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McLaren a British motor racing team, signs 13-year-old Nigerian-American in a long-term deal



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McLaren, a British Motor Racing Team, has signed Ugo Ugochukwu, a 13-year old son of famous Nigerian model Oluchi Onweagba, to a long-term deal.

McLaren annouce this development via its Twitter handle on Monday.

McLaren CEO, Zak Brown, disclose that Ugochukwu has been on their radar as they have been watching him progress and then pounced when the opportunity presented itself.

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He said, “We’ve been watching Ugo’s progress with interest, so when the opportunity to sign an agreement with him became available, we had no hesitation moving on it. Now we’ll focus on giving Ugo the right support when he needs it to help him fulfil his potential.”

Andreas Seidl, McLaren’s F1 team principal, also praised Ugochukwu’s talent, explaining that his signing “reflects our refocused approach to identifying and supporting new talent, away from a formal young driver program to a more tailored basis.”

Ugochukwu, who has won several titles both in the US and Europe since he started his career in 2013 expresses how honored he is.

In he words, “I’m honoured to be signed by such an iconic team as McLaren Racing so early in my career. 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.”

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Meanwhile, his mother, Oluchi Onweagba, Ugochukwu’s mum who is a Nigerian model based in New York City, also expressed her excitement in an Instagram post.

‘Thank you GOD! Angels in the heavenlies Thank you. Watch over your Son. @ugougochukwu. It’s beyond us,” she wrote on her IG page.

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