- Fortec Motorsports racer gaining valuable winter mileage at Circuit Ricardo Tormo with British outfit.
- Consistent improvements put the Brazilian karting graduate in pole position to fight for Rookie Cup honours.
- Further announcements set to follow in the New Year as Ford EcoBoost-powered series gears up for another action-packed campaign in 2019.
Fortec Motorsport’s latest recruit Roberto Faria was left enthused after his maiden runs in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost car at Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia this week.
The British outfit headed out to the 2.4-mile Spanish circuit between Monday and Thursday for valuable winter mileage alongside fellow championship stalwarts JHR Developments, with Brazilian karting ace Faria and another of the team’s prospective 2019 drivers getting behind the wheel.
Faria – who showed a consistent improvements across the four days of running – became the third driver to commit to the Ford EcoBoost-powered category for 2019 after Carlin’s Fin Green and Richardson Racing’s Luke Browning, with Arden’s Bart Horsten since adding to the grid.
“I’m very happy with the team’s work and everything they’ve taught me during the test days,” commented Faria.
“It’s a great feeling when your engineer tells you to change something on the setup or to use a different technique and it translates to your lap time.
“In my opinion, this only confirmed we made the right decision in signing for Fortec and British F4.
“There’s a lot more to think about in the Formula 4 car compared to karting, as well as having to adapt to the different braking techniques.
“I have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying every second in the car.”
Fortec’s Ollie Dutton echoed Faria’s optimism, praising the team’s latest recruit for his enthusiasm and readiness to learn as he takes his first steps on the FIA single-seater ladder.
“I’m very impressed with how quickly Roberto has adapted to the British F4 car,” added Dutton.
“It’s a big step and he has already exceeded our expectations whilst constantly improving.
“Roberto’s passion is evident, and he is a pleasure to work with, already gelling strongly within the team. We look forward to watching him progress throughout the season and can’t wait to get him back in his car.”
As per championship regulations, teams are unable to test between the 22nd December 2018 and 25th January 2019, with a winter testing ban in place.