Zagazeta and Bilinski set the pace at Thruxton practice sessions

Matias Zagazeta and Roman Bilinski shared the headlines after posting the quickest times in the two F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost practice sessions held at Thruxton yesterday [8 April].

Ford’s rising stars descended on the high-speed Hampshire circuit, set to host the season-opening triple-header next month, for their final official test sessions of a packed winter schedule.

The sessions – held in lieu of Friday testing at the opening race event – also gave the next generation of racers another opportunity to get better acquainted with the UK’s fastest circuit.

Argenti Motorsport racer Zagazeta, who topped the first official test at Brands Hatch back in early March, posted the quickest time of the morning session – and the day overall – with the Peruvian setting a 1:12.878s.

That put him just under a tenth clear of JHR’s Abbi Pulling, who led the majority of first practice until Zagazeta went quicker on his final run.

Pulling’s team-mate McKenzy Cresswell was third fastest, despite causing a red flag stoppage after an off at Goodwood. Although Cresswell was unhurt, the damage to his car proved too extensive to complete any further running on the day.

Those times stood up after the afternoon’s running, with Bilinski – quickest in FP2 on a 1:13.123s – fourth overall for reigning Teams’ champions Carlin.

His advantage over Fortec Motorsport’s Oliver Gray was just 0.008 seconds, with the Brit having the same in hand over team-mate Joel Granfors behind.

They made up the top three after lunch and took positions fourth through sixth overall.

Carlin pairing Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak and Kai Askey were bookended by Matthew Rees and Joseph Loake in seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth respectively, with Dougie Bolger (Carlin) a further hundredth of a second back.

James Hedley’s spot on the grid for a second season remains unconfirmed, but the Hampshire local posted the 12th quickest time in a Fortec car, clocking up nearly 50 laps on the circuit at which he took all three race victories in 2020.

The remaining two Argenti cars of Marcos Flack and Eduardo Coseteng were next, with the 17-car field completed by Zak Taylor (Arden), Georgi Dimitrov (Richardson) and Thomas Ikin (Arden).

The 2021 season begins back at Thruxton on 08-09 May.

To view full sessions results, click here.

Motul unveiled as official British F4 lubricants partner

Motul has been unveiled as the official lubricants partner to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The agreement, which sees Motul join the series’ highly respected technical team of Neil Brown Engineering and Ford Performance, will see the brand’s high-performance 300V oil used across all race engines during the 2021 season.

Their involvement through official UK distributor Witham Motorsport will add to the championship’s existing infrastructure to ensure technical parity across all cars, putting the focus on driver ability to achieve success.

It marks the latest stage of Motul’s expansion in the UK, and particularly in motorsport after their recent sponsorship of Speedworks Motorsport in the British Touring Car Championship.

Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series, which runs 30 races across 10 events on the high-profile BTCC support package, will kick off the new season at the high-speed Thruxton circuit in Hampshire on 08-09 May.

Sam Roach, Championship Promoter said:

“I’m very pleased to welcome Motul and their UK distributor Witham Motorsport to British F4 and look forward to a successful partnership with them on board as our official lubricants partner.

“We’re very proud of the equalisation process in our championship, and to add a controlled engine oil to that programme will further the great work that both Neil Brown Engineering and Ford Performance currently do to ensure a level playing field for all drivers.”

Richard Scarbrough, Sales Director, Witham Motorsport, said:

“We are immensely proud to have established new ties with British F4 at such an exciting time ahead of the start of the 2021 season.

“We are even more delighted to see that Motul has been chosen as the series’ official lubricant partner.

“This is the first time that Motul will be involved in the series, which does a fantastic job of developing the next generation of motorsport stars, and is a great opportunity for the Motul brand as it continues to expand in the UK.

Wayne Mathurin, Sales & Workshop Manager, Neil Brown Engineering, said:

“Neil Brown Engineering are proud to be associated with Motul and the Witham Group in the supply of the mandated engine oil for the F4 British Championship.

“Motul is a world-renowned lubricant, with a fantastic racing heritage. Given the tight performance window that we have to work with in order to ensure parity across engine performance, it was an easy decision to go with the Motul 5W30 300V.

