Ford’s young stars to take Snetterton by storm

  • Carlin’s Fewtrell heads to Snetterton as man to beat at the top of the standings.
  • Team-mate DeFrancesco arrives in formidable form.
  • Aussies Luis Leeds and Zane Goddard riding high.
  • JHR’s Billy Monger makes welcome return to the grid.
  • Richardson Racing and Falcon Motorsport will make their 2016 debut with Marinescu and Mohnhaupt respectively.

28 JULY, 2016 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is back with a bang this weekend after its six week summer break. The UK’s finest junior single-seater stars all eager to resume battle at Snetterton.

With one race win, seven podiums and a 20 point lead, Carlin’s Max Fewtrell is in pole position to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion. Fewtrell, who turns 17 on Friday, has exhibited a metronomic level of consistency with his calm and considered approach.

However, team-mates Petru Florescu, James Pull and Devlin DeFrancesco all have him in their sights. The latter has looked formidable with wins at Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft. Florescu is currently Fewtrell’s closest challenger with the most number of victories, whilst Pull’s high points scoring finishes give him plenty to build upon.

British F4’s Aussies went into the summer break with big smiles on their faces. Red Bull Junior Luis Leeds got his title quest back on track at Croft with another victory and podium and Double R’s Zane Goddard broke his victory duck. He was the form man throughout: qualifying on pole, posting fastest laps and never finishing off the podium.

TRS Arden’s season has been gaining momentum: Rafael Martins having claimed his maiden win in the series and Jack Martin adding another two Rookie Class wins to his name at Croft. He’ll be looking to replicate this performance in his quest for the Rookie Cup. The series’ youngest driver Ayrton Simmons is sure to put in some more inspired drives this weekend as he continues to make a name for himself.

JHR Developments are boosted by the welcome return of crowd pleaser Billy Monger. Jack Butel has undergone an intensive training programme in an effort to take the rest of 2016 by storm. Whilst Snetterton represents something of a happy hunting ground for Sennan Fielding, where he claimed a brace of fourth place finishes and a podium last season. Victories will undoubtedly be the aim this weekend as he bids to keep his title hopes alive.

Jamie Caroline is hoping to fare better than he did on his debut with Fortec. Team-mate Alex Quinn is aiming for a strong showing to propel him into the title fight. Frank Bird made a breakthrough with his first points score six weeks ago and Nicolai Kjaergaard is hungry for more Rookie Class success.

JTR’s Patrik Matthiesen is still looking to find his rhythm this year, although another point score at Croft suggests he’s heading in the right direction.

Richardson Racing and Falcon Motorsport join the fray. Alexandra Marinescu will race for the former after her 2015 campaign was cut short. Alexandra Mohnhaupt will line up for Falcon and become the first Mexican driver to compete in British F4.

The Ford EcoBoost-powered action gets underway with two test sessions tomorrow ahead of a blockbuster day for the series on Saturday, which will feature official qualifying at 0900 and then two races at 1355 and 1715. Lights will out for the final race of the weekend on Sunday at 1450 which will be screened live on ITV4.

Snetterton timetable
Friday 29 July
0900-0945 & 1340-1425 Testing
Saturday 30 July
0900 Qualifying; 1355 Race 1; 1715 Race 2
Sunday 31 July
1230 British F4 Driver Autograph Session at Ford Technical Centre
1450 Race 3
On TV – Live on ITV4 & itv.com/btcc Sunday 1450
On Radio – Listen to live circuit commentary on British F4 Radio.
Listen to interviews throughout the weekend here.