Luke Browning impressed after first runs in British F4 car

  • Multiple Ginetta Junior race-winner left impressed after first runs in Ford EcoBoost-powered British F4 machinery.
  • Richardson Racing gets pre-season programme underway in mixed conditions with the 16-year old at Donington Park.
  • More announcements set to follow as grid for another action-packed, thirty-race calendar starts to form.

Luke Browning was left impressed after his maiden run in an F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost car with Richardson Racing last week.

The 16-year old kicked off preparations for his maiden campaign in Britain’s FIA-sanctioned F4 series at Donington Park, getting a flavour for his new 1.6 litre, Ford EcoBoost-powered machine in both wet and dry conditions over the course of the day.

Browning, who took eight victories and a further ten podium finishes en route to third overall in the Ginetta Junior Championship – again with Richardson – this past season, also believes the team have made a head start on their pre-season testing programme.

“It’s been brilliant and was totally different to anything I’ve driven before,” explained Browning.

“The team has done a great job to help me acclimatise to the car and I can’t thank them enough for that.

“The first half of the day in the dry, I was able to get into the groove and then I think we showed some good pace in the afternoon when it was wet.

“I’ve certainly ticked something off my bucket list today and I think we achieved more than we were aiming to for my first day in the car. The focus was to simply get some track time but we were able to go beyond that, and it’s a really positive start to pre-season for us.”

Fellow Ginetta race-winner Fin Green is the other driver currently confirmed for 2019 in the first returning Carlin entry, as both look to emulate three of the four existing British F4 Champions – Lando Norris, Jamie Caroline and Kiern Jewiss – in stepping across into Ford’s winning formula and kickstarting their single-seater careers.

Several more announcements are set to take place in the coming weeks as the grid for another ten-event, thirty-race season promising plenty of thrills and wheel-to-wheel action starts to form.

The 2019 campaign will get things underway at Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit over the weekend of 6th-7th April.