British F4 alumni continue to rise through the ranks

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F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost alumni have continued to make a flying start to the 2019 season as they continue their rise through the motorsport ranks.

Headlining the list are three members of the ‘Class of 2015’, with Colton Herta becoming the youngest-ever race winner in IndyCar Series history at the end of last month after taking the chequered flag in top spot at Circuit of the Americas for Harding Steinbrenner Racing. Matheus Leist has also started on the front foot in the US-based single-seater category, taking three points finishes from a possible four so far.

Completing the trio is inaugural British F4 champion Lando Norris, who claimed his first points in Formula 1 with sixth at the recent Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir for McLaren-Renault, and currently sits eighth overall in the Drivers Championship as the circus heads next to Baku, Azerbaijan this coming weekend [28th April].

Red Bull Junior and fellow graduate Dan Ticktum took points on a tough debut weekend in Asia, the Brit claiming eighth at Suzuka in the opening round of the Super Formula series in Japan.

Oscar Piastri and Patrik Pasma both scored points at the Formula Renault Eurocup’s season-opener at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the latter making his debut in the category, whilst Max Fewtrell – Renault Sport Academy racer and the reigning Eurocup champion – is waiting to kick off his first season in the all-new FIA Formula 3 Championship alongside fellow alumni Logan Sargeant and Devlin DeFrancesco.

Also putting in good performances at F3 level is the reigning British F4 Rookie Cup winner Jack Doohan, the Australian taking a hat-trick of podiums – including a win – at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, three weeks ago.

Back in the UK, the top-three in last season’s F4 British Championship all underlined their potential at the BRDC British F3 Championship’s season-opener at Oulton Park.

Ayrton Simmons and Jonathan Hoggard took two podium finishes apiece, the latter also claiming a victory on his debut weekend in Cheshire, whilst reigning British F4 champion Kiern Jewiss is snapping at their heels after a hat-trick of points finishes, including two best results of fourth.

Their collective achievements all continue to underline the F4 British Championship’s status – not just for attracting the most competitive grid of its kind worldwide – but for providing a cost-effective, race-proven and instructive platform for their next generation of motorsport stars to make their mark.

The action resumes at Donington Park, Leicestershire, this coming weekend [27th-28th April].