F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost stalwarts Fortec Motorsport have teamed up with the BRSCC Formula Ford Festival to offer a prize test at the F4 Scholarship Assessment Day on 5th November.
The highest-placed driver between the ages of 16 and 19 will join the Daventry-based outfit at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, with the chance to compete for a £35,000 prize package towards a season in the BTCC-supporting category in 2020.
First, however, they will need to work their way through one of the world’s most competitive single-seater events and a true star fixture of the BRSCC’s annual calendar.
Previous winners include the likes of Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Johnny Herbert, Anthony Davidson and many more besides.
This season’s event will be held at Brands Hatch, Kent, over the weekend of 26-27 October.
The prize also cements the relationship between the two categories; British F4 can trace its heritage back through 52 years of Ford’s racing activities in Britain, including the original Formula Ford back in 1967.
Two graduates of the BRSCC’s National FF1600 Championship have made their mark amongst the next generation of Ford EcoBoost-powered rising stars in 2019; both Carter Williams (JHR) and Tommy Foster (Arden) gracing the top step of the podium.
Fortec Motorsport also have a rich heritage in junior single-seaters. Formed in 1989, the outfit was bought by Richard Dutton in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, running in the likes of International Formula 3000, Formula Renault, British Formula 3, British GT, World Series by Renault, FIA European F3, Blancpain GT and, of course, the F4 British Championship.
Their alumni is a star-studded cast, with the likes of Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo, Heikki Kovalainen, Juan Pablo Montoya, Stoffel Vandoorne, Marcus Ericcson and many more learning their trade with the team.
“We’re delighted to be able to offer the highest-ranked BRSCC Formula Ford Festival teenager a place with Fortec Motorsport at the British F4 Scholarship day,” commented Fortec’s Team Manager, Ollie Dutton.
“Both championships have a fantastic reputation for producing and developing talent; for somebody this could be the opportunity to break into the FIA’s single-seater ladder after proving themselves in one of the toughest events in the country.
“Fortec have played an equally significant role in bringing some of motorsport’s household names through the ranks, so whoever wins the prize is certainly going to be in a good position to make an impression on the day.
“We wish the very best of luck to everybody competing at the Festival, and look forward to congratulating the prize winner in due course.”