“In fact, due to the outstanding performance of the Motul range of lubricants, we are currently looking to expand our usage of the range into our machine shop for cutting fluids.”

British F4 hosts official 2021 Season Launch at Silverstone

  • Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series steps up preparations with official Season Launch at Silverstone.
  • Carlin’s Roman Bilinski sets benchmark time; entire 18-car field split by just 0.6 seconds.
  • Ford’s latest generation of rising stars formally unveiled to the world ahead of 2021 season opener on 08-09 May at Thruxton, Hampshire.

The pre-season build-up to the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season continued at Silverstone, Northamptonshire today [27 March] with the series’ official Season Launch.

The trip to the 1.6-mile National circuit at the ‘Home of British Motorsport’ offered the latest intake of Ford-powered rising stars with another chance to rack up valuable winter mileage.

It also afforded an opportunity to formally unveil the ‘Class of 2021’ to the world, with the championship’s official photography, videography and audio teams on-site to capture a range of behind-the-scenes content for fans to enjoy in the coming weeks.

On track, the benchmark time was set by Carlin’s Roman Bilinski, the Polish racer’s best time of 55.616 seconds set in the afternoon session enough to edge out James Hedley, running on the day with Fortec Motorsport, by 0.032s.

Hedley’s time was posted in the final seconds of the day’s running, bumping Argenti’s Eduardo Coseteng and JHR’s McKenzy Cresswell into third and fourth spot respectively.

Matias Zagazeta held the time to beat prior to lunch, and that 55.689 proved enough to keep him in the top five overall, just ahead of Arden Motorsport’s Thomas Ikin.

Abbi Pulling ran consistently inside the top three to begin with but was forced to sit out the afternoon session after an issue with the tub on her car required further inspection from JHR – that dropped her to seventh in the final results.

Zak Taylor was eighth in the other Arden car, with Matthew Rees and Joseph Loake making it all four JHR cars inside the top ten.

Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak was 11th for Carlin, 0.024s ahead of Joel Granfors (Fortec), who in turn was ahead of Kai Askey by the same margin.

Oliver Gray (Fortec) and Marcos Flack (Argenti) were next, with Dougie Bolger (Carlin), Georgi Dimitrov (Richardson) and Nikolas Taylor (Fortec) rounding out the 18-strong field.

Remarkably, the fastest lap time set by all cars was beneath the current qualifying lap record, and the entire field was split by a mere 0.6 seconds.

The next official test for Ford’s rising stars is at Thruxton on 8th April, 2021, before returning to the high-speed Hampshire circuit a month later for the opening round of the new season.

Roman Bilinski (#31) said:

“It’s great to be at the top of the times at the Season Launch, and really shows that the hard work we’ve been putting in together with Carlin over the winter is heading in the right direction.

“Clearly, we’ve found a good place with both the car and in my performance, as our quickest lap today would technically be a new lap record, had it been set on a race weekend. It’s also the fastest lap Carlin have ever clocked around here, something we also managed at Croft a couple of weeks ago.

“Today definitely felt like the start of the countdown to Thruxton, so now we just need to make sure we keep this momentum going over the rest of our testing programme and into the first weekend.”

James Hedley (#67) said:

“We were struggling from the off, obviously we’ve had limited testing, so we were trying experimenting with the car’s setup, trying to tweak it to how I like it.

“Finally, just at the end, we managed to nail the sweet spot thanks to the guys at Fortec and as soon as we got that right, we were bang on the pace. I reckon there was definitely more gas in the tank there.

“It’s great to end the day on such a positive note, so we’ve shown we can do it.

“Hopefully we’ll get a budget together, thank you to Hendy for their continuing support, but obviously we need more, so we’re just really pushing for that. I hope I’ll be on the grid this year fighting for the championship.”

Eduardo Coseteng (#36) said:

“I think the day went quite well, we progressed quite well from the start until the end. We were P2 for the most part of it and competing, and someone just slipped past us at the last minute.

“Overall, it was a really good day, I’m really impressed with the pace we have, especially given that the top two in front of me are second-year drivers, and I’m the top Rookie. Hopefully we can start how we ended today at the next test.

“It was pretty cool to unveil the new livery. The car looks quite good, to be fair, Argenti have done a great job at making the cars look really mint.

