Josh Skelton: “I’ve learnt so much as a driver…”

JHR’s Josh Skelton feels his time in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost has brought on his development leaps and bounds as a driver.

The Cumbrian racer set a new all-time record for consecutive podium finishes with nine straight trips to the rostrum across the meetings at Snetterton, Thruxton, Knockhill and Silverstone.

Though title glory ultimately slipped through Skelton’s fingers, his fightback from a tough start to the season to stay in contention until the final round showed the future is bright for the 18-year old.

After a positive development year in 2018, Skelton was one of two returnees to the championship this season, the other being Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez. Both took the title down to the wire – no coincidence, with Skelton notably making full use of his experience and development to secure his first two victories in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series at Croft and Thruxton.

“Returning for a second season in British F4, I was confident that we would have good speed and was looking to achieve some good results. After a very difficult first round we were really on the back foot in terms of the championship,” explained Skelton.

“I still believed that we could turn the year around from there and at the next round, I got my first podium and never looked back from there, really. We showed our true potential over the year and climbed our way back up the standings to head into the final round still in with a shout at the championship, but things didn’t work out after a tricky weekend.

“I have learnt so much as a driver over the past two years in British F4; for me, it was the first step in car racing so I had everything to learn. But the car has developed me as a driver and really set me up in a good position heading into the next step of my career.

“There are definitely lots of positives to take out of this year, such as the 14 podiums, of which 9 on the bounce set a new British F4 record, which is something to be proud of.

“I would just like to say a massive thanks to JHR Developments for all their help over the previous two years – they’ve helped me massively as a driver.”

The next generation of Ford’s rising stars will battle it out for the championship’s £35,000 Scholarship prize fund at Silverstone on 5th November; beyond that, another action-packed, 30-race season begins at Donington Park on 28-29 March, 2020.