Statement: Amended 2021 calendar

  • Amended 2021 calendar announced in line with BTCC organisers TOCA.
  • Series retains 10-event, 30-race schedule with live, free-to-air ITV coverage.
  • Thruxton now hosts season opener on 08-09 May.

An amended calendar has been unveiled for the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been taken to move the start of the season to Thruxton, Hampshire, on 08-09 May.

Snetterton will then host the second event one week later on 15-16 May, before the series heads to Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit on 12-13 June.

After a seven-week summer break, the series then resumes at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire on 31 July – 01 August, before the annual visit to Knockhill, Scotland a fortnight later.

A repeat visit to Thruxton kicks off the second half of the campaign on 28-29 August, before a double header at Croft and Silverstone in mid and late September respectively.

The season concludes with events at Donington Park and Brands Hatch’s iconic GP circuit in October.

Despite the delay, the series will still be contested over a full 10-event, 30-race calendar on the British Touring Car Championship support package with live, free-to-air coverage on ITV4.

Amended 2021 Calendar:

Date Round(s) Venue
08-09 May 1, 2 & 3 Thruxton, Hampshire
15-16 May 4, 5 & 6 Snetterton, Norfolk
12-13 June 7, 8 & 9 Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
31 July – 01 August 10, 11 & 12 Oulton Park, Cheshire
14-15 August 13, 14 & 15 Knockhill, Fife
28-29 August 16, 17 & 18 Thruxton, Hampshire
18-19 September 19, 20 & 21 Croft, Yorkshire
25-26 September 22, 23 & 24 Silverstone, Northants
09-10 October 25, 26 & 27 Donington Park, Leicestershire
23-24 October 28, 29 & 30 Brands Hatch (GP), Kent

British F4 announces format changes ahead of 2021 season

  • Reverse grid race expanded to entire field, based on qualifying times.
  • Points system for new format awarded on a sliding scale from first to eighth.
  • Fastest lap in each race now awarded with a bonus point.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost is pleased to announce a number of format changes ahead of the 2021 season.

Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series will once again take in 30 action-packed races at nine circuits around the UK as part of the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support package.

The second race at each of those events will now feature a fully reversed grid based on driver’s times from qualifying, rather than 50% of the classified finishers from race one under the previous system.

Points for the reverse grid race under the new format will be awarded down to eighth place on a sliding scale (15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1).

Races one and three – the grids for which are formed based on a driver’s fastest and second-fastest times in qualifying – will retain the same FIA points system as before.

In addition to these changes, a point will now be awarded for the fastest lap of the race in all three races across the weekend.

“I’m pleased to unveil a number of changes to our event format for the 2021 season,” commented Sam Roach, Championship Promoter.

“Our regulations have remained stable for over half a decade now, which is a real testament to how well the format has been received and – more importantly – worked in practice.

“However, we feel the time is right to shake things up a little bit for 2021, incorporating feedback from our teams, and I’m confident the changes will only add to the fantastic on-track action we’ve become globally renowned for at this level.

“The changes to the reverse grid race give drivers at both ends of the grid a real opportunity to hone their race craft, practice attacking and defending and really put in a shift to bring home the results they need, wherever in the standings they may be.

“As the first step on the FIA Single Seater ladder, driver development is one of our key objectives and these initiatives tick all the boxes to help that process.

“Generally speaking, grid numbers are looking really positive, both announced publicly and still in the pipeline, and it’s full steam ahead for our team now as we prepare for our season opener in April.”

Matias Zagazeta secures 2021 return with Argenti Motorsport

  • Peruvian rising star moves to Argenti Motorsport for 2021 title bid.
  • Driver and team looking to build on strong debut seasons in FIA Formula 4 last year.
  • Zagazeta joins Marcos Flack at Michael Meadows’ outfit.

Matias Zagazeta will return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost in 2021 after agreeing a deal to switch to Argenti Motorsport.