“I’d just like to thank a few people; Argenti, for an amazing car and their efforts all day, my parents of course for the support and my sponsors, Petron Corporation and Autoplus PH. ”

McKenzy Cresswell (#16) said:

“We initially struggled a bit after lunch, but we managed to find a setup that worked.

“The final run was a big improvement and I’m pleased to finish so close to the top of the timesheets.

“There’s lots of positives to take away from today, and a big thank you to JHR Developments for all their hard work.”

Sam Roach, Championship Promoter said:

“It’s fantastic to see the ‘Class of 2021’ and their challengers for the 2021 season ahead here at Silverstone today.

“Each and every car looks fantastic, and a quick glance at the timesheets says everything you need to know about how closely-fought this year’s title battle is going to be.

“Each Season Launch always feels like a landmark moment in the build-up to any season, so the countdown to Thruxton really begins today.”

To view the complete classification, click here.

Argenti complete 2021 line up with rising star Eduardo Coseteng

  • Argenti Motorsport complete 2021 trio with addition of 17-year-old Eduardo Coseteng.
  • Karting talent makes history as first driver from The Philippines to enter Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series.
  • Season begins at high-speed Thruxton Circuit on 08-09 May.

Argenti Motorsport have completed their driver line-up for the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with the addition of exciting karting graduate Eduardo Coseteng.

Making the transition to car-racing following a hugely successful karting career, Coseteng will make history this season as the first ever driver from the Philippines to compete in the UK’s premier single-seater series.

Following in the footsteps of his father Jody, a multiple karting and car-racing champion in their homeland, the 17 year old talent burst onto the karting scene with a clean sweep of the Asian Karting Open Championship junior titles in 2017.

A race-winner in the AKOC’s Formula 125 and Senior X30 classes the following year, Coseteng went on to be a front-runner in British, European and World competition, including winning the Macau International Kart Grand Prix in 2019.

The Manila based racer has got his first taste of British F4 in recent months as part of a comprehensive pre-season testing programme with Argenti Motorsport, with some impressive pace earmarking him as one to watch when the season starts in May.

Coseteng joins fellow championship newcomer Marcos Flack (Australia) and second year contender Matias Zagazeta (Peru) in a cosmopolitan line-up for Argenti Motorsport as they embark on their second season in the championship.

“After some great years in karting, I’m excited to be making the move into single-seater racing for the first time this season. British F4 is a brilliant series and I’m looking forward to joining the grid,” said Coseteng.

“I’m pleased to be racing with Argenti Motorsport. They’ve been fantastic with me during our initial tests together, and we’re making some good progress. I can’t wait to get the season started in May. Lakas ng pinoy!”

We’re really pleased to have Eduardo joining Argenti Motorsport this season,” added Team Principal, Michael Meadows.

“He’s got a great karting pedigree and has shown some really impressive pace and progress during his tests with us in recent months.

“We’re delighted with our driver line-up for this season. We’ve got three very quick drivers of different experience levels, and I believe they will work well together. The British F4 grid is looking as competitive as ever for 2021 and we’re excited for the challenge ahead.”

The 2021 F4 British Championship season begins at the high-speed Thruxton in Hampshire over the 08-09 May.

Statement: Amended 2021 calendar

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost can confirm amendments have been made to the 2021 calendar, in line with BTCC organisers TOCA.

Whilst the season opener remains at Thruxton on 08-09 May, the dates for the second and third events – at Snetterton and Brands Hatch (Indy) respectively – have been moved.

Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series will now visit Snetterton’s 300 circuit on 12-13 June, with the meeting at Brands Hatch to take place a fortnight later on 26-27 June.

It is hoped this move will potentially enable spectators to be present trackside at these events, in line with the government’s COVID-19 restrictions at the time.

Regardless, the series will continue to benefit from live, free-to-air ITV coverage at both race weekends.

The rest of the 2021 calendar remains unaffected.

Amended 2021 Calendar:

Date Round(s) Venue
08-09 May 1, 2 & 3 Thruxton, Hampshire
12-13 June 4, 5 & 6 Snetterton, Norfolk
26-27 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

Thai rising star Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak confirms 2021 Carlin seat

  • F4 UAE front-runner confirms British F4 seat at Carlin for upcoming 2021 season.
  • Inthraphuvasak – ‘Tern’ to his new team-mates – joins Kai Askey, Dougie Bolger and Roman Bilinski at reigning Teams’ champions.
  • New season begins at high-speed Thruxton, Hampshire, on 8th-9th May.

