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.

DRIVER NEWS: James Pull finishes season on a high with a flawless win in F4 British Championship

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4 OCTOBER, 2016 – James Pull finished the season on a high with a brilliant win in the F4 British Championship at the weekend.

The 16-year-old Carlin racer ensured he left his mark on the competition in the final round at Brands Hatch GP, signing off with a win before following it up with seventh and fourth place finishes.

It was enough to see him finish fourth in the standings after playing his part in an exciting, close-fought title race which went down to the final weekend.

The ADD Motorsports driver is now looking forward to the next challenge in his highly-anticipated racing career.

He said: “I gave it my all, but even after winning the first race, other results meant there were not enough points left available for me to win the championship.

“To have been in the title fight all season and challenging for the title going into the final set of races was really exciting and I’ve been consistently among the podiums and wins which has been a great experience.

“I’m happy to finish in fourth and was delighted to be the one to get the points to bring home the Teams Cup for Carlin.”

Pull was fast in practice and in extremely difficult, wet conditions during qualifying, put on another pacey show to finish third – just half a tenth off pole. After a competitor was penalised for an infringement, he moved up to second.

In wet conditions, James got off to a brilliant start in the first race, getting in front of the leader going into Druids.

Not even the introduction of the safety car could slow him down, with a perfect re-start soon seeing him get a decent gap again and going onto win in style.

English driver Pull, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, managed to move up a position to sixth in the second race, but with the car unable to reach its full potential, he had to settle for seventh at the end.

The final race saw Pull start in third but drop down a place and despite his best efforts, he was unable to close the gap again for the rest of the race.

Pull finished just nine points behind third place with 291 points after some exciting battles that saw him fighting for the title until the very end.

The racer is now exploring his options for next season as he bids to continue on his exciting driving career.

He added: “It was great to win on such a prestigious track and end on such a positive note.

“I’d like to thank my parents for all their support and thank all the guys at Carlin for being such a great team. Also a special thank you to Fraser Sheader and Mark Berryman from ADD Motorsports, as well as to John Malvern and his team at PAP for the hard work from all of them. They have all been awesome this year.

“This season’s been a great learning curve and I’ve got some amazing racing experience and wins under my belt.

“We are close to finalising the plans for next season and I’m really looking forward to the next challenge.”

DRIVER NEWS: James Pull takes a brilliant win in F4 British Championship

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30 AUGUST, 2016 – James Pull took a dominant maiden victory in the F4 British Championship at Rockingham this weekend (27-28 Aug).

The 16-year-old Carlin racer blew away the competition in difficult wet conditions to take the fastest lap and then the win with an impressive five-second gap.

After taking his first pole the day before, it was a perfect start to the weekend.

And while he was unable to hit the same heights again after an unfortunate disqualification and a ninth place finish, it was enough to leave him positive in his fight for the title.

The ADD Motorsports backed driver said: “To come away with my first pole and my first win – and a convincing win at that – is a great feeling. It was my best ever race.

“Getting the first win under my belt has given me the confidence to get more wins and push on.

“While the last two results weren’t brilliant, the processes and race craft were still good. I made some great moves, took another fastest lap in the last race and was really rapid.

“There are so many positives to take away from the weekend.”

English driver Pull, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, topped the timesheet in the first pre-race testing session and finished second overall.

Pull then took this electrifying pace into qualifying, brilliantly securing his first pole of the season.

Going out on slicks, he went in to change to wets when it started raining, only to go back out on slicks again when it began to dry.

But he still managed to post the quickest time when he went back out – before an issue with the right rear suspension of the car forced him back into the pits almost immediately.

Unfortunately, it meant he was unable to put together a second fastest lap time which left him starting back in ninth for the final race.

Pull started well in the first race, expertly defending under sustained pressure during the first couple of laps.

But the Carlin driver stayed calm, slowly getting away from the rest of the field.

He built on his dominance as the race progressed, taking the fastest lap along the way.

And he managed to take the win in style by more than five seconds at the end and spark well-deserved celebrations.

Starting in eighth on the reverse grid of the second race, Pull pulled off a stunning late braking move to catch one driver and take fifth at the end.

But after the race he discovered he had been excluded for overtaking under safety car boards and flags in the heat of the race.

Starting in ninth in the final race, he was left with damage to the wing of the car after an incident on the third lap.

He still managed to put in some super-fast times, taking the fastest lap, before the damage to the car began to take hold and slow him down.

It meant there was nothing he could do as he lost the places he had gained and finished in ninth.

But the fantastic win left Pull in fourth place in the standings with six races to go and all to play for still.

He added: “It’s taken a long time and a lot of hard work to get this win after lots of podiums this season. I want to thank Carlin and ADD Motorsports for all their help and support. The car felt amazing.

“The disqualification in the second race was disappointing. The safety boards at Rockingham are far away and I was concentrating on a battle I was in with another driver and missed them. It was frustrating, but an honest mistake.

“There are two rounds to go and I think I have a really good chance of winning a few races.

“If I can do that, I’ll hopefully be right up there battling it out for the title.”

