Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak is looking for silverware in his debut F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign after a positive pre-season with Carlin.
The 15-year-old started the year as a front-runner in F4 UAE, but switches to the British equivalent for his first full-season campaign in single seaters, and does so after graduating from karting with a strong CV.
In Trevor Carlin’s outfit, he joins the most decorated team in the series’ seven-year history, and will have Roman Bilinski, Dougie Bolger and Kai Askey for team-mates.
For Tasanapol – ‘Tern’ to his team – the pre-season programme has run smoothly, and recent championship test days have given him a good indication of where he sits compared to the competition.
“Yeah it’s been good. Obviously the COVID restrictions have played a role, but we’ve been trying to get the most out of pre-season testing to be as ready as possible for when the season begins,” he explained.
“It was good to see where we were compared to the others and to see where we need to improve, so yeah it was definitely a good testing day.”
Joining Carlin has been a positive experience thus far for the Thai racer, and he aims to repay them with a few more trophies to add to an already extensive cabinet at the team’s Farnham HQ.
“It’s been great, and such an honour to be with such a great team like Carlin, a team that achieved so much,” he added.
“I’m very thankful to them for having given me this opportunity to represent them in this season. For sure if we can fight at the top it would be good, but I look forward to hopefully getting a few podiums, wins or even challenging for the championship.”
When asked about the comparison between F4 UAE and British F4, he also offered some good insights on the differing challenges both series provide.
“They’re both really competitive championships, and the UAE Championship was mainly preparation for the British one, and it’s obviously very different with the differing temperatures, and also the chassis are different. It was a challenge to get used to the new British chassis, but now I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Thruxton hosts the opening three rounds this weekend (8-9 May), with the final two races on Sunday broadcast live on ITV4.