British F4 2017 season review: Sweet Caroline

8 DECEMBER, 2017 – The 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost had an abundance of young stars and talented protagonists, but in many ways it was dominated by two young men: Jamie Caroline and Billy Monger.

Caroline sent records tumbling on his crusade to the title. The 18-year-old blitzed the field in the first half of the season. Having joined Carlin over the winter, he got off to a winning start in the opener at Brands Hatch and would never be headed in the standings, with win number two also coming that weekend.

Eight more victories followed in 2017, including another brace at the subsequent meeting and a historic hat-trick at Thruxton; becoming the first driver in series history to win all three races in a single weekend. This just a fortnight after an accident at Donington Park in which friend Billy Monger suffered life-changing injuries.

The top step of the podium beckoned for Caroline at Oulton Park, Snetterton and Knockhill, after which a more conservative approach saw him carefully manage his way to being crowned FIA British Formula 4 champion with two races to spare. His tally of 10 victories the most recorded in a British F4 season, as well as his points total which surpassed the record set by 2015 champion Lando Norris.

2017 will live long in the memory due to the events at Donington, but more so for what transpired afterwards: The motorsport community rallying in a touching display of solidarity and Monger’s determination which demonstrated his strength of character, resolve and professional attitude as a sportsperson. The 18-year-old set himself apart as an inspiration to everyone, winning hearts and becoming a positive influence for the next generation of racers.

Although Oscar Piastri had to settle for vice-champion, a stellar season saw the TRS Arden ace qualify on pole seven times – more than any other driver – and stand on the podium in half of all races, including the top step on six occasions. The Aussie took the title fight to the final meeting and while his efforts proved in vain, the 16-year-old established himself as one to watch in the coming years; deemed to have shown the most promise and improvement during the season to win the Joe Tandy Memorial Award and scooped the Drivers’ Choice Award, as voted by his peers.

Logan Sargeant played a pivotal role in Carlin winning its third successive Teams Cup. His form was particularly impressive after the summer break, outscoring Messrs Caroline and Piastri in second half of 2017. He followed up victory at Rockingham with another win at Silverstone, where he pulled off one of the best overtakes of the season by running around the outside of Caroline to snatch the lead.

2016 Rookie champion Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) had to wait until Croft to taste victory and hit his stride in the latter stages of the campaign with a win at each of the final three meetings. The Cornishman’s triumphs at Rockingham and the Brands Hatch finale the pick of the bunch. The latter a faultless drive from a talented teenager who has progressed leaps and bounds in his two years with the series.

Team-mate Ayrton Simmons got off to a flying start, winning the second race of the season, but had to wait until after the summer break for further podium visits. Patrik Pasma’s efforts merited a win. It proved elusive in a year that saw him consistently finish in the top 10, where fellow Carlin racer Lucas Alecco Roy joined him on several occasions.

A disastrous opening weekend for Linus Lundqvist saw him fail to score a point, but his prodigious pace was undeniable. His climb from the back of the field to fifth at Silverstone was particularly special. The 18-year-old doubled up with wins at Croft, another came at Rockingham and he signed off in style with his fourth win at Brands Hatch to banish the demons from six months earlier. Double R team-mate Karl Massaad also brought home plenty of points, with podiums at Thruxton and Knockhill.

Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports) ended the season as top rookie. Growing in confidence, a switch from the Ford F4 Challenge Cup to contest every race came as no surprise. He set his sights on a maiden win and he didn’t have to wait long, taking the chequered flag at Knockhill. A further three podiums over the Rockingham and Silverstone weekends added to his tally of five, while win number two came at Brands Hatch.

York looked a likely candidate to clinch the Ford F4 Challenge Cup, but team-mate Hampus Ericsson and Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb had other ideas. With York ineligible to score Challenge Cup points from the halfway stage of the season and Ericsson contesting the final six meetings, the young Swede came to the fore and overhauled Webb who had climbed to the top of the standings at Knockhill.