Carlin have confirmed Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak will complete their line-up for the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season.

The Thai racer – ‘Tern’ to his new team-mates – joins the reigning Teams’ champions after a successful start to the year in F4 UAE, claiming three podiums and running consistently at the front of the field en route to fifth in the standings.

That followed a successful career in karting, and Inthraphuvasak has prepared extensively for his debut season in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series with the Farnham-based squad over the winter months, as well as racing in eSports during the 2020 season.

He joins previously announced team-mates Kai Askey, Dougie Bolger and Roman Bilinski as Carlin confirm a full capacity, four-car line-up for the campaign ahead.

Inthraphuvasak will now benefit from British F4’s unrivalled platform as he embarks on his next steps on the FIA Single Seater pyramid, including live, free-to-air ITV television coverage and an expected capacity trackside crowd when restrictions allow.

The new season begins at the high-speed Thruxton circuit in Hampshire on the 8th-9th May.

“I’m very excited to be racing with Carlin this year in the F4 British Championship,” said Inthraphuvasak.

“I know I will learn a lot over the coming season and that I have a great team around me to help push me.

“I really enjoyed starting the season in the F4 UAE Championship and know I already have a lot more experience than I did a few months ago.

“There will be lots to learn this year for example all of the circuits are new to me, but we will work together to be in the best shape possible for the start of the season. I can’t wait to get racing again.”

Team Principal Trevor Carlin expressed his delight at welcoming Inthraphuvasak into the fold and believes his experience in F4 over the winter period will help kick off his development for the season ahead on the front foot.

“We’re delighted to welcome Tern to the team,” said Carlin.

“It’s wonderful that once again the F4 British Championship is attracting drivers from outside the UK and outside Europe. It is the perfect environment for young drivers across the world to learn their craft and gain a huge amount of track time on a variety of circuits.

“Tern and his management are pushing to get as much track time as possible and his participation in the F4 UAE Championship will no doubt have helped him develop and improve his race craft.  We look forward to working with him over the coming season.”

New benchmark for pacesetter Zagazeta in second session

Argenti Motorsport’s Matias Zagazeta topped the timesheets once again in the second F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost test session of the day at Brands Hatch.

This time, the Peruvian lowered the benchmark marginally, with a 45.734 on the best of his 73 laps of the 1.16-mile Indy circuit after the lunch break. That put him two tenths clear of JHR’s Abbi Pulling, who joined Zagazeta as the only other driver to break the 45-second barrier.

The third and fourth-quickest times for Marcos Flack (Argenti) and McKenzy Cresswell (JHR) respectively concluded a solid day for the pair, with Tsanapol Inthraphuvasak rounding out the top five in the leading Carlin challenger.

Team mate Roman Bilinski was close, however, just 0.012 seconds adrift in sixth, and a further tenth clear of Matthew Rees (JHR) in seventh.

James Hedley (Fortec) improved to eighth after the lunch break, whilst Dougie Bolger (Carlin) made it a brace of top-ten showings in ninth.

JHR’s Joseph Loake enjoyed a better run following an engine change after an off at Graham Hill in the morning, and clocked the 11th fastest time, half a tenth shy of Joel Granfors ahead.

Oliver Gray (Fortec), Richardson’s Georgi Dimitrov, Carlin’s Kai Askey and Arden Motorsport pairing Zak Taylor and Thomas Ikin concluded the top 16 runners – all within a second of the benchmark time – with Eduardo Coseteng just a tenth further back on a highly-competitive day across the board.

The next official test day takes place at the Season Launch at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, on Saturday 27th March.