The Peruvian impressed on his maiden campaign in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series – his first in car racing – and was a force to be reckoned with in the Rookie Cup, claiming 14 class podiums, including a pair of victories.

In the outright stakes, the 16-year-old also cemented his credentials as a star of the future, taking ten points finishes in a highly competitive field, including two top-six results.

Prior to F4, Zagazeta’s CV also includes an impressive stint in karting at both domestic and international level.

The switch to Argenti for his sophomore season marks an important step for both driver and team, as Zagazeta looks to translate the experience gained from his rookie year into a title bid, and Argenti look to build on a strong debut campaign in the championship.

The team, led by former single seater and GT star Michael Meadows, took a brace of victories and equalled the record for consecutive podium finishes in their maiden assault on the series, and will look to build on those foundations in 2021.

Zagazeta joins the already-announced Marcos Flack at the team.

“I’m really looking forward to my second season in British F4,” commented Zagazeta.

“I’m very confident with myself and the team, and everything is working out nicely. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I will give everything on and off track to fight for the championship.”

Team Manager Michael Meadows expressed his delight at securing Zagazeta’s services for 2021 and believes the partnership will push both parties to new heights this season.

“We’re delighted to welcome Matias to Argenti Motorsport for the 2021 F4 British Championship,” said Meadows.

“As a team, we’re pushing to improve upon our performance last season and Matias is a driver who can help us achieve that.

“Matias established himself very well in the championship last season and showed signs of huge potential. Our job now is to nurture that talent and after some promising runs in testing with us, we’re confident we can help push him to the front of the grid.”

The 2021 F4 British Championship season will begin at Brands Hatch (Indy) over the weekend of 03-04 April.

Argenti Motorsport confirm Aussie rising star Marcos Flack for 2021

  • Australian karting star makes single seater switch with Argenti Motorsport
  • Ferrari Driver Academy shootout finalist set to tackle Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series in 2021.
  • Driver and team both excited as Argenti target further headlines in second season of competition.

Argenti Motorsport have officially confirmed Australian rising star Marcos Flack will join their line-up for the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season.

Flack makes his graduation into single seaters in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series on the back of a successful career in karting at domestic and international level, and recently reached the world final of Ferrari Driver Academy’s scouting programme.

The 14-year-old also impressed on selected testing outings for Argenti – multiple race-winners and podium regulars after just one season on the grid at this level – towards the end of the 2020 campaign.

Flack’s experience means he will also be eligible to compete for Rookie Cup honours and will undoubtedly prove to be an asset as Argenti target a Teams’ Championship.

Choosing British F4 for a full-season campaign means Flack’s career will now benefit from the series’ slot on the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support package.

That means live, free-to-air television coverage via ITV4 and capacity trackside crowds when COVID-19 restrictions allow, as well as putting Flack in the spotlight on the series’ well- publicised digital channels to aid his rise through the ranks.

“I’m really excited to confirm I’ll be racing for Argenti Motorsport in the F4 British Championship this season,” said Flack.

“Testing with the team has been really positive; I’ve enjoyed driving the car and starting to learn some of the UK circuits.

“It’s an excellent championship, and the perfect place for me to make the step up into single seaters. It’s important to make a mark at this level, like many of the previous drivers have done, so I’ll be aiming to do the same.

“I can’t wait to get going, and I’m very excited about what the season ahead will bring.”

Team Principal Michael Meadows echoed Flack’s sentiments and is looking forward to a strong start to their partnership.

“It’s great to have Marcos unveiled as an Argenti Motorsport driver for 2021,” said Meadows.

“There’s no doubt he’s a serious talent, his performances in testing last year were very impressive, he’s clearly got a bright future ahead of him and we’re excited to play a role in his development.

“Our first season in British F4 was good – we won races, took podium finishes at every meeting bar one and had all three cars regularly mixing it in the top ten.

“There is always more to be done, we are pushing to make the small gains, and I’m confident Marcos will prove an asset to the team as we continue that push forward.”

The 2021 season will get underway at Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit on 03-04 April.

