in the BARC Championship and a shortage of available drivers for the UK Series, the team spent the remaining year testing David McDonald, Jordan Williams and Alice Powell amongst others in preparation for the 2009 UK Championship. Formula Renault 2007: Once again concentrating on the BARC Championship. Robin Palmer, now in his fourth year of driving with Falcon Motorsport was joined by Sten Pentus (Estonia) and Craig Copeland who moved to the team in his second year of BARC Renault. Robin has now become a seasoned campaigner in BARC Renault and makes progress each year in a championship that has got a lot more competitive in the last year or two. Sten who had contested a handful of Eurocup Formula Renault races in 2006 started the season very well with a second place at Croft before hitting sponsorship difficulties mid season. After a couple of rounds away Sten was to return in August for the remainder of the season. Although not quite repeating that early season success, there were some more strong performances. Craig joined the team after the first round but soon showed his experience and superb race craft to give the team a string of strong performances that sadly never quite brought the results that he deserved. For the Formula Renault Winter Series, Sten Pentus continued with Falcon and was joined by Frenchman Damien Charveriat. With the usual accidents and changeable weather of the Winter Series, it was an up and down time for our drivers. Sten finished his season with a stunning drive at Croft taking a well-deserved victory in the final race. Formula Renault 2006: A return to the UK Formula Renault championship this year with experienced Irish driver, Henry O'Friel. Pre season testing went well but as the racing season got under way Henry was to suffer some recurring health problems meaning that by mid season he reluctantly had to step down from driving. In the BARC Formula Renault championship Robin Palmer once again joined the team alongside a mid season signing of Andy Meyrick. Although not able to mount a championship challenge, Andy did make very rapid progress and secured pole position at Thruxton in only his third formula Renault race meeting. He was to be cruelly robbed of victory in that race by a back marker but did go on to a strong second place in the final meeting of the year. Dean Stoneman fresh from karting success joined the team for the last two rounds of the championship in preparation for the Winter Series where he made further progress in what should be a bright future for him. Formula Renault 2005: For 2005 the team focused on the new BARC Formula Renault Championship. Heading the team was new signing, Matt Russell who was looking for a fresh start after a difficult year in UK Formula Renault. Matt was joined at Falcon by Robin Palmer, Hesham Ali and Nick Wilson. From the start Falcon set the pace with a string of seven pole positions, four race wins and six fastest laps to become vice champions with Matt Russell. Formula Renault 2004: For 2004 Falcon signed the experienced Mexican Formula Renault racer Carlos Mastretta to partner Nik Goodfellow who was back for a second year. Carlos made a steady start to the season adapting to the British circuits and then made some big advances in the second half of the season with four top ten places. Very sadly for the second year in a row Nik Goodfellow had sponsorship difficulties just at the point when he was making good progress in the championship. He was replaced in the team by Jamie Gruber who made the difficult mid season jump into Formula Renault. Formula Renault 2003: Nik Goodfellow was retained for the 2003 season and John Byrne made the big jump from World Champioship Karting to Formula Renault. Sadly Nik Goodfellow was to run into sponsorship problems half way through the year but John Byrne made rapid progress finishing the season with 4th on the grid for the last race. For the Winter Series Paul Rees made a welcome return and was joined in the team by Alex Buncombe. Alex was a contender from the start and finished a close fourth in the Series. Formula Renault 2002: For the 2002 season Falcon expanded to three cars and signed Robin Rudholm, Ben Reeves and James Rossiter. Both Rudholm and Rossiter had many strong performances throughout the year capped by an excellent fourth and fifth at Thruxton. For the Winter Series the team ran Nik Goodfellow, Paul Rees (son of March and Arrows founder Alan Rees) and Sam Hignett. Formula Renault 2001: Danny Watts and Daniel Welch joined the team for the 2001 season. Watts had partnered Kimi Raikkonen in 2000 and won the inaugural British race. After front running performances in the first two races of the season Danny had the biggest accident in Formula Renault history at Oulton Park. The car was completely destroyed but two weeks later, with a new car, he bounced back with the first of two race wins for Falcon Motorsport. More strong performances throughout the season secured third in the championship and a McLaren Autosport nomination. Alex Lloyd and Katherine Legge joined the team for the Winter Series with Alex taking a fine third in the championship. Formula Renault 2000: Falcon returned to Formula Renault for 1999 in preparation for the new and exciting Formula Renault 2000 Formula. Mark Mcloughlin and Dillon Battistini signed for the 2000 series with Alex Kapadia replacing Battistini mid season. Mcloughlin was to take three pole positions during the season. An achievement only surpassed by 2007 Formula One World Champion, Kimi Raikkonen. A strong end of season performance by both drivers ensured that Falcon finished the season in fourth place in the championship.

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