Session Result – PM Test

Pos. Name Team Time Laps
1 Matias ZAGAZETA Argenti Motorsport 45.734s 73
2 Abbi PULLING JHR Developments +0.229s 82
3 Marcos FLACK Argenti Motorsport +0.350s 71
4 McKenzy CRESSWELL JHR Developments +0.502s 99
5 Tasanapol INTHRAPHUVASAK Carlin +0.504s 71
6 Roman BILINSKI Carlin +0.516s 66
7 Matthew REES JHR Developments +0.657s 69
8 James HEDLEY Fortec Motorsport +0.663s 86
9 Dougie BOLGER Carlin +0.748s 68
10 Joel GRANFORS Fortec Motorsport +0.766s 76
11 Joseph LOAKE JHR Developments +0.819s 74
12 Oliver GRAY Fortec Motorsport +0.840s 75
13 Georgi DIMITROV Richardson Racing +0.874s 84
14 Kai ASKEY Carlin +0.880s 69
15 Zak TAYLOR Arden Motorsport +0.941s 66
16 Thomas IKIN Arden Motorsport +0.995s 95
17 Eduardo COSETENG Argenti Motorsport +1.120s 75

Argenti Motorsport and Zagazeta lead the way in morning session

Argenti Motorsport’s Matias Zagazeta set the pace during the morning session at the first official F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost test of pre-season.

The Peruvian – back for a second season in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series – clocked a best time of 46.093 seconds out of 101 laps around the 1.16-mile Indy circuit, narrowly pipping team-mate Marcos Flack by just 0.069s.

Flack’s time was a late improvement, the Australian recovering well from a trip into the gravel at Paddock Hill earlier in the session to take second spot inside the final ten minutes of the session.

Erstwhile pacesetter Abbi Pulling was third fastest at the flag, just clear of fellow JHR racer McKenzy Cresswell.

Eduardo Coseteng’s fifth place ensured Argenti and JHR locked out a top five split by less than two tenths of a second, with Roman Bilinski sixth in the leading Carlin.

Just 0.012 seconds split Bilinski from fellow Carlin runner Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak, with Joel Granfors (Fortec), Matthew Rees (JHR) and Dougie Bolger (Carlin) completing the top ten fastest runners.

Arden’s new charges Thomas Ikin and Zak Taylor were 11th and 14th respectively, the pair split by the final Carlin car of Kai Askey and Fortec’s Oliver Gray.

Multiple race winner James Hedley was 15th, with Georgi Dimitrov – driving for returnee outfit Richardson Racing – 16th. JHR’s Joseph Loake rounded out the field, but with substantially less running than the rest of the field.

The test concludes with the afternoon session, which is scheduled to get underway at 14:00. Live timing can be viewed here.

Session Result – AM

Pos. Name Team Time Laps
1 Matias ZAGAZETA Argenti Motorsport 46.093s 101
2 Marcos FLACK Argenti Motorsport +0.069s 66
3 Abbi PULLING JHR Developments +0.084s 106
4 McKenzy CRESSWELL JHR Developments +0.180s 108
5 Eduardo COSETENG Argenti Motorsport +0.186s 102
6 Roman BILINSKI Carlin +0.245s 99
7 Tasanapol INTHRAPHUVASAK Carlin +0.257s 98
8 Joel GRANFORS Fortec Motorsport +0.272s 113
9 Matthew REES JHR Developments +0.326s 117
10 Dougie BOLGER Carlin +0.434 114
11 Thomas IKIN Arden Motorsport +0.522s 112
12 Kai ASKEY Carlin +0.554s 117
13 Oliver GRAY Fortec Motorsport +0.596s 88
14 Zak TAYLOR Arden Motorsport +0.602s 108
15 James HEDLEY Fortec Motorsport +0.716s 85
16 Georgi DIMITROV Richardson Racing +0.797s 105
17 Joseph LOAKE JHR Developments +1.915s 17

Karting star Oliver Gray confirms Fortec seat for 2021 season

  • Highly rated British karting star Oliver Gray joins reigning champions Fortec for 2021.
  • The teenager from Surrey takes first steps on FIA Single Seater pathway in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series.
  • Gray joins previously announced Joel Granfors at Daventry team, with season set to begin at Thruxton on 8th-9th May.

Fortec Motorsport have confirmed highly-rated international karting driver Oliver Gray will join their ranks for the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season.

The 15-year-old from Chipstead joins the reigning champions in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series after a very successful career in karting, which includes multiple MSUK British titles at the X30 Junior level and vice-champion honours in the IAME Euro Series in 2019.

