About

Cheltenham-based Zak’s love of speed was clear from a young age. Zak started karting aged 9 and perfected his racecraft on the kart tracks of Europe. Winning 3 out of his first 5 races, Zak was dubbed “Rain Man” for his speed in the wet.

 

Zak quickly progressed to the highly competitive arena of European World Karting. In 2017, despite his tender years, Zak finished overall 5th and 12th, out of hundreds of entrants. In 2018, Zak finished a very strong 2nd place in the prestigious DKM championship.

 

 

Zak was placed 2nd in his car racing debut, and went on to record three race wins and a further 11 podiums. He secured the 2019 Ginetta Junior Championship Rookie Cup and 2nd overall, 164 points clear of his next nearest rookie rival. Now a seasoned racer at most UK circuits, Zak moved up into the British F4 Championship in 2020, his first season in single-seaters.

 

 

Zak moved swiftly to confirm his plans for 2021, when he announced he would step up to the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship with Carlin. As Britain's premier single-seater racing series, it runs alongside the British GT Championship and features iconic circuits such as Silverstone GP and Spa-Francorchamps. 

In January of 2021 Zak became the youngest-ever BRDC Superstar. The programme spotlights up-and-coming British racing drivers and has impressive alumni including George Russell, Lando Norris and Alex Albon.

 

 

As a prize for winning the GB3 Championship, Zak was awarded a two-day FIA F3 test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia with his current team Carlin. The test was a huge learning experience for Zak and very productive. 

In October 2021 it was revealed that Zak had been selected as a finalist for the renowned Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award (AMABA). The award is given to Britain's most exciting young racer each year, and previous winners include David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson, Paul Di Resta, George Russell and Lando Norris.

Zak returned to the UK to race competitively in 2014. Claiming his first championship aged 11, Zak became one of the youngest ever winners of the British Super One Rookie Championship. Later that year Zak won the prestigious British GP Kartmasters Championship.

 

At just 14 years old, 2019 signalled Zak’s move into cars with the Ginetta Junior Championship. He raced on some of the UK’s most renowned racetracks, shadowing the British Touring Car Championship. With a Live TV audience of 20 million and trackside attendance in excess of 380,000, 2019 promised to be an exciting year, and exciting it was!

 

Zak impressed hugely in his maiden F4 season, winning at his first event at Donington Park for Carlin before taking pole and a double victory in the second meeting at Brands Hatch. He was engaged in a fierce battle for the title with Luke Browning for the whole year, only losing out in controversial circumstances in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch. 

 

 

Zak went on to have an extremely dominant season in British F3 (later renamed the GB3 Championship). Amassing an impressive seven wins, seven additional podiums and the most poles, most fastest laps and most laps led, Zak stormed his way to championship victory. He ended the season 164 points clear of his nearest opposition. As a result, Zak became the youngest-ever GB3/British F3 Champion and also contributed towards the Team Championship victory for Carlin.

"I’m fortunate to have worked with many talented drivers, some of which have made it all the way to Formula One. Zak has fantastic natural talent…I see a very bright future ahead.

                               - Trevor Carlin (Team Principal)