Preview: Silverstone marks first stage in thrilling British F4 title run-in

  • Ford’s rising stars make tracks to world-famous British Grand Prix venue.
  • Zagazeta leads Rees by 5 points, with Cresswell, Granfors and Hedley in close company.
  • Sunday’s action broadcast live and free-to-air in the UK on ITV4.

Matias Zagazeta holds the upper hand as a host of rising stars head to Silverstone, Northants this weekend (25-26 September) for the start of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title run-in.

After 21 action-packed races, including an incredible 10 different race winners and 18 podium finishers, Ford’s rising stars descend on the home of the Formula 1 ® British Grand Prix to mark the beginning of a nine-race shootout for the honours between five drivers.

At the head of that charge is Zagazeta (Phinsys by Argenti), the Peruvian leapfrogging chief rival Matthew Rees (JHR) at Croft last weekend with a tenth podium finish of the campaign, the margin between them a mere 5 points.

It was third-placed McKenzy Cresswell (JHR), however, who starred up in Yorkshire, scoring a double pole position and then converting each into a lights-to-flag victory. He now sits just a further 20 markers shy of Rees’ total and has the momentum on his side heading to the 1.6-mile National circuit.

Fortec Motorsport’s Joel Granfors has been consistently chipping away at the gap in recent rounds; he arrives in fourth, three points shy of Cresswell but seven in turn ahead of James Hedley – formerly of Fortec, now at Carlin.

Although those five look to be the realistic contenders vying for this season’s crown, this season’s grid is jam-packed full of capable drivers able to throw a spanner in the works at the championship summit.

Among them is Ollie Gray, the Fortec racer’s own hopes of lifting the crown having taken a dent on an illness-affected triple header at Croft. It’s not too late for the 15-year-old to break back into the top five, but he’ll need to make a statement this time out.

Ditto Joseph Loake in the third and final JHR challenger. The Macclesfield-based ace has been twice victorious in 2021 but has otherwise had to settle for a consistent run of points-scoring finishes, rather than silverware.

A second podium of the campaign at Croft has helped Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak (Carlin) break into the top ten overall, and his focus now will be overhauling the 11-point gap to an absent Abbi Pulling ahead in the standings.

He will need to be wary of the threat from behind, however, with Zak Taylor (Arden), Kai Askey (Carlin), Aiden Neate (Argenti) and Dougie Bolger (Carlin) – the series’ newest first-time race winner – all blanketed by just six points.

Eduardo Coseteng and Marcos Flack (both Argenti) arrive aiming to be among the front-runners again this weekend, the latter still riding the crest of a wave from his return to the rostrum in Yorkshire.

Three of Arden’s ‘Red Arrows’ complete the entry list for this weekend’s action, with David Morales and Georgi Dimitrov now joined by newcomer Cameron McLeod, the Australian stepping across from his national Formula Ford Championship.

After two days of pre-event testing, the first competitive action of the weekend is that all-important qualifying session at 10:55 (BST) on Saturday, ahead of the opening race later that afternoon at 16:10.

Two more 20-minute contests on Sunday round out the proceedings at 10:40 and 16:15, the first of which features the standard reverse grid race.

For viewers in the UK, Sunday’s final race will be screened live and free-to-air in the UK on ITV4.