JHR unveil McKenzy Cresswell as first signing for 2021 season

  • British karter graduates to British F4 with race winning JHR Developments outfit.
  • Cresswell impresses following testing and aims to hit the ground running.
  • Further announcements on rest of Derbyshire-based team’s line-up expected in due course.
  • 2021 season begins at Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit on 03-04 April.

JHR Developments have unveiled karting graduate McKenzy Cresswell as their first signing for the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season.

Cresswell makes the switch to Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series off the back of a successful rise through the karting ranks, most recently in Junior Rotax at both British and European level.

The 14-year-old, born in the UK and raised in Austin, Texas, has also mixed in testing appearances for Steven Hunter’s Derbyshire-based outfit, lapping competitively alongside the 2020 grid on official test days towards the back end of last campaign.

The move marks Cresswell’s first steps on the FIA Single Seater pyramid and ensures his career will scale new heights in the media spotlight, with live, free-to-air television coverage on ITV4 as part of the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support package.

“This is a great opportunity for me to show what I’ve got in the very competitive F4 British Championship, as ever since I moved to the UK it has been a dream of mine to race in this prestigious series,” said Cresswell on the news.

“JHR Developments has made me feel right at home. I’m proud to be racing for a team with such a long history of success in F4 and very grateful for the opportunity.”

Ahead of his first campaign in single seaters, Cresswell paid tribute to the team at iZone Performance for helping him scale new heights in preparation for his debut.

“Being a rookie straight out of karts, there’s a lot to learn, but winter testing has gone better than I expected,” explained Cresswell.

“I spent a lot of time training with iZone Performance during the summer lockdown, which prepared me well for the switch to single seaters.”

Team Principal Hunter expressed his delight at securing Cresswell’s services for 2021 and is looking forward to a successful partnership together.

“We are really happy to welcome McKenzy to the team as he begins his journey in single seaters,” said Hunter.

“We were impressed with his performances in karts and he has followed that up by showing pace and maturity when testing the F4 British Championship car as well.

“We are looking forward to working with him for the full season in 2021 and helping him to reach his goals.

“With an established, race-winning pedigree in F4 and F3, JHR Developments is the ideal place for young racers like McKenzy to progress through the ranks and demonstrate what they can do.”

Further announcements on the remainder of JHR’s 2021 driver line-up are expected in due course.

The 2021 British F4 season gets underway at Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit on 03-04 April.

Thomas Ikin joins British F4 for 2021 with Arden Motorsport

Arden Motorsport have announced Thomas Ikin will graduate to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost for the 2021 season.

The 17-year-old from Wirral, UK makes the switch to Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series from karting after extensive preparation with the Arden-affiliated Young Racing Driver Academy (YRDA).

His past experience means he will also be eligible to compete for Rookie Cup honours, with Ikin’s sights set firmly on silverware in his first season of single seater racing.

He will partner the already-announced Zak Taylor at the Banbury team, with further announcements set to follow in due course.

Ikin’s graduation to British F4 means he will share in the spotlight on the high-profile British Touring Car Championship, which benefits from capacity trackside crowds in normal times, as well as live, free-to-air television coverage on ITV4.

After a busy winter of testing, Ikin’s first competitive action will be the 2021 season opener at Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent on 03-04 April.

“I am very pleased to be racing with Arden in British F4 for the 2021 season,” said Ikin.

“After 18 months of working with YRDA, it is a great feeling to finally be able to put into practice all of my training, both in and out of the simulator, with Steve Hutchinson and Chris Ray and progress into the Formula 4 team.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the team so far over the tests I’ve completed,” he continued.

“They have helped me learn and progress a lot, and I feel very much at home here. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together next year.”

Arden’s Team Principal Garry Horner was pleased to secure Ikin’s services for 2021 and is looking forward to following his progress.

“We are delighted that Thomas will be joining Arden’s F4 team for the 2021 Championship and look forward to seeing him put in some strong rookie performances,” said Horner.

“It is good to see another driver graduating into single seaters from our Young Racing Driver Academy.”

