Bart Horsten is satisfied with his development after a positive year in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.
The Australian put in a solid performance at the season-opener with two top-six finishes, before claiming his first podium – and victory – in successive races at Donington Park a fortnight later.
Horsten’s consistency throughout the middle of the season kept him in the title hunt – the Arden Motorsport racer scored a podium finish at every event up until Knockhill, but an unfortunate weekend in Scotland left Horsten with an uphill battle to stay in the hunt.
He went to Silverstone among the seven drivers still in with a mathematical shout, but a retirement in the opener at the ‘Home of British Motorsport’ ended his title hopes.
A trio of top five finishes, including a tenth podium of the year, at Brands Hatch GP helped Horsten secure fifth overall in the standings in what he described as a “really promising year” as he looks to pave the way for a move through the single-seater ladder.
“We’ve had a really promising year, even though the results perhaps weren’t what we expected or perhaps deserved, in terms of development I came a long way this year,” explained Horsten.
“Towards the end of the season there were only little things that would stop me from being right at the front.
“Maybe I didn’t quite get there with a few of the qualifying sessions but in all the practice and testing I’ve always been at the front, and been racing competitively.
“I think I’ve improved a lot as a driver over the year.”