Carter Williams underlines faith in JHR’s title credentials

• F4 British Championship rookie believes JHR Developments provide him with “all the necessary tools” to fight for the title at the first attempt.
• American racer expects himself and team-mate Josh Skelton to provide the opposition with a headache at each of the ten events.
• Williams also highlighted the series’ prestige as he prepares for the opening event at Brands Hatch on 6th-7th April.

Carter Williams believes in JHR Developments he has “all the necessary tools” to put together a title challenge for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at the first attempt.

The American racer switches into Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series after an extensive karting career and success in the Formula Car Challenge state-side and the UK’s National Formula Ford 1600 Championship.

He will partner the returning Josh Skelton at JHR, who came close to winning the title last season with Ayrton Simmons, but ultimately had to settle for the Vice-Champion honours despite four race victories and a further eight podiums.

Media Day represented Williams’ second opportunity to test the EcoBoost-powered F4 car following a wet-dry day of running at Snetterton the week before, with the 20-year old ranking ninth in the cumulative timings, just half a second adrift of team-mate Skelton at the front.

Speaking to a record-high press audience at the event, Williams underlined his belief that the F4 British Championship is not only the most competitive series of its kind worldwide, but also highlighted the series’ extensive list of high-profile alumni as key to his decision to move into Ford’s winning formula.

“I think the decision to join the F4 British Championship comes down to three things; it’s competition, prestige and exposure,” explained Williams.

“In terms of prestige, you have the likes of Formula 1 ® drivers such as Lando Norris coming from British F4 and many other professional drivers besides that are doing very well, so I think the competitiveness of this series is immense, it’s definitely why we’re here.

“I think I have the necessary tools that I need to do well in this championship so I’m definitely going to use those, but it does put me in a good place.”

He also admitted the call to join Derbyshire-based outfit JHR came late into winter testing but believes he and Skelton have a strong chance of fighting at the front in 2019.

“It just came down to the last few weeks. JHR gave us a call and said ‘hey, let’s do this deal’, so it’s been a bit of a mad scramble.

“They’re definitely hungry for victories this year – they had Ayrton [Simmons] last year but came up just a little bit short. I think between Josh [Skelton] and I, we have a very good chance of doing well.”

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.

Williams underlined his confidence at the majority of the circuits and expects to quickly make up any gaps in his knowledge at two in particular.

“I’m pretty familiar with most of them, the only ones we haven’t done a lot of testing with are Thruxton and Snetterton, those are the two we need to get up to speed a little bit with, but it should be alright.”

Lastly, he echoed the sentiments of some of his rivals in that consistency is key in order to be in contention for the title heading into the business end of the season.

“In all championships, if you’re a title contender your approach isn’t ‘win or nothing’, every point counts, so if you have a bad race you just have to keep going and getting those points.”

The new season gets underway at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 6th-7th April.