McLaren, a British motor racing team, has signed 13-year-old Ugo Ugochukwu on a long-term deal to develop his career like the company did with the reigning Formula 1 champion, Lewis Hamilton.
The karting prodigy started in New York in 2013 and won the 2020 FIA OKJ European Karting championship.
Speaking on his deal, Ugochukwu said “I’m honoured to be signed by such an iconic team as McLaren Racing so early in my career,” Ugochukwu said. “To have the support of McLaren is fantastic and what any young driver dreams of.
“I’m focused right now on developing as a driver and racer, so having McLaren by my side can only help me on and off the track.”
It’s most famous junior signing was Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, now a seven-time world champion, who was backed by the Woking team and Mercedes from the age of 13 and made his F1 debut in 2007.
“Ugo is a promising young talent with strong development prospects,” McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said. “While he is still early in his career, it is clear he has the ingredients to be successful in the sport.
“This signing reflects our refocused approach to identifying and supporting new talent, away from a formal young driver programme to a more tailored basis.”
Ugochukwu won a series of karting titles in the U.S.A. between 2014 and 2018 before moving his attention to racing in Europe in 2019.
This year he will compete in the OK Senior class in Europe.
El Clásico Live on StarTimes This Saturday
La Liga’s El Clásico on Saturday promises to be a significant game in the title race. Messi’s Barça go into the clash just a point off the top spot, and two points ahead of a Real Madrid that just beat Liverpool in the Champions League.
Saturday’s match is no doubt the highlight of the weekend’s global football calendar and fans will miss none of the action as the game will be televised live and in HD on the StarTimes’ Sport Premium channel at 8 pm, as Africa’s leading digital-TV operator broadcasts La Liga matches throughout the continent as well as Bundesliga, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup and the coming UEFA Euro 2020.
Saturday’s home side, Real Madrid have a slight advantage in the statistics, having won 74 of the 181 previous matches, while Barcelona won 72, with 35 ending in a draw.
Due to COVID regulations, the match will be played in the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium, which normally hosts games of the Real Madrid reserve side that campaigns in the Segunda División B, which is the third tier of Spanish football.
Both sides have several injury worries ahead of their 182nd La Liga clash.
Against Liverpool, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane had to make do without captain Sergio Ramos, who has played in more El Clásico matches – 45 – than any other player.
Ramos’ central defensive partner Raphael Varane will definitely be out of the game as he has tested positive for the Covid virus and will be forced to quarantine.
Dani Carvajal and Eden Hazard were also unavailable against Liverpool and are likely to miss the clash against Barcelona.
Barcelona, who needed a last-gasp goal from Ousmane Dembele to beat lowly Valladolid 1-0 on Monday will probably be without inspirational Gerard Pique on Saturday.
But despite all the absences, there are still plenty of stars that will feature in the game, with Barcelona having the likes of Lionel Messi, Frenkie De Jong, Jordi Alba, Antoine Griezmann and young American Sergino Dest, while Real can count on Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Luca Modric – amongst others.
Pressure Mounts on Arsenal, Man U for Trophy as Europa League Reaches Q-Final Stage
English clubs, Manchester United and Arsenal return to European action are among four unmissable quarter-final first-leg clashes exclusively live on StarTimes.
Since 1972, all permanent Manchester United managers have won at least one trophy in their stint with the Red Devils.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær is fast running out of options if he wants to ensure a continuation of this run in his third season in charge of the club.
Having taken over from Jose Mourinho (who won the Europa League, the League Cup and the Community Shield in his two and a half years in charge) in December 2018, the Norwegian’s best chance – and probably the only chance – for success this season is the Europa League.
On Thursday United are away to Spanish club Granada in the first leg of the quarter-final of the prestigious competition.
Granada, who entered the tournament in the 3rd qualifying round and have already played 13 Europa League matches, are enjoying their first-ever foray into European football.
If Solskjær is under pressure to do well, there is even more pressure on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. The Gunners slumped to a 3-0 home defeat against Liverpool on the weekend and are 10th in the league and seem unlikely to qualify for Europe next season.
Unless, of course, they win the Europa League.
Arsenal enjoy home advantage in the Emirates Stadium against Slavia Prague on Thursday and will be looking to ensure they travel to the Czech Republic with a lead a week later.
One of the reasons why Arsenal’s season has never quite reached the heights their fans expect is that star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not been as lethal upfront as he used to be.
Having scored over 30 goals in all competitions last season, the Gabonese international currently stands on just 14.
Football fans will be able to watch all the best action from the exciting competition live and exclusively on StarTimes Basic Bouquet for N1700 monthly or Smart Bouquet for N2200 monthly.
Copa del Rey Final, Bundesliga, La Liga Live on StarTimes This Easter Holiday
Exciting time await football fans during the Easter Holiday as top European fixtures will be aired live on StarTimes.
Football returns to Spain this weekend after the international break with nine games in La Liga and the final of the 2020 Copa del Rey.
The Copa del Rey final between local Basque rivals, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad will be played at 8:30pm on Saturday. It will air on StarTimes’ World Football channel. The channel was recently moved to basic and smart bouquets to make premium sports content available to all.
Real Sociedad have a slight doubt over the fitness of key midfielder Mikel Merino. Athletic are without any injuries for the game but defender Inigo Martinez and goalkeeper Unai Simon played 90 minutes for Spain on Wednesday night.
Sunday’s big match in La Liga will see league leaders Atletico Madrid face a difficult visit to fourth-placed Sevilla in one of the toughest tests they will face between now and the end of the season.
Atletico’s lead has been cut to just four points over Barcelona, and if Real Madrid win at home to Eibar, they could be just three points off the top by the time their city rivals kick-off.
In Bundesliga, the title race could be decided on Saturday as RB Leipzig face a Bayern Munich side at 5:30pm without star man Robert Lewandowski in a blockbuster clash.
With eight games to go in the league, Bayern have a four-point lead over Leipzig, who this season are looking like a team that can actually, win their first Bundesliga title.
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