British F4 racer James Pull to make step up to F3

22 AUGUST, 2016 – James Pull is to make the step up to F3 in it’s final round of the season at Donington Park with Carlin and will replace last season’s FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain Lando Norris who cannot attend the event. The 16-year-old’s move to the next stage up the single-seater ladder another shining example of how the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is the ideal starting point in single-seaters; testament to British F4’s ability to prepare and propel drivers up the motorsport ladder.

In 2016 Pull has been one to watch with Carlin in the F4 British Championship and currently sits joint fourth overall in the standings with nine races still to come this season. His speed and consistency has been further underlined by an impressive tally of six podium finishes and two fastest laps over the course of what has been a competitive year in the F4 British Championship. He lies just 22 points adrift of top spot and is firmly in contention to become the FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

Said Pull ahead of his first taste of Formula 3 machinery: “It’s going to be a challenge but I’m ready for it. I have done some testing in an F3 car and my times have been good so I’m excited to be getting this opportunity. The race is at Donington which is my favourite track so that’s an added bonus for me. If I can get a couple of good results I’ll show my potential for next season.”

Said Carlin racing director Trevor Carlin: “We are delighted to welcome James [Pull] to the British Formula Three team in place of Lando [Norris] who cannot be with us. We’ve watched James develop and drive well over the course of the season in the British Formula 4 car and we’re pleased to give him the opportunity to race with us at Donington in the British Formula 3 car.”

Fraser Sheader, director of performance and management team ADD Motorsports added: “It’s a great opportunity for James to sample F3, as it’s certainly one of his options for next year. He’s had a brilliant season, finishing consistently on the podiums and he is in with a real shout of the title. We think he’s ready for the step-up and confident he will hit the ground running.”

DRIVER NEWS: James Pull battles in race for the F4 British Championship title

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16 AUGUST, 2016 – James Pull took more crucial points in the race for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford title at Knockhill last weekend (13-14 Aug).

The 16-year-old Carlin racer made up numerous positions in each race to finish sixth, fifth and seventh in the three races.

But in a weekend where qualifying caused a problem, the ADD Motorsports driver was happy to leave just 22 points off the leader and remain firmly in the hunt for the Championship.

He said: “I was happy to pick up the points, but disappointed with how events unfolded this weekend.

“I was in P1 in final practice and running P1 in qualifying on wets, but with a few laps to go the track dried and I was not able to get a lap in on slicks and ended up in 13th.  It set the scene for the whole weekend as it put me further down the grid than we should have been based on our lap times on Friday.

“But I’m just 22 points behind top spot and I’m going to keep fighting all the way. There are still nine races left and a lot of points available.”

English driver James, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, was quick in free practice, topping the times in one session and looking set for another podium-packed weekend.

He took this pace into qualifying – and was sitting in P1 on wets until the track began to dry out.

With many other drivers having pitted for slicks, track conditions went away from him, and a number of other title contenders, leaving him back in 13th.

However, in race one, despite two safety cars halting his progress, James expertly made up seven positions and was just one place away from securing pole for the reverse grid of the second race.

Instead, he started seventh but showed his growing maturity by avoiding a number of collisions to fight his way back to fifth.

James started eighth in the final race, but lost two places at the start. Again, he fought back well, pulling off a brilliant overtaking move on his way to a seventh place finish.

It left him joint fourth in the standings with all to play for.

He added: “To be where I was in free practice and at the beginning of qualifying and drop those places when the track dried out was the most disappointing aspect of the weekend.

“Despite this, I know the speed is there and I am very happy with my racecraft.

“We are still in there fighting for the title and I am very confident going into Rockingham in two weeks time.

“There’s a long way to go and it’s really exciting.”

DRIVER NEWS: Two more podiums for Pull in F4 British Championship

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James Pull took two podiums as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford got back underway after its six week summer break.

The 16-year-old Carlin racer was quickly back into the groove at Snetterton after the mid-season break, with excellent times in testing and qualifying.

He then made it count when it mattered with a brilliant second-place and third-place finish.

It meant the ADD Motorsports-supported driver closed the gap to the top of the standings to just 19 points.

He said: “It was a really good weekend. I got a good qualifying lap in and was back among the podiums.

“But for me the most pleasing thing about the weekend was that I showed good race craft in the second race.

“I set up the move to take second for around a lap, pressuring the driver in front to make a mistake before taking him on the inside with a lap to go.

“To get two podiums straight away after this long break was a good result and has put me in a great place in the Championship.”

English driver Pull, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, cut a determined figure from the off – finishing third fastest in the first testing session and fastest in the second.

He took this pace into qualifying, finishing third on the only clear lap he was able to put in – but felt pole was there for the taking had he not been forced onto the wet on his flying lap.

Race one was interrupted by several safety cars, leaving only four racing laps.

When the racing resumed, Pull attempted to attack the driver in front who defended well, but he had to settle for third place at the flag.

Pull finished just behind DeFrancesco – with Carlin’s double podium bringing the jubilant team’s total podium count to an impressive 800.