British F4 iRacing Trophy returns for second season in 2021

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will renew its popular iRacing Trophy for a second season in early 2021.

After a well-received first foray into the world of online sim racing during the first COVID-19 lockdown, Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series will once again take the on-track battles into the digital world with broadcast partners Yearone TV.

The virtual season, which will comprise eight races across four events during January and early February next year, will once again feature some of Ford’s rising stars past and present duking it out for the crown.

Every event will comprise practice, qualifying and two races – the second of which will feature a fully reversed grid – with fans set to watch the entire campaign live and free-to-air on the British F4 YouTube channel and social media platforms.

As in season one, the broadcast team will be fronted by leading UK commentator Andy McEwan, with a whole host of guests set to put on a superb show for fans at home as the winter nights roll in.

And, for the first time, the series will also open its doors to the ever-expanding sim racing community, with the addition of a brand-new class for sim drivers with an iRating above 2,000.

In order to qualify for entry to the iRacing Trophy, real-world drivers will need to have a minimum of six race starts (equivalent to two complete race meetings) in the F4 British Championship on their CV from 2015 onwards.

Drivers in the PRO class for those real-world competitors will be put into teams at a later date, whilst PRO-SIM entries must apply for entry as a team of three in the first instance.

All drivers in the team will need to meet the minimum entry criteria.

The two classes will share the same grids, but score points separately towards their own respective championships, with a shared Teams Championship across the two divisions.

The prize structure has been accordingly expanded to reflect the new format, with the Drivers Champion in both classes set to have the entry fee waived for any round of the real-world 2021 season on the British Touring Car Championship support package of their choosing.

A capacity grid is expected for the season opener, with application details for drivers wishing to enter in either of the two classes to follow in due course.

“We’re delighted to bring back the iRacing Trophy for a second season,” commented F4 British Championship Promoter, Sam Roach.

“Lockdown was a challenging time for us all, but it presented us with a fantastic opportunity to finally explore our options to expand into eSports.

“Needless to say, it was very successful – but we don’t want to just do the same thing again!

“We had lots of enquiries from the sim racing community last time around, and I’m pleased to say we’ll now be able to accommodate a number of them on the grid for season two.

“We’ve also matched the prize structure for the real-world drivers in the brand-new class for sim drivers, so there should be plenty of incentive for everyone to get stuck in when the season begins in January!”

Provisional Calendar:

Mon 11th January – Donington Park (National)

Mon 18th January – Snetterton (300)

Mon 25th January – Silverstone (GP)

Mon 1st February – Brands Hatch (GP)

Zak Taylor joins Arden Motorsport’s Red Arrows for 2021

Zak Taylor will graduate into the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost for the 2021 season with leading outfit Arden Motorsport.

The 17-year old impressed in the Ginetta Junior Championship this past campaign, scoring a maiden podium in the highly-competitive tin-top series as well as consistently running up at the front in a single-car outfit for Alistair Rushforth Motorsport.

That followed a solid career in karting, with Taylor competing regularly at national level, latterly Junior TKM.

He will be aiming to put his knowledge and familiarity with the UK’s notoriously challenging circuits to good use and make a similarly strong start to life in single seaters when the 2021 campaign gets underway at Brands Hatch next April.

Remaining on the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support package will also mean Taylor continues to benefit from live, free-to-air television coverage on ITV4, giving him the perfect platform to keep raising his profile.

Taylor’s team-mates at Banbury-based Arden for next season will be revealed in due course.

“I am very excited to be racing with Arden Motorsport in British F4 for the 2021 season,” commented Taylor on the news.

“Following a successful test in the car earlier this year, I already feel I am very much part of the team and cannot wait to get preparations underway.

“Arden has a long and successful tradition in motorsport, and I am looking forward to the challenges that are ahead with such a great team behind me.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for me to develop my skills during my first season in single seaters and to progress in the future with Arden Motorsport.”

