- Double R Racing driver believes Woking-based outfit have the potential to successfully defend their F4 British Championship crown in 2019.
- Series returnee Alvarez is joined by newcomers Louis Foster and Reema Juffali.
- Mexican racer showed promising pace at Media Day, with the first event of the new season back at Brands Hatch on 6th-7th
Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez believes “the potential is there” for the Woking-based outfit to retain their F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost crown in 2019.
The Mexican racer put his experience to good use amid changeable conditions on Media Day at Brands Hatch earlier this week [13th March], putting himself second in the cumulative times behind fellow series returnee Josh Skelton, a mere 0.093 seconds separating them.
He managed 82 laps around the 1.19-mile Kent circuit in his Ford EcoBoost-powered machine across the day – the equivalent of around four race distances.
Last season proved to be a breakthrough campaign for Double R, seizing the Drivers’ title with Kiern Jewiss and claiming six victories and a record number of points for a single season along the way.
This year they will aim for a repeat, with Alvarez partnering Ginetta graduate Louis Foster and Reema Juffali, the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in motorsport.
“I think last year we weren’t really able to show our potential, I had a bit of bad luck. I think hopefully this year we can put everything together,” commented Alvarez.
“I’m confident, the team is confident, so I don’t feel any pressure; we’re hoping to fight for the championship, I think the potential is there, everyone at Double R Racing is doing a really good job so if we put everything together, we’re there.
“We just started so I don’t really know them [Foster and Juffali] well, but it’s a good team and there’s a good atmosphere.”
Once again in 2019, the F4 British Championship holds a unique position as the sole single-seater support category on the UK’s premier motorsport package, the British Touring Car Championship.
With capacity crowds exceeding 30,000 spectators at most events, plus live, free-to-air television coverage on ITV4, it has been labelled ‘the biggest stage in Britain’ in recent times, offering the next generation of motorsport stars a cost-effective, race-proven and reliable platform on which to begin their careers.
For Alvarez, the nine high-profile UK circuits visited by Ford’s winning formula are a major boost, providing drivers with the best development opportunity before moving up to competition abroad.
“I think the British tracks are quite difficult, so once you master them, I think you can go to Formula 1 or big tracks out in Europe, there’s a lot of run off and here, if you make a small mistake, there’s a big punishment,” he explained.
“So I think once you go up to tracks in Europe, it’s going to be a little bit easier.”
Another ten-event, thirty-race season is scheduled to get underway at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 6th-7th April.