Roberto Faria aiming for Rookie Cup success ahead of new season

  • Brazilian racer pays tribute to Fortec Motorsport after positive winter testing programme.
  • F4 British Championship newcomer expects to work well with team-mate Mariano Martinez and bring continued success to British outfit.
  • Faria hoping to fight for Rookie Cup honours when the season starts at Brands Hatch on 6th-7th

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost newcomer Roberto Faria is aiming to fight for Rookie Cup honours when the new season begins at Brands Hatch next week.

Faria, who graduates into Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series with experienced front-running outfit Fortec Motorsport, will partner Mexican racer Mariano Martinez in 2019.

The Brazilian has been testing regularly over the winter months and hopes to come out fighting on all fronts from the get-go.

He was classified tenth on cumulative times at the championship’s recent Media Day, a mere 0.6 seconds adrift from top spot in a closely-fought session despite having never tested at the 1.19-mile Brands Hatch circuit beforehand unlike some of those ahead.

“The objective at Brands Hatch is to start the season fighting for victories in the Rookie Cup before moving on to overall success,” said Faria.

“With the whole team at Fortec Motorsport behind me, I’m in one of the best seats on the grid and the experience they have of fighting at the front in British F4 is sure to be a big asset to us in 2019.

“They’ve been a big help in terms of my mental and physical preparation heading into the first event and between me and Mariano [Martinez] I’m confident we can continue the team’s record of strong results in the championship.”

Faria also shed some light on the transition from karting into single-seaters, underlining his faith that Fortec’s driver development programme will pay dividends when the racing starts.

“The transition from karting into single-seaters has progressed well. The team have worked with both drivers on our development and that’ll put us in a good position when racing starts.

“Obviously there are a lot of things to get used to, but everything so far is pointing towards a good season for me.”

Once again in 2019, the F4 British Championship occupies a unique position as the sole single-seater support category on the UK’s premier motorsport package – the British Touring Car Championship.

That in itself guarantees a capacity trackside audience exceeding 30,000 spectators at most events alongside live, free-to-air television coverage nationwide on ITV4.

The new season begins at Brands Hatch on 6th-7th April.