Ericsson announced his arrival on the single-seater scene with some deft overtaking on his debut at Donington Park, scoring points in his first two races. More followed as the season progressed, with an overall podium at Knockhill. He saved his best until last with the Challenge Cup going down to the wire between himself and Webb; stamping his authority when it mattered with a record ninth Challenge Cup win, as well as an overall podium.

For Webb it was a case of what might have been during a year in which he recorded more Challenge Cup podiums than any other driver with a tally of 20 from 21 races. A start-line tangle robbed him of the chance to fight Ericsson in the finale, having outscored him in the first two races of the weekend.

Olli Caldwell (Arden) became the youngest FIA F4 driver in history when he contested his first race at Croft on his 15th birthday. At Snetterton he claimed two Challenge Cup victories in quick succession and had further visits to the top step of the podium at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

Manuel Sulaimán scored his maiden podium on Finals Day, having a racked up a host of point scoring finishes for JHR Developments while dovetailing commitments in the sister Mexican F4 series. Sulaimán was joined on the grid by fellow Mexican Alexandra Mohnhaupt (Fortec Motorsports) at Snetterton, who returned to the series after making her debut in 2016.

Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) contested a handful of meetings with the aim of a full assault on the championship in 2018. He wasted no time in showcasing his talent, most notably on the way to a podium at Silverstone.

Sharp Motorsport’s Jamie Sharp laid the foundation for a stronger 2018, while Sam Smelt put GW Motorsport in the points paying positions, building on Jacky Liu’s breakthrough top 10 finish at Oulton Park. Daniel Cao (Double R) finished just two places higher than his Chinese compatriot in the standings courtesy of point scores at Donington Park, Thruxton and Oulton Park.

Yves Baltas’ campaign was curtailed for budgetary reasons, while Lucca Allen (Falcon Motorsport) and Harry Dyson (JHR Developments) gained valuable experience with a view to fighting for major honours in 2018.

Championship positions and prize winners
FIA British Formula 4 champion: Jamie Caroline
Runner-up: Oscar Piastri
Third overall: Logan Sargeant
Ford F4 Challenge Cup champion: Hampus Ericsson
Teams Cup: Carlin

Can Ford EcoBoost-powered Caroline take the crown at Silverstone?

14 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Half a point. That’s all Carlin’s Jamie Caroline needs to have extended his championship lead of 74.5 points by at the conclusion of this weekend to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion at Silverstone, the home of the British Motor Racing.

It sounds easy, but five other drivers could steal the crown. Chief amongst those are Oscar Piastri (TRS Arden) and Logan Sargeant (Carlin). The two had vastly differing fortunes three weeks ago at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Piastri, who had finished every race this season in the points, saw his run halted with two non-finishes and a solitary point for his efforts.

Sargeant has clawed his way into contention, scoring more points than any other driver since the summer break, finishing no lower than fifth and claiming his maiden victory last time out.

If official testing at Silverstone a week ago is anything to go by, we’re in for a titanic battle between the title protagonists. Caroline set the pace, but Piastri was his closest challenger and a mere 0.082s adrift. The rivals were the only men to lap below the 57 second mark.

Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) and Linus Lundqvist (Double R Racing) were the other victors at Rockingham, taking their second and fourth wins of the campaign respectively. Elsewhere, Fortec’s Oliver York followed up his maiden win at Knockhill with a brace of podiums. The trio will need to bring home big points to stand a chance of fighting for the title.

Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden) and Patrik Pasma (Carlin) also starred on the podium several weeks ago, the latter coming tantalisingly close to his first British F4 win having led from pole.

Double R’s Karl Massaad was brought back down to earth following his podium exploits north of the border by scoring only two points.

Hampus Ericsson took a hat-trick of Ford F4 Challenge Cup wins at Rockingham. The Fortec driver will want to do the same  at Silverstone in a bid to move to the top of the Class standings. Standing in his way this weekend will be TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell and Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen.

In the overall standings, Caldwell is defending a slender 2.5 point lead from fellow Young Racing Driver Academy product Jamie Sharp. The Sharp Motorsport racer put in an inspired performance at the Speedway to climb five places and into a points-paying position.

