Igor Waliłko. Born on September 12th, 1997. Racing driver of Formula 3 single-seater Dallara F312. Son of a motorcycle contestant and pupil of WallraV Racing Club Zielona Góra. His success since the early childhood has constantly been proving that petrol and rivalry both flow through his veins.
Young Waliłko commences his career as an 8-year-old boy. During his first competition, he stands on the podium twice, eventually debuting in the Rookie 60 class of the Polish Championship and finishing at the 4th place in the overall classification. Two years later, in 2009, Igor claims the second runner-up honours in the Belgian Championship along with Max Verstappen as his main rival, currently the youngest Formula 1 driver. The Polish Cup, the Polish Championship, renowned Italian Trofeo Andrea Margutti, Winter Cup and racing in the front row of the German Kart Racing Championship open the door to the kart racing top. In 2012 Igor’s uncommon talent is being discovered by the three-fold Formula 1 Championship Lewis Hamilton. Consequently, an offer for Hamilton’s factory kart racing team is being put on a table and Igor ultimately wins the Italian series Trofeo Delle Industrie. Next season Igor is already competing in both European and World Championships. Successful kart racing debut and self-development attitude push Igor towards a single-seater.
The 2014 season is a breakthrough moment in Igor’s career. He debuts in the full season of Formula ADAC Masters 2014, winning two podiums after pole position starting. He finishes in a first five in the overall classification. In 2015, during the testing of Formula 3 single-seater for the Italian team RP Motorsport, Igor regularly holds a top 3 position. After that Igor is being offered a contract from the Italian team. Waliłko takes part in Euroformula Open 2015 and wins 12 podiums, including 1st place seven times, out of 16 races as a rookie. Igor Waliłko is one out of the few extraordinary sportsmen who caught the attention of the most renowned both national and international media. This year, the 19-year-old driver with a lot of successes is again competing in Euroformula Open, fighting for the British Fortec Motorsports team. Thanks to Igor’s impressive results, the EFO Polish media coverage enjoyed viewing figures matching MotoGP and WRC which included nation’s top sportsman Robert Kubica, himself a former F3 driver. Several other top F1 drivers came through the ranks by winning in F3, including World Champions Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and F1 legend Michael Schumacher, as well as Igor’s former rival, Max Verstappen. With his 2015 campaign being the best ever Euroformula Open performance by a Polish rookie, Igor aims even higher for 2016 with his sights set clear on the title before a potential progression to Formula 1.