Battle it out on track against motorsport’s brightest young stars for less than £100,000 in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup.
Challenge Cup drivers compete in a maximum of seven of the 10 championship meetings, with both the Knockhill meeting and the season finale at Brands Hatch being mandatory. Drivers are able to nominate the other five meetings they wish to take part in.
There is no restriction on which teams can enter but all teams will be required to adhere to the F4 British Championship’s four car limit.
All technical regulations for Friday official test days and race weekends are identical for both the Championship and Challenge Cup classes – including tyre limits – so as to ensure a level playing field.
A lucrative array of prizes are on offer to Challenge Cup entrants thanks to a £10,000 prize fund courtesy of Ford Motor Company. At each meeting £250 will be awarded to the driver who gains the most places in race one from their grid position; a further £250 will be awarded to the Challenge Cup winner in race two and £500 will be available to the Challenge Cup winner in the final race of the weekend.
As well as a dedicated Challenge Cup podium at each round, there will also be a prize of £5,000 available to the first Challenge Cup driver who wins a race overall.
Championship organisers have left the door open to Challenge Cup drivers turning their efforts to an assault on the overall championship, as they will be eligible to score championship points throughout the season.
To enhance affordability, the registration fees for Challenge Cup drivers are reduced to £2,000 (ex. VAT). £500 less than the championship class. In addition, a full year’s entry to all races is £8,000 (ex. VAT); £3,000 less than the championship class.
A testing ban commences from 21 December 2016 until 31 January 2017. From 1 February until the season opener at Brands Hatch (Indy), both Championship class and Challenge Cup drivers are permitted to undertake open, unregulated testing with no limits on mileage or location.
Following the first race weekend, Challenge Cup drivers are only be permitted to test on the official test days associated with their chosen seven meetings. In addition to this, drivers are be able to choose a further seven days of testing from the championship’s ‘official organised’ test days during the season.
These additional days of testing are made available to Challenge Cup entrants on a pro-rata basis, so if a driver were to only compete at five meetings, they would only be allowed to take part in the five associated official tests and five ‘official organised’ test days.
For those looking to enter and find out more about the Ford F4 Challenge Cup please contact Championship Coordinator Eve Lake-Grange.