Manuel Sulaimán (JHR Developments) and Lucas Alecco Roy (Carlin) made welcome appearances in the points, meanwhile Sam Smelt and GW Motorsport maintained their top 10 form.

Fortec’s Johnathan Hoggard returns after a brief pause in his campaign, while Harry Dyson will aim to join the top 10 party for JHR Developments on his Ford EcoBoost-powered debut.

Ford EcoBoost-powered racers head to Rockingham, but can they catch Caroline?

24 AUGUST, 2017 – Just nine races remain to decide the outcome of this year’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, and who will race away with the title of FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

The first three of those nine outings come this weekend at Rockingham Motor Speedway, where season-long championship leader Jamie Caroline will be battling to defend his 45.5 point lead from his chief rival, Oscar Piastri.

TRS Arden are flying high. They followed up their most successful meeting at Snetterton with a double front row lock out at Knockhill. Piastri took two wins and led home team-mates Alex Quinn and Ayrton Simmons to record a historic 1-2-3.

Caroline put on a fine display of damage limitation a fortnight ago. He returned from Scotland with his championship lead reduced by just one point, helped by taking his 10th win of the campaign.

The 18-year-old will be buoyed further by being granted BRDC Rising Star status earlier this week. Open by invitation only to drivers aged 24 and under seeking to make a career in motorsport, Caroline joins an illustrious club which has seen highly successful graduates, including triple Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Carlin team-mate Logan Sargeant is marrying speed with consistency, racking up podium finishes in a similar fashion to a fellow Infinity Sports Management-backed star. A certain 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion, Max Fewtrell.

Linus Lundqvist had a disastrous time in Scotland, taking just 12 points from a possible 100. The Double R ace now has very little to lose and plenty to gain, while Karl Massaad returned to the podium for the first time since May.

Fortec Motorsports’ Oliver York scored a breakthrough maiden win, having already starred on numerous occasions this year, and team-mate Hampus Ericsson took two Ford F4 Challenge Cup wins and his first overall podium in Scotland.

GW Motorsport had a breakthrough of their own north of the border. Sam Smelt took his and the team’s first top 10 finish in only his third single-seater race.

Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) made a welcome return to the points, while Lucas Alecco Roy joined his Carlin team-mate Patrik Pasma in the top 10 during the Knockhill weekend.

Elsewhere, Manuel Sulaimán and JHR Developments cruelly saw a hard-earned points score slip through their fingers in the closing stages last time out.

TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell will look to maintain his record of always finishing on the Challenge Cup podium, while Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen will want to return to the rostrum after missing out at the last meeting.

British F4 heads north of the border as Ford EcoBoost-powered title race hots up

10 AUGUST, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost heads north of the border this weekend (12/13 August) to provide plenty of single-seater thrills at Knockhill. Championship leader Jamie Caroline arrives having made yet more history a fortnight ago by winning a record nine British F4 races in one season.

The title chase is well and truly on however. TRS Arden had their best weekend in the series last time out, with Oscar Piastri adding two victories to his name to reduce the points gap to Carlin’s Caroline.

Double R’s Linus Lundqvist also reduced his deficit to Caroline, starring on the podium twice. He’s brimming with confidence as he takes to a track which his team have traditionally been very strong at.

Team-mate Karl Massaad will view this weekend as a chance to kick-start the second half of his campaign after a luckless return from the summer break.

Carlin’s Logan Sargeant was locked in a race-long duel with Piastri for the win at Snetterton. The American has been knocking on the door of his maiden victory for some time now and is one to watch as he gives his all to finally stand on the top step.

TRS Arden’s superb Snetterton weekend saw Ayrton Simmons ensure a one-two finish, and Alex Quinn feature on the podium. Meanwhile Olli Caldwell took two Ford F4 Challenge Cup wins. Quinn knows what it takes to win at Knockhill, having done so last season in Ford EcoBoost-powered machinery.