In 2020, Gray ran under the colours of Ferrari F1 star Charles Leclerc for Leclerc by Lennox Racing in Europe’s OK class, recording an impressive all heats and final victory in the WSK Euro Series in Sarno, together with numerous top ten finishes.

Now, Gray will take his first steps on the FIA Single Seater pyramid, joining the previously announced Joel Granfors at Richard Dutton’s front-running outfit.

In switching to British F4, Gray will benefit from an unrivalled platform at this level of the sport on which to make his mark, with live, free-to-air television coverage on ITV4, and an expected capacity trackside crowd once restrictions allow.

The season – which takes in 30 races at 10 events on the UK’s most challenging and iconic circuits – begins at the high-speed Thruxton in Hampshire on 8th-9th May.

“I’m delighted to become part of the Fortec family in 2021,” said Gray.

“After a successful karting career, I recognise I’ve a lot to learn in single seaters but I’m confident I can learn quickly and together we can go for the Championship again.

“I have been warmly welcomed by Oliver and his father Richard and after a few days testing we are progressing quickly.

“I’m looking forward to the first race in May!”

Fortec’s F4 Team Manager Oliver Dutton expressed his delight at securing Gray’s services for the season ahead and looks forward to monitoring his new protegee’s progress.

“Everybody at Fortec Motorsport is delighted to welcome Oliver into the family,” said Dutton.

“We’ve been monitoring his progress through the karting ranks for a while now, and when the opportunity arose to test him in our F4 car, he impressed us right from the off.

“It’s always a tough championship to win, and running at the front consistently is very challenging, but we believe Oliver has all the right ingredients to hit the ground running and enjoy a successful season ahead.”

Fiesta Junior champion Joseph Loake confirms 2021 JHR seat

  • BRSCC Fiesta Junior champion Loake joins front-running JHR outfit in F4.
  • Loake joins Abbi Pulling, McKenzy Cresswell and Matthew Rees as Steven Hunter’s outfit confirms capacity four-car line-up.
  • Season starts at high-speed Thruxton on 8th-9th May, where JHR have a perfect record – six wins from the last six – in recent times.

JHR Developments have confirmed that Fiesta Junior champion Joseph Loake will complete their line up for the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season.

The 15-year-old makes the switch to single seaters in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series following an impressive two-year stint in the BRSCC’s highly competitive tin-top category.

Following a run to the vice-champion spot in 2019, taking five wins and a further five trips to the podium in the process, Loake returned to seal an emphatic championship title last season, with a perfect run of eight victories from as many starts.

That, coupled with a successful background in karting, marked Loake out as ‘one to watch’ as he began testing with Derbyshire-based JHR, and represented Steven Hunter’s team in the recent iRacing Trophy.

He joins new team-mates Abbi Pulling, McKenzy Cresswell and Matthew Rees as JHR confirm a full capacity, four-car entry for the 2021 season ahead.

“We have come from a very strong 2020 where we won every race, so we are hoping to bring that momentum with us into this year, but we won’t know where we are until we get to round one,” said Loake.

“We’ll be doing lots of testing in the run up to the start of the season, so hopefully we can be up the front straight off the bat.

“I have driven the F4 car at Snetterton back in November, which was promising as we weren’t far off the times people did in qualifying earlier in the year.

“I found the car very comfortable, despite being very different to the Fiesta with downforce and a lower centre of gravity, so I just need to work on changing some habits I learnt last year, where you throw the car into the corners.”

JHR Team Principal Steven Hunter welcomed Loake to the fold and is excited to get out on track and prove what his outfit can achieve in the season ahead.

“We are really happy to welcome Joseph to the team for his first foray into single seaters,” said Hunter.

“His performances in the Fiesta Junior Championship were really impressive, going right back to his first handful of races when he was challenging for podiums and wins.

“We had two great days with him in the car at Snetterton towards the end of last year and we are excited to get him back behind the wheel as we start to focus on the start of the F4 season at Thruxton.

“We have an impressive line-up of drivers this year and really just want to get out there and show what we can do.”

The 2021 season begins at the high-speed Thruxton in Hampshire on the 8th-9th May, where JHR have a perfect record – six victories from the last six – in recent times.