F4 British Championship announces inaugural Scholarship programme

  • Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series unveils inaugural Scholarship prize worth over £35,000 plus dedicated assessment day at Silverstone.
  • Championship partners Hankook, NBE, Carless and HRX all contributing alongside organisers RacingLine to give one rising star a boost ahead of 2020.
  • Applications now open, with an International C Karting License the only minimum requirement for participants.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will hold its inaugural Scholarship programme at Silverstone on Tuesday 5th November.

Prospective entries for the 2020 season will be able to sample the 1.6-litre, Ford EcoBoost-powered British F4 car around the 1.63-mile National circuit at Silverstone – the ‘Home of British Motorsport’ – with any of the championship’s registered teams.

A prize fund worth over £35,000 is on offer courtesy of series partners Hankook, Neil Brown Engineering, Carless, HRX and the organisers, RacingLine. Drivers will be assessed not only by their on-track ability, but also in other crucial fields for a driver’s development, such as data coaching and media.

The runner-up will also be given free registration to the 2020 championship, worth £2,500.

Drivers must possess an International Karting C license as a minimum requirement to participate, with the test also open to those aged 14 years old and above. Drivers who have previously entered more than three races in the series are not eligible.

To apply for the scholarship, please fill in the application form and, if successful, one of our teams will be in contact.

The calendar for 2020 was announced back in June, with world-renowned venues such as Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Oulton Park remaining alongside a double trip to Silverstone, utilising both the National and International circuit configurations.

The series will also retain its unique position as the sole single-seater support category on the UK’s premier motorsport package, the British Touring Car Championship, guaranteeing capacity trackside crowds of some 30,000+ spectators and live, free-to-air television coverage on ITV4.

Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series has garnered a reputation for being the most competitive of its kind worldwide, evidenced by the impressive list of alumni that have since graced the likes of Formula 1®, IndyCar, Super Formula, FIA F3, Blancpain GT, British GT and the BTCC since its inception back in 2015 as MSA Formula.

The momentum for next season has already begun to build, with a handful of drivers electing to participate in the final few rounds of this season to gather crucial experience ahead of a full title assault in 2020.

“We’re very excited to announce the F4 British Championship’s inaugural Scholarship programme,” commented Sam Roach, Championship Promoter.

“Developing the next generation of motorsport stars sits at the very centre of everything the championship is about, so to give prospective entries for 2020 an early opportunity to sample the car, work with our teams and compete for a very generous prize fund is excellent.

“Our thanks must go to each of our championship partners, as well as Ford Performance, for their assistance in putting the programme together.

“With such a cost-effective, race-proven and reliable package, as well as an unparalleled platform for raising a driver’s profile, it’s little wonder some people are already pointing to British F4 as the ‘place to be’ for anybody serious about making their mark next season.

“It’s fantastic to see such optimism surrounding the series at the moment, and we look forward to welcoming another intake of rising stars at the ‘Home of British Motorsport’ later this year.”