Théo Pourchaire, born in Cannes on the 20th of August 2003, is a French racing driver that was most notably known for racing in Formula 3 and finishing second in his rookie campaign, paired with a very successful racing career prior to this. He joined ART Grand Prix in his recent season, joined with Alexander Smolyar and Sebastián Fernández, helping them finish 3rd in the championship.
Like most drivers, Théo started at a young age of 2, but only started professionally competing in 2012 when he was 9 years of age. His first championship was the French Championship Minime, but there is no document of where he placed. Despite this, Pourchaire came back the following year and finished in 1st, in which this was the start of his very successful racing career. Moving up to the cadet karts, he takes 1st once again in the French Championship and the National Series Karting. In 2016, Pourchaire moved up to the OK-Junior class, competing in Championnat de France, in which, unsurprisingly, he won. Staying in this category, he comes 3rd in the CIK-FIA World Junior Championship and German Junior Kart Championship. For 2017, Théo racedin five different series, but his most successful was the 22° South Garda Winter Cup where he finished in 3rd.
Pourchaire moved up to Formula 4 in 2018, competing in the French version with FFSA Academy. Although he was too young to compete in the main standings, he still competed in the junior championship, in which he claimed 16 wins out of the 21 races (out of the four other drivers competing with him). With 408.5 points under his name, Théo finished first ahead of Reshad de Gerus. Joining US-Racing-CHRS, he competed in the ADAC German Formula 4 championship, joined by Roman Staněk, Arthur Leclerc and Alessandro Ghiretti. The French driver took home 12 podiums, in which 4 of them were wins, claiming 258 points. The title was close with Dennis Hauger, but in the end, he finished out first by only 7 points.
With a Formula 4 championship on his back, he was in, no doubt, under a lot of pressure to carry this momentum onwards, yet he did this with ease. After a rocky start to the season, he already claimed his first win in Formula 3 by the second round at the sprint race and then backed this up with a feature race win in Hungary, the following race. He then went on to stand on the podium a further 6 times, totalling to eight. The title came to the final race, but unfortunately lost out to Oscar Piastri in the final race coming 3 points behind, though finished ahead of Prema driver Logan Sargeant.
After a very successful stint in Formula 3, no doubt will the French driver be looking for more to add, whether it be in another series or Formula 2, but one thing we do know for sure, is that he is one to definitely look out for.
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