Both Arden’s Team Principal, Garry Horner and F4 Team Manager, Gary Ward, expressed their delight at securing Taylor’s services for the season ahead.

“We are delighted that Zak will be racing with Arden in the 2021 British F4 Championship,” said Horner.

“The experience that Zak has gained in the Ginetta Junior Championship this year will provide him with a strong platform for his transition to F4.

“Zak has already impressed us with his commitment, professionalism and maturity on and off track and we look forward to enjoying a successful season together.”

“It’s fantastic to have Zak on board for the 2021 British F4 season,” echoed Ward.

“We’ve been monitoring his progress through the junior categories and we’ve been very impressed. He’s excellent to work with, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”

Mansell hails “amazing achievement” after securing Rookie title

Christian Mansell paid tribute to his Carlin team after wrapping up the Rookie Cup title at last weekend’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title decider at Brands Hatch.

Mansell, the latest Australian rising star to make their way through Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series, widely impressed in his first full season of single seater racing, scoring a phenomenal 14 class victories – and a further 9 podiums – from 26 races to be crowned the 2020 Rookie Cup winner.

The 15-year old Carlin racer’s form in the outright championship has also helped put Mansell on the map as ‘one to watch’, taking an outright victory at Brands Hatch back in August, plus a further four outright visits to the podium.

Three of those came at last weekends season finale, Mansell managing the tricky conditions across the triple-header to end his first campaign in car racing on a high.

“What a weekend! To be on the overall podium in every race, take all three wins in the Rookie Cup and wrap up the title is just phenomenal – I’m super happy!,” said Mansell.

“This year was always going to be a learning year as it was my first in cars but to have achieved what we have done is just amazing and a real testament to how hard we’ve worked.

“I’ve learnt so much about the car and the tracks this year, and I couldn’t be happier. I have to say a huge thank you to everyone at British F4, Carlin, my sponsors and my family – without them this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Event review: Browning narrowly seals title at Brands finale

  • Fortec racer Browning crowned champion in dramatic circumstances in rain-soaked season finale at Brands Hatch.
  • O’Sullivan adds ninth victory of 2020, but misses out on title by just four points.
  • Connor back amongst the wins; Rookie champion Mansell and Pulling add to respective podium tallies.
  • Carlin bag Teams Cup title to boost trophy cabinet back at base in Farnham.

Half a point in a dramatic, rain-shortened final round proved enough to secure the 2020 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title for Luke Browning at Brands Hatch last weekend [14-15 November].

Browning arrived at the 1.19-mile circuit level on points with chief rival Zak O’Sullivan, their battle atop the standings reflected in an equally thrilling dice for the Teams Cup honours between their Fortec and Carlin outfits respectively.

It would be Browning that won the all-important qualifying shootout to take pole position, but with O’Sullivan for company on the front row for races one and three, the stage was set for a thrilling end to the campaign in front of an ITV4 audience.

Browning struck first, soaking up race-long pressure from O’Sullivan to win the opening race of the weekend by half a second and open up a slender 7-point advantage at the championship summit.

Although O’Sullivan finished second on the road ahead of Browning in the partially-reversed grid encounter on Sunday morning, a post-race penalty for passing team-mate Christian Mansell under yellow flags dropped him back behind Browning and the Australian, increasing the deficit to 16 markers.

That set the stage for a one-race shootout for the crown, and it certainly lived up to the billing.

O’Sullivan made the best start, rocketing around the outside of Browning into Paddock Hill Bend on the opening lap, the Fortec racer then slipping to third behind JHR’s James Hedley at Druids.

All three leaders ran wide, however, on oil at Clearways at the end of the first tour, with Browning spinning to the rear of the field, and O’Sullivan skating through the gravel before re-joining fourth.

He duly set about recovering lost ground and re-took the lead from Mansell down the main straight at the end of lap eight, with Browning climbing back to the foot of the top ten; as it stood, the title would be heading to O’Sullivan – but the most dramatic twist was still to come.

With the race approaching half-distance, a heavy rain shower soaked the circuit, bringing out the red flags on safety grounds with the entire field on slick-shod tyres.