Caldwell was prevented from a hat-trick of Challenge Cup wins by Fortec’s Hampus Ericsson who made use of new tyres and an attacking mindset to snatch class victory.

The battle for Challenge Cup honours is made even more intriguing as Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb returns. A driver with three class wins and 11 podiums.

Meanwhile Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen will want to maintain his record of never having finished off the Challenge Cup rostrum.

Jacky Liu returns from single-seater commitments in China. He’s joined at GW Motorsport by Sam Smelt who came tantalisingly close to scoring points on his debut.

Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport had a torrid time in Norfolk. They will be hoping to have left their misfortune behind as they make the journey north from Rochdale.

Fortec’s Johnathan Hoggard salvaged a point score on an otherwise frustrating debut, while team-mate Oliver York equalled his best result with a second place finish.

Patrik Pasma didn’t gel with the longest circuit on the calendar. Carlin’s flying Finn will hope for a more successful time in Fife. Team-mate Lucas Alecco Roy will want to follow-up one of his best performances – climbing six places to break into the top 10.

Although Manuel Sulaiman couldn’t convert his first British F4 pole position, he brought home valuable points for JHR and will want more of the same.

Fans are in for a treat this weekend with four races being staged at Knockhill, due to Round 12 of the season not taking place at Oulton Park earlier in the year because of delays in the schedule. With the grid for this race determined by the second fastest times from qualifying at Oulton Park, we go into the weekend with the mouth-watering prospect of championship frontrunners Caroline and Piastri starting from pole and second respectively.

The bumper weekend kicks off with three test sessions tomorrow, followed by qualifying on Saturday at 1130. Race one gets underway at 1430, with lights out for race two (Round 12) at 1710. The single-seater action continues on Sunday with two further races at 1015 and 1540, the latter screened live on ITV4. There’s even more excitement in store for fans with a driver autograph session at 1330 and the British F4 VR Experience in the Ford Race Centre in the support paddock.

Race two (Round 12) grid order – based on second-fastest times from qualifying at Oulton Park 20 May, 2017
Caroline – Piastri – Sargeant – Quinn – Lundqvist – Massaad – Pasma – Simmons – Webb – York – Sharp – Roy – Liu

Ford’s young stars all set for Snett

27 JULY, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost roars back into life this weekend at Snetterton following the summer break and it’s Carlin’s Jamie Caroline who heads the field. It comes on the back of a stellar first half of the campaign which saw him achieve a record-equalling eight wins in one season.

His margin over the chasing pack is 67.5 points with regular podium fixture Oscar Piastri in second. The TRS Arden racer is hunting Caroline down, with Double R’s Linus Lundqvist in hot pursuit having gone into the summer break on a spectacular high with two emphatic wins at Croft. His team had further reason to celebrate before the holiday, with team-mate Karl Massaad recording a strong fourth place finish.

Alex Quinn also stood on the top step at the last meeting. His first win for Garry Horner’s TRS Arden outfit adding to the three Ford EcoBoost-powered victories he claimed during his successful rookie season in 2016.

Within touching distance of Quinn in the standings are Carlin’s Logan Sargeant and Patrik Pasma. Both have podiums to their name and one senses it’s just a matter of time before they claim maiden victories. Meanwhile team-mate Lucas Alecco Roy will look to join them on the rostrum.

TRS Arden’s quartet is completed by race winner Ayrton Simmons and Olli Caldwell who became the youngest F4 driver in history at Croft, as well as point scorer. Caldwell has been busy during the summer, racking up mileage in the sister Italian and German F4 series and collecting a handful of rookie class podiums along the way.

Oliver York arrives as leading rookie, as well as Ford F4 Challenge Cup driver. However, the Fortec Motorsports charge has set his sights firmly on the overall championship for the remainder of 2017.

Fortec has a full complement of drivers at Snetterton with exciting Swedish youngster Hampus Ericsson, British karting ace Johnathan Hoggard and Mexican starlet Alexandra Mohnhaupt taking to the grid. The latter has already had a taste of British F4 action having contested the Snetterton and Knockhill rounds last season.

