Richardson Racing’s Georgi Dimitrov is in confident mood as the British-Bulgarian racer counts down the days until the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost gets underway at Thruxton (8-9 May).
Dimitrov’s debut in car racing last season was nothing short of explosive; the 15-year old won twice on his first outing in the highly-competitive Ginetta Junior Championship at Donington Park, and amassed a further two victories and several podiums en route to fourth in the standings overall, and second amongst the Rookies.
That prompted the switch to single seaters with Richardson, who ran Dimitrov in Ginettas and return to Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series after a one-year hiatus, with Dimitrov set to race the #23 in the team’s newly-refreshed livery.
The Newmarket-based racer will be hoping for a similarly flying start to his single seater career, which gets underway at the high-speed Thruxton circuit in Hampshire next week.
“We’re underway with preparations for the season and feeling pretty confident with everything that’s going ahead,” explained Dimitrov, before detailing his career path to date.
“So I started off in karting from the age of six and progressed to world and professional national karting, then moved onto Ginetta Juniors for last year where I finished fourth in the championship and we thought that the best step up for me was to move in Formula 4 next. So that’s what we did, and now we’re here.”
“It’s been absolutely amazing experience; for myself it’s always been a dream to step up into the single seater ladder, and just having the experience to feel everything you know – start learning different things, knowing how the car behaves, it’s just incredible. We’ve still got things to improve, we’re still working on it – all is going well.”
One benefit to Dimitrov’s Ginetta campaign during a pandemic-hit 2020 season was the acquisition of circuit knowledge; Ginetta Juniors races on the same British Touring Car Championship support bill as F4, giving him a slight boost ahead of some of the competition.
“I think it wont be shown until the races but I think everyone’s performing well now,” said Dimitrov.
“I think the competition is really strong this year but we’ll see how it goes throughout the first couple of rounds and see how everything pans out.”
Looking ahead to the season’s start, Dimitrov says there are a few creases to iron out, but is happy overall with the level of performance, and has his sights set on a top six finish in this year’s standings, and beyond that a career in professional sports car racing.
“I think we’ve still got some work to do. But we’re getting there, we’re still chipping away at things, but we still haven’t nailed everything on as I said. Yeah, we’re still working at things and I’m pretty sure we’ll get there by the first race,” he explained.
“I think realistically I would like to get into any sort of professional sports car racing. My main goal is to reach professional single seater racing in Formula 1, but everyone wants to be a Formula 1 driver and you’ve got to be realistic with your goals so I’d just like to make it to any sort of professional sports car racing.”
“I think realistically we would be happy with a top five, top six finish with currently how things are going you know, I think some of the drivers have a little bit more experience than me. I haven’t been in the car an awful lot so I think we’ll just go into the first race, try to enjoy ourselves as much as possible and see what everything brings us.”