Given the confinements of the TV schedule, and the dwindling daylight hours, the decision was taken to call the race result, and as the regulations state a minimum of 75% race distance must be completed to qualify a race for full points, half points were duly awarded.

That, crucially, tipped the scales back in Browning’s favour and secured him Britain’s FIA Formula 4 title by a narrow four-point margin.

O’Sullivan’s Carlin team will take some comfort, however, in winning both the Rookie and Teams titles, adding to the Farnham-based outfit’s strong record in recent years.

Alongside a captivating conclusion to the 2020 title fight, a whole host of feel-good stories brought down the curtain on another superb year for Ford’s rising stars.

Alex Connor (Arden) made it three different winners across as many races, notching up a third visit to the top step of the podium in the second race.

A bold move to the inside at Paddock gave the Brit the inside line over team-mate Frederick Lubin, and he duly extended his advantage to some 0.9 seconds by the chequered flag.

His efforts went a long way to cementing fourth overall in the standings, behind Argenti’s Casper Stevenson, the Argenti racer salvaging a double points finish from an off weekend to round out the campaign.

JHR’s Abbi Pulling added yet another podium finish to her CV, taking the final spot on the rostrum in that rain-soaked finale.

Pulling also became the latest recipient of the prestigious JTR Award, recognising her efforts, professionalism and attitude during her debut season in single seaters.

Team-mate Hedley had speed, if not luck, on his side – an oversteer moment whilst running side-by-side with Fortec’s Roberto Faria on the run through Paddock ended in contact, with both cars turned around, an incident for which Hedley was later penalised 10 seconds.

Fifth in race two proved to be the highlight, before that oil slick curtailed his podium challenge in the season finale, but the BRDC Rising Star has every reason to hold his head high after a promising maiden campaign.

Ditto Mansell, the latest Aussie rising star to grace the series bagging a sublime podium hat-trick – plus the Rookie title – to end the year on a high note.

Brands Hatch has been a happy hunting ground for him; the last visit in August yielded his maiden win, and the 15 year-old looked at home running at the front this time around too.

His results – third, third again and then second – also enabled him to leapfrog Arden’s Roman Bilinski for seventh outright in the standings at the last.

Bilinski added another hat-trick of points finishes to his tally, his efforts helping Arden leapfrog JHR for third spot in the Teams’ standings.

Despite missing out on the Rookie title to Mansell, the final ‘Red Arrow’ – Frederick Lubin – showcased how far he’s come in his debut season, claiming another three top-six finishes to seize ninth outright.

Argenti’s Reema Juffali and the final Carlin challenger of Matias Zagazeta both added another ninth-placed finish apiece to their tallies, the latter also taking a brace of Rookie podiums as the curtain fell on 2020.

With another action-packed season consigned to the history books, the F4 British Championship now looks ahead to the start of the 2021 campaign, back at Brands Hatch on 03-04 April.

Luke Browning said:
“I can’t describe the emotions I’m going through – it’s incredible to win the British Formula 4 title, and I’m absolutely ecstatic. It’s been a challenging year, the level of competition has been superb, so to come out on top is very satisfying.

“I thought I’d lost it, in that final race. There was some oil down on the last corner, and I had to floor it to keep the car from beaching in the gravel, otherwise I knew my race would have been over. From that point, I was just trying to recover as high as I could to try and get where I needed to be to take the title.

“When the rain came down and the race was red-flagged, I thought that was it. I felt like I was at the bottom of the world, I went back to the awning thinking I’d finished runner-up, but then one of the guys came back and told me it was half points, and that we’d done it.

“I can’t begin to explain the emotions I went through in that moment, but it’s been a day – and a season – I’ll always keep close to me, and a huge thanks to the entire team at Fortec Motorsport.

“They’ve prepared a fantastic car for me, week in, week out, and brought me on so much as a driver across the year. If you’re looking for a winning environment, it doesn’t get much better than this!”