Hoggard is one of three drivers making their competitive single-seater debut this weekend, along with GW Motorsport’s Sam Smelt who has caught the eye in testing and Falcon Motorsport’s talented Irish teenager Lucca Allen.

JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaimán returns for the first time since April after a spell competing in Mexican F4. During his time away Jamie Sharp has edged ahead of him in the standings by 11.5 points following some excellent performances for Sharp Motorsport.

Caroline the man to beat as British F4 heads to Croft

8 JUNE, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost heads to Croft and it’s the familiar face of Jamie Caroline at the top of the standings. The Carlin ace recorded win number eight of the season three weeks ago, equalling 2015 Champion Lando Norris’ record in the FIA certified series. Caroline will aim to go at least one better in North Yorkshire. However, he faces an even sterner test this weekend; carrying a ten-place grid penalty into race one following an on-track incident at Oulton Park.

Caroline’s winning run was halted by TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri. The Aussie is Caroline’s closest challenger in the championship and will seek to make up more ground before the summer break. Piastri’s win came after a thrilling duel with Carlin’s Logan Sargeant whose campaign is now gathering momentum and producing the kind of performances that his pace in pre-season promised.

In a two-day test at Croft just over a fortnight ago Sargeant posted the fastest time. Meanwhile team-mate Patrik Pasma was consistently in the top three on day two and looks a real podium threat. Double R were the stars of day one. Karl Massaad topped the morning session and Linus Lundqvist set the pace in the afternoon. Unsurprising, given that the team have been quick all season and it was at this very track where their fortunes turned in 2016, setting qualifying and lap records on the way to victory.

Hampus Ericsson returns with Fortec Motorsports having made his debut two months ago, pulling off excellent overtakes which belied his relative lack of experience. The Ford F4 Challenge Cup entrant will be joined by Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb who doubled up with class victories at Oulton Park, having been pushed hard by class leader Oliver York (Fortec).

A new addition to the field and the Challenge Cup is TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell who will become the youngest driver to race in British F4, celebrating his 15th birthday on Sunday. Completing the Banbury outfit’s quartet are Alex Quinn and Ayrton Simmons. The latter is one of only four race winners this season, while the former is on the hunt for his first of 2017.

Daniel Cao (Double R) scored a precious point having been involved in a frenetic battle last time out which included Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Jacky Liu (GW Motorsport). Another point scorer was Lucas Alecco Roy (Carlin). Expect plenty of fireworks from these drivers as they bid to finish in the top ten.

FIA British Formula 4 Champion Max Fewtrell visits class of 2017

11 APRIL, 2017 – A scintillating start to the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign at Brands Hatch received some added magic with a visit from 2016 title winner Max Fewtrell.

Since being crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion, Fewtrell’s career has continued to hit new heights; the 17-year-old taking another step toward becoming a Formula 1 driver by joining Renault’s F1 Academy.

“It’s been a year since my first race in the F4 British Championship and it was kind of strange being back as a spectator as opposed to a driver, but it was actually nice to see everything from a different perspective,” said Fewtrell.

“As a driver you’re so focused on the job you have to do and that means you don’t necessarily get to enjoy other aspects. It was brilliant to be back. I’ve got so many great memories of racing in British F4.

“I would love to take part in a British F4 race again, even if I had to start last and come through the pack. It would be so much fun.”

Fewtrell was also keen to pay testament to the UK’s leading junior single-seater series: “I think doing my first year in cars in British F4 was vital for my career. The competition is so close in the championship and it teaches you how to perform under pressure.

“Racing in British F4 helped me in every aspect of my career. I’m now on an F1 junior driver programme and I hope that one day I’ll be visiting British F4 again as a fully-fledged Formula 1 driver.”

Fewtrell, part of the same Infinity Sports Management stable that looks after 2017 British F4 racer Logan Sargeant, took the Ford EcoBoost-powered title with Carlin in his first full season of car racing last year.

