12 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Harry Dyson will make the step up to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost for the remainder of 2017 and contest the 2018 season, after agreeing a deal with BMR Racing to join its BMR Academy in association with JHR Developments.
Dyson, who turns 15 today, has been no stranger to success with JHR Developments this year. He took his maiden win in cars at the opening round of the 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship at Brands Hatch and followed it up with an array of top five finishes, having previously spent several years cutting his teeth in karting.
“I am looking forward to switching to the F4 British Championship for the last two meetings of the season,” said Dyson. “It’s been a challenging year, but I feel very lucky to be joining the BMR Academy as the next step in my development.
“Being part of the BMR Academy and continuing with JHR Developments means I embark upon this next chapter with the best support which will give me the chance to race at the front.“
“I am delighted to have Harry on board,” commented BMR Racing team principal Warren Scott. “He has demonstrated what he is capable of this year and I am very pleased that with the partnership of JHR Developments we can make his step up to the F4 British Championship a reality.
“I am confident that the BMR Academy will give him the ideal platform to learn and we all look forward to supporting him in his future development.”
The BMR Academy is a driver development programme created by BMR Racing to assist drivers in progressing to the British Touring Car Championship. Drivers who have benefitted from this support include BMR Racing’s very own BTCC driver Ash Sutton.
Dyson will follow in the single-seater footsteps of Sutton, who took the 2014 Formula Ford Rookie title and a host of victories in the series which evolved into the F4 British Championship.
The pair have already struck up a close working relationship with Sutton providing extensive driver coaching to Dyson. Further support will come from fellow British F4 graduate Billy Monger who will be heavily involved in telemetry and data analysis.
“Harry proved himself in the Ginetta Junior Championship earlier this year and we recently gave him the opportunity to test the British F4 car alongside Manuel Sulaimán,” explained JHR Developments team manager Jules Phillips.
“It’s fair to say he outperformed all our expectations. Harry has made the decision to switch to the F4 British Championship for the rest of the season and it’s a great chance for him to get up to speed ahead of a championship challenge next year.”
“Harry is an exciting prospect and a fantastic addition to the F4 British Championship,” added championship manager David Lowe. “His impressive performances in karting and cars suggest he has all the attributes to succeed in the series.
“He underlined his potential in an official test at Silverstone last week when he lapped within a second of the quickest time, despite being up against drivers with far more experience.
“Not only has Harry demonstrated pace behind the wheel, he takes his training and responsibilities out of the car very seriously and at JHR Developments he finds himself part of a team which has a proven track record in British F4.”
Dyson’s competitive debut in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series will be at Silverstone this weekend (16/17 September, 2017).