Bart Horsten expects to adapt fast with plenty of track time

  • F4 British Championship newcomer believes high amount of track time will assist development process as he adapts to Ford EcoBoost-powered series.
  • Australian racer aiming to emulate past British F4 graduates and climb the FIA single-seater ladder to Formula 1.
  • New season begins at Brands Hatch this weekend [6th-7th April].

Arden Motorsport’s Bart Horsten believes the vast amount of track time on offer in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will speed up his development process as he prepares to make his debut.

The former Australian Formula Ford racer was quickest in the afternoon session at the Ford EcoBoost-powered category’s Media Day three weeks ago and third on cumulative times behind series returnees Josh Skelton and Sebastian Alvarez.

With Arden undertaking an extensive testing programme at home and abroad during the winter months, the ‘Red Arrows’ arrive at the 1.19-mile Brands Hatch circuit in Kent among the favourites.

And that freedom surrounding track time as well as two practice sessions, qualifying and three races per event leaves Horsten in no doubt that adapting to the British F4 car should be a quicker-than-usual process.

“Luckily in this championship there’s a lot of track time, in terms of testing, practice and races so I feel like everyone is going to learn fast from driving the car so much,” explained Horsten.

He also underlined his belief that moving into Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series was the best move for his career as he aims to emulate graduates such as Lando Norris in using British F4 as a springboard to Formula 1.

“I want to be a racing driver professionally. Obviously, Formula 1 is the dream. I want to aim high, and if I can’t get there then there’s lots of other options,” he added.

“In Australia, it’s very limited, because you’ve got Formula Ford, then second-tier Supercars, Porsche Cup and Supercars – there’s not much in the way of jobs going for a racing driver in Australia and the Formula 4 championship is nowhere near as strong, I feel, as it is over here [in Britain]. Also the publicity, motorsport is nowhere near as big in Australia as it is in England.

“I just wanted to go into a really strong championship, race against the best and get my name out there.”

Once again in 2019, the F4 British Championship holds a unique role as the sole single-seater support series on the UK’s premier motorsport package – the British Touring Car Championship.

That in itself guarantees capacity trackside crowds exceeding some 30,000 spectators at most events, as well as live, free-to-air television coverage nationwide on ITV4.

The new season begins at Brands Hatch this weekend on 6th-7th April.