- F4 British Championship newcomer aiming for Rookie Cup success in maiden season.
- Arden Motorsport racer highlights the importance of simulators in preparation.
- New campaign begins at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 6th – 7th
Arden Motorsport’s new recruit Alex Connor says winning the Rookie Cup title is his aim ahead of his first season in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost in 2019.
Connor, who graduates into Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series following a successful karting career back in the United Arab Emirates, also highlighted the importance of simulator work in preparing for each of the series’ ten race events.
He put in a strong performance at the championship’s Media Day at Brands Hatch last week, ranking sixth on cumulative times, less than three tenths behind series returnee Josh Skelton at the front of the field.
That followed a positive winter programme for Connor alongside new team-mates Bart Horsten and Tommy Foster, with the Arden Motorsport racer hopeful of securing the Rookie honours in his first season in the Ford EcoBoost-powered category.
He will, however, be forced to miss the opening event at Brands Hatch due to his age, with Connor still beneath the 15-year old age requirement to compete.
“I think hopefully we can win the Rookie Cup, the only unfortunate thing is missing the first round by three days because of my age,” explained Connor.
“I think I know the circuits quite well, I have a simulator back at base so we go on them to practice the tracks and different weather situations, racing lines and so on. I think my favourite track is probably Oulton Park.
“I think it is very good preparation to be on the simulator because you get to learn the circuit, but also you get to push the limits more than you would in the car – you can make mistakes where you go off-track and I think that helps quite a lot.”
He also highlighted his dream of eventually climbing the motorsport ladder to Formula 1, a feat recently achieved by 2015 British F4 Champion Lando Norris with McLaren.
“I think that’s everybody’s dream, to get to Formula 1. I think I have a good chance, hopefully I can get there.”
Once again this season, the F4 British Championship enjoys a privileged position as the sole single-seater support series on the UK’s premier motorsport package – the British Touring Car Championship.
Regularly attracting capacity crowds exceeding 30,000 spectators at most events, the championship also benefits from live, free-to-air television coverage on ITV4 at each of the ten race meetings.
The new season begins at Brands Hatch on 6th-7th April.