He recorded a remarkable 16 podiums, including three race victories and couldn’t resist casting an eye on the 2017 field: “I think Arden and Carlin look absolutely on it this season, but it’s still early days. The others aren’t going to be standing still. I’m sure they will get stronger as the season progresses and soon be challenging at the front too.”

F4 British Championship to provide its drivers with sponsorship acquisition training

  • Sponsorship acquisition training available to the first 15 drivers who register for 2017 British F4 season.
  • The prestigious course is the brainchild of leading sports marketing exponent Brian Sims and will enhance affordability of the championship.

18 JANUARY, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford will provide a unique online sponsorship acquisition training course to the first 15 drivers to register for the 2017 season. The prestigious course has been developed by one of international sport’s most experienced and successful sports marketing exponents, Brian Sims, in partnership with Autosport.

The course consists of 12 modules and will use case studies from Sims’ prolific career, during which he acquired over £100 million in sponsorship.

Drivers will be able to tailor his examples to use them to meet not only their sponsorship needs, but those of potential sponsors.

It’s aimed at enabling healthy grid sizes throughout the season by giving British F4 drivers the knowledge, understanding and tools they require to obtain meaningful funding from sponsors.

Said Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager, Ford Performance Europe: “The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford provides a fair and level playing field for all competitors, from scrutineering to the parity of its Ford EcoBoost engines. The introduction of this sponsorship acquisition training course is an extension of this philosophy.

“The course will further ensure that British F4 drivers don’t have to be from the most affluent backgrounds to succeed on track and enhance the affordability of the UK’s highest profile junior single-seater series.”

Sims has masterminded some of the most lucrative and high-profile sponsorship deals in sport. For example, FedEx’s famous sponsorship of the Benetton Formula 1 team, which was the catalyst for the arrival of a host of companies from the same industry into Formula 1 such as DHL Express.

“Sponsorship acquisition is actually very simple, but people find it so difficult because they go about it in completely the wrong way,” explained Sims.

“This course will teach British F4 drivers how to go about the entire process the right way. It turns everything on its head and I can guarantee that having completed the course, they will increase their chance of getting sponsors on board.

“Drivers will learn how to equate a company’s needs with what they can offer so that they can provide a personalised proposal based on the prospective sponsor’s needs.

“The design and structure of the course is clean and simple to make it accessible for drivers. It’s very visual and can be completed in stages.”

Sims is also keen to stress four key reasons that make British F4 so attractive to sponsors: “Ford’s involvement gives huge credibility; the championship is on a realistic level budget wise – it’s affordable unlike so many other series; drivers compete on a level playing field in identical machinery; and finally British F4 offers a fantastic environment to develop B2B relationships.

“There is incredible scope for the creation of strategic alliances with Ford, its retailer network, as well as other championship partners such as Hankook, Snap-On and Samsung.”

Drivers looking to compete in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford or acquire further details about the sponsorship acquisition training course should contact championship coordinator Eve Lake-Grange via email.

Prospective entrants are encouraged to download the F4 British Championship brochure for more information, as well as the 2017 registration form below.

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British F4 to start 2017 in style at Autosport International

  • Ford EcoBoost-powered British F4 racer to take centre stage at Autosport International show.
  • Visitors will have the chance to drive British F4 car in Richardson Racing’s state-of-the-art simulator.

10 JANUARY, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is set to turn heads at the world-famous Autosport International racing car show at Birmingham’s NEC this week (12–15 January, 2017). The championship’s Ford EcoBoost-powered racer will have pride of place on the MSA stand at the show’s main entrance.

2017 marks a major milestone for Ford; it’s 50th consecutive year of supporting young motorsport talent. It also sees the introduction of the Ford F4 Challenge Cup which gives drivers the chance to compete for a £10,000 prize fund and prove they have got what it takes in the UK’s leading single-seater series for less than £100,000.

Visitors to Autosport International will have the chance to meet championship personnel and find out more about joining the grid for what promises to be another thrilling season.

In addition, they will be able to experience what it’s like to drive a British F4 race car by getting behind the wheel of Richardson Racing’s new state-of-the-art simulator on stand 6401.

