Josh Skelton has praised the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost as the ‘biggest stage in Britain’ ahead of his second campaign in the series with JHR Developments.
The Rookie Cup race-winner also believes a year of experience and data at each of the nine high-profile UK venues the Ford EcoBoost-powered championship visits should prove useful in his bid to chase the overall crown in 2019.
Skelton’s return was announced prior to the Autosport International Show in Birmingham last week [9th January], making him the fifth confirmed driver to sign up to Ford’s winning formula after Fin Green, Luke Browning, Roberto Faria and Bart Horsten were named at Carlin, Richardson Racing, Fortec Motorsport and Arden respectively before the New Year.
“I’m definitely happy to be back out racing in British F4 this year, we’re looking for some good results after getting experience in the first year so hopefully we can put things together,” said Skelton.
“Staying with JHR definitely helps; it’s not a fresh start, we already know each other and how we like the car, so we can just tweak things and find the best setup for us.
“Having experience on all the UK circuits will help, we’re not going to have to learn them this year. The focus during testing will be on fine-tuning qualifying and getting the best out of the tyre.
“A realistic expectation would be top three in the championship and several podiums and race wins throughout the year. The main goal would be to win the championship, but definitely top three would be good.”
Once again in 2019, British F4 holds a unique position as the sole single-seater support category on the UK’s premier motorsport package – the British Touring Car Championship – with capacity crowds at each of the ten events plus live, free-to-air television coverage on ITV4.
Skelton praised the championship’s high-profile platform, highlighting the obvious exposure for companies looking to tap into the endless marketing and publicity opportunities it affords.
“It is the biggest stage in Britain, the best for publicity and marketing. Companies can get a lot from British F4 and ITV4’s coverage. If they were going to put an advert on TV, they’d get nothing in comparison to the exposure they’d get on a race weekend.”
The new season gets underway at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 6th-7th April.