Fortec Motorsport’s Oliver Gray is adapting well ahead of his first outing in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at next week’s Thruxton season-opener.
The 15-year-old from Chipstead joins the reigning champions for his debut in single seaters after a silverware-laden stint in karting, including multiple MSUK British titles at X30 Junior level, and vice-champion honours in the 2019 IAME Euro Series.
Last season, WH Sports Group-managed Gray ran under the colours of Ferrari F1 star Charles Leclerc for Leclerc by Lennox Racing in Europe’s OK class, recording an impressive all heats and final victory in the WSK Euro Series in Sarno, alongside numerous top-ten finishes.
His next challenge will be Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series as Gray prepares to battle it out against the next generation of motorsport stars.
“I’m feeling confident for this year, we’ve still got some time to find but no doubt we’ll find it and go for the championship,” said Gray.
“I graduated from karting at the end of last year. Last year I raced out in Europe in the OK category in the European CIK WSK Championship and it was a successful year, finishing fifth in the Euros and winning a few races.
“It’s definitely a big jump [to F4], this is completely different, there’s much more to think about, the cognitive load is so much more than karting, like the gears and everything about the load of the car is a lot different.
“With this car you have a lot more sensors so you can really nail down why you’re losing the time and then obviously it’s easier to find it again.”
Gray is also looking ahead to a good working partnership with Fortec, which ran Luke Browning to the 2020 title and will be looking to retain it’s crown this year.
“I think the whole team sort of revolves around the drivers and it’s definitely a lot of pressure but it’s something that we have to deal with and work with the team as best we can to provide the results,” added Gray.
The high-speed Thruxton circuit in Hampshire kicks off another action-packed, 30-race season across the UK’s most iconic and challenging venues on 8-9 May.