The Richardson Racing team is gearing up for an exciting campaign in British F4 this year following the recent launch of its new workshop facilities in Corby. The successful launch saw the unveiling of their new simulator which will be available to British F4 drivers as part of their package with the team.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is the sole single-seater support series for the ever-popular British Touring Car Championship and will be contested over 30 rounds at the UK’s premier race circuits. As in previous years British F4 will enjoy live free-to-air TV coverage on ITV4 and bumper raceday spectator attendance. The 2017 season gets underway on 1/2 April at Brands Hatch.

For more information on the upcoming season please download the 2017 British F4 brochure.

SWB Motorsport back on the British F4 grid in 2017

16 DECEMBER, 2016 – Following a sabbatical in 2016, Daventry based F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford team SWB Motorsport will line up on the grid of the UK’s leading single-seater series in 2017.

The squad’s first season in the series yielded 14 podiums; two overall and 12 in the rookie cup with Rubens Barrichello prodigy Rafael Martins. The Brazilian showed that the team were capable of running at the front and was frequently at the sharp end of proceedings, finishing on a high with an overall podium at the Brands Hatch season finale.

On the back of a year away to concentrate on a new business venture which is now flourishing, Simon Baldry’s SWB Motorsport is back with a vengeance and ready to race in the UK’s most competitive single-seater series once again.

Said Baldry of his squad’s return: “2016 has been a busy year for us albeit in a slightly different field, but now that business is up and running successfully we are ready to turn our attentions to racing. We have the same top quality personnel; a very tightly knit and skilled set of lads and lasses and driver coaches who possess a wealth of experience.

“We have two cars and are looking forward to hearing from drivers with a genuine will to win from the outset. We are an experienced team that knows how to nurture new, young drivers who require the level of support and attention a two car team can easily give them.”

SWB Motorsport are based a stone’s throw away from Silverstone, the home of British motor racing and Formula 1. The outfit has its own fully equipped in-house fitness centre and simulator, both of which are free for its drivers to use.

Added Baldry: “We have a fitness coach and a sim engineer to make sure the drivers are at their peak all the time. By keeping as much in-house as possible, not only does it keep costs down for drivers, but it means we can teach them the things we know and the way in which we want them to work.

“The coaches our drivers work with are the same coaches that will be present at British F4 race weekends. This enables a far more effective and beneficial relationship to develop in comparison to if a driver coach was only available for the three days during a race weekend.”

Sponsors are also set to get an exhilarating taste of life in the fast lane whilst maximising return on investment according to Baldry: “We have a fleet of five EcoBoost-powered Formula Fords, as well as a two-seater model which sponsors and their guests can drive and make use of at our test track in Oxfordshire.

“Our cars can be branded in company colours and we have a host of additional options to enhance sponsor days and meet strategic activation objectives.  For us sponsorship is about so much more than just a sticker on a car.

“In addition to live television coverage on ITV4 to an audience of over 20 million during the ever-popular TOCA race weekends where British F4 stars alongside the BTCC, SWB Motorsport will have dedicated social media channels to connect with fans across digital platforms.”

Baldry is also keen to emphasise that his outfit is not looking to finish second to anyone in 2017 given the squad’s prodigious track record: “We had a great year in 2015 in MSA Formula,  following our success in Formula Ford and Formula Renault. Therefore we are looking for the best drivers to put us at the front again.

“We have copious amounts of data at our disposal. We’ve kept our hand in over the 2016 British F4 season to ensure we didn’t fall behind other teams and to prevent us from going into 2017 blind. We’re ready to hit the ground running.”

To find out more about SWB Motorsport’s comeback plans and for any information regarding racing with the team in 2017, please contact Simon Baldry by telephone on +44 (0) 1327 264 551 or via email which can be found in the British F4 teams section.

The team is set to begin a comprehensive testing programme from 1 February 2017 and is looking forward to beginning its exciting new chapter in motor racing with the hottest young prospects behind the wheel.