Keeping it Cool: Zak hones his skills with ice driving training in Norway

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Being a successful racing driver is often about staying cool under pressure – something a Zak O'Sullivan has taken literally as he prepares for his first season in single-seaters.

Zak visited Norway last week for a series of ice driving sessions on a frozen lake in Geilo, a town best known for its ski resorts and mountain trails.

The 15-year-old, who is graduating to British F4 with the renowned Carlin team in 2020, used the session to hone his car control skills in temperatures which routinely hit -10c.

It was the latest stint behind the wheel of a busy winter for Zak, organised by his driver coaches at Kokoro Performance, which has also included extensive testing sessions in his new F4 machine.

Zak became the youngest-ever winner of the Ginetta Junior Championship Rookie Cup in 2019 and is joining a team which has been a proving ground for some of the world’s top drivers, including Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg. 

He said: “The ice driving was an awesome experience. Scandinavians are often thought to be the best in the world at car control, so I thought I had better try and steal some of their ideas!

“I learned a lot and it was more valuable time behind the wheel, which I’m sure will help me out when I’m back on the Tarmac.”

Back in more familiar surroundings, Zak has been testing intensively ahead of the start of the new season, with full days at Silverstone, Donington Park and Thruxton completed. 

He said: “Testing has been going really well and I’m feeling very positive, but everyone knows you don’t win any prizes for being fast in pre-season.

“I won’t be making any predictions until I see where I stack up against my rivals, but it goes without saying it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to.”

The British F4 season kicks off at Donington Park over the weekend of March 27-29 and the races will be screened live on ITV4. 

For more information on Zak, follow him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/zak.osullivan.