Joel Granfors relishing Thruxton challenge ahead of season opener

Joel Granfors is relishing the challenge the high-speed Thruxton circuit – and the weather – poses ahead of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season opener in Hampshire this weekend (8-9 May).

The 15-year-old moves to Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series after dominant title victories in both the Formula Nordic and Aquila Synergy Cup categories in Scandinavia last year, even more impressive given both were pencilled in as a development year.

That prompted the switch to the FIA Single Seater pyramid, and with reigning champions Fortec Motorsport, plus promising team-mates in Oliver Gray and James Hedley, the ingredients are there for a successful season for the Swedish talent.

“I’m extremely excited ahead of my first weekend of international single-seater racing,” said Granfors.

“We have been preparing for this moment for months, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank Fortec Motorsport for how well they have implemented me into the team.”

Granfors underlined his happiness with the pace during pre-season testing, and believes his first weekend in single seaters has every prospect of being a competitive one.

“Testing has gone well and we seem to be right on the pace, as indicated by the practice sessions at Thruxton last month where I wound up just one hundredth of a second off P1,” he said.

“With that in mind, I’m confident that we can have a competitive weekend, and absolutely certain of some very close and thrilling races.”

Heavy rain is forecast for qualifying and the opening race of the season on Saturday, adding another factor into the already challenging 2.3-mile Thruxton circuit, famed as the ‘fastest in the UK’.

Given free practice took place at the circuit a month ago, and drivers will need to be fast straight out of the box, Granfors is looking ahead to the challenge with a positive mindset.

“It will be a special kind of weekend, for sure,” he admitted.

“I haven’t sat in the car in a month now, and we’ll be going straight into qualy, probably in the rain. I have done half a day on old tyres in the wet at Snetterton, so basically nothing. It will be a real big challenge, but I’m up for it and will make sure to learn as much as possible along the way.”

Sunday’s races will be streamed live and free-to-air in the UK on ITV4.