Roman Bilinski: “Everything has gone up a level this year”

Carlin’s Roman Bilinski feels “everything has gone up a level this year” as he prepares for a full title bid in his second season competing in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The 17-year-old joins Trevor Carlin’s eponymous outfit – the most successful in the series’ seven-year history – after scoring three podium finishes and points in all but three of his 26 starts with Arden in 2020’s pandemic-hit season.

For his second campaign, the Polish rising star will be joined by Dougie Bolger, Kai Askey and Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak as team-mates, following an extensive winter testing programme for the quartet ahead of the new season.

The high-speed, 3.1-mile Thruxton circuit – the scene of one of Bilinski’s three podiums last term – will prove a stern test for the field to open the 10-event, 30-race schedule this weekend (8-9 May), but Bilinski is in buoyant form after a positive winter.

“After a really positive testing programme over the winter months, I’m very excited to get to Thruxton and begin the 2021 season,” he said.

“Everything feels like it’s gone up a level for this year; I feel better prepared, I know the car and what I want from it, and the team have done a fantastic job of supporting me through testing to make sure we can hit the ground running this weekend.

“Thruxton is arguably the most challenging circuit on the calendar, both physically and mentally in terms of your concentration.

“I had three solid results – including a podium – there last season, and the aim for the weekend is to build from that.

“A big thanks to Carlin and to my sponsors for their hard work in putting me in this position, hopefully we can bring back some strong results.”