21 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – With just six races remaining over which to decide who will claim the inaugural title of FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain, the battle for supremacy in the Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula Championship is getting ever more intense, not least between the two drivers who have been swapping the series lead all season — Lando Norris and Ricky Collard.
It is Norris, 15, who will carry the leader’s baton into next weekend’s (26/27 September) Silverstone rounds thanks to six race wins in his Carlin-prepared car, the most recent of them coming earlier this month at Rockingham. Collard, who drives for Banbury squad TRS Arden, added a fifth win to his CV at Rockingham, taking victory in the reverse-grid race, but BRDC Rising Star Ricky lost out in the main races by starting from the back of the grid after a qualifying crash. He’s now 17 points behind Lando and with some catching up to do.
Behind the two leaders it’s all getting tight in the battle for championship third, with JHR Developments driver Sennan Fielding, Daventry-based Fortec’s Dan Ticktum and Carlin’s Colton Herta separated by just seven points. Herta, son of IndyCar star Bryan, has really hit his stride since the summer months, winning twice at Snetterton and again at Rockingham and visiting the podium a total of six times in the last nine races.
While the main title looks set to go down to the wire at Brands Hatch in October, the Rookie class title will very probably be decided next weekend, such is the domination shown by Ticktum, the class victor 13 times already this season. The Rookie runner-up spot looks set to be between Collard’s TRS Arden team-mates Enaam Ahmed and Sandy Mitchell.
The other drivers in the overall championship top 10 looking to improve their placings are Double R’s young Brazilian Matheus Leist, Fortec’s James Pull and Carlin’s third man, young Romanian Petru Florescu. Falcon Motorsport will meanwhile be welcoming the return of Darius Karbaley to the team at Silverstone.
Friday 25 September 1030 & 1500 Testing
Saturday 26 September 1030 Qualifying, 1510 Round 25
Sunday 27 September 0940 Round 26, 1515 Round 27
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