The driver started the reverse grid of race two in sixth place and had moved into fifth early on after a good start.

He took advantage when the drivers in front clashed to move into third and then spent a lap setting up an attack to try to take second.

His patience and pressure paid off, with Pull making a brilliant move to take the position with a lap to go.

Pull began the final race in fifth place but lost 10 positions when he had to take evasive action onto the grass at the first corner. His race was then brought to a premature end due to contact from behind.

Pull started the weekend 31 points behind the championship leader, but now lies just 19 points behind in fifth.

He added: “I’m in a really good position now. I’m a lot closer to the top and after this weekend I am even more confident that I can challenge for the title.

“Obviously there’s a long way to go, but I plan to keep picking up the podiums to keep me up there.”

DRIVER NEWS: James Pull picks up more points in F4 British Championship title race

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21 JUNE, 2016 – James Pull picked up more precious points at Croft to stay in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford title hunt. The 16-year-old raced brilliantly to remain third in the overall standings.

After turning on the pace during testing once again, he staged impressive comebacks to finish fifth, sixth and eighth on a track notoriously difficult to overtake on.

And the ADD Motorsports-supported racer was delighted to have done more than enough to keep him in the battle for the title at the half-way stage of the Championship.

He said: “I’m third at the half way stage and right in the mix for the title.

“We know the pace is there and my decisions and driving have been really good.

“I was hit by another driver in the first race and the car was badly damaged, but I never come in if I can still get the car around the track as anything can happen.  In this instance, I got the car back from 15th to eighth so I’m happy to pick up the points for that.

“I was also happy with my race in the wet. It was very difficult to see anything starting from 11th but I managed my way through the spray up to 6th for a good end to the weekend.”

James took to Croft quickly, finishing with the third fastest lap overall in testing.

But the English driver, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, had an issue in qualifying that saw him finishing in ninth and 11th.

Race one got off to the worst possible start after the teen was hit by another driver at the last corner of lap one, leaving him back in 15th.

However, he fought back brilliantly, expertly overtaking two drivers on the final lap to finish in eighth.

He started in eighth on the reverse grid of race two, again showing some clever overtaking moves to gain three positions and finish fifth by the end.

But it was in the wet of the third race that James put on his best performance.

Starting in 11th, he managed to make up five places through the race to finish in sixth.

It leaves James in third in the standings and just 11 points off second, with a six-week break to the next race – enabling him to finish his exams and recharge his batteries.

He added: “I’m driving well, but know I could still do better.

“We have six weeks off now giving us a chance to work on things and hopefully I’ll come back even stronger.”

DRIVER NEWS: James Pull puts on best performance of the season in F4 British Championship

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7 JUNE, 2016 – James Pull put on his best performance of the season to finish second at Oulton Park in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford.

The 16-year-old Carlin racer did everything he could to take the win in the second race, but was unable to find a way through on a notoriously difficult track to overtake.

Although it was enough to propel him into third place in the Championship, the ADD Motorsports-supported driver believes he can get even better with some fine-tuning.

He said: “It feels great to get my first second place this season.

“I tried everything to overtake the winner but I just couldn’t get past him. It’s a really difficult track to overtake on.

“I had a good weekend, but it could have been better. Qualifying is something we’re really working on at the moment and if we can get that right, I’m sure I can close the gap at the top of the Championship.”

James got the weekend off to the best possible start, finishing in P1 and P2 during testing.

But the English driver, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, couldn’t get a clear lap in again during qualifying, ending up in sixth place.

James started the first race in sixth and with no chances to overtake was content to finish in the same position and rack up some more points.

On the reverse grid of race two, however, he put on a brilliant performance for his best finish of the season so far.

Starting in third, he was up-to second by lap four after a mistake by the leader took him out of the race.

Time and time again, James tried to find a way past the new leader, running side by side with him on several occasions down the main straight.

But every time he came close to getting the breakthrough his driving and pace  deserved, the leader’s defence remained resolute, leaving a frustrated James in second by the end.

The third race was similar to the first, although the racer did manage to move up one position from sixth to finish in fifth through a well-timed move.

It leaves James in third place in the Championship – just five points off second place and 27 off first.

He added: “I gave it everything in race two, I couldn’t have done any more. I felt I had the pace on him but he defended well.

“My pace is there and I feel confident, so if I can just get qualifying right everything will hopefully click into place.

“I know the win isn’t far away and I am in a good position in the Championship.”

DRIVER NEWS: Plenty of points for Pull after strong performance in British F4

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10 MAY, 2016 – James Pull was satisfied with his consistency after picking up plenty of points at Thruxton in the F4 British Championship.

The 16-year-old Carlin driver was unlucky to finish just outside the podium in each race of the recently rebranded competition.

But after finishing fourth, sixth and seventh, his haul of points still left him fighting for the title and just 14 points off the leader.

Now the ADD Motorsports-supported racer hopes to add some wins to his performances as the Championship hots up.

He said: “The third race was difficult but fantastic to be involved in. I had used my newer tyres in the previous race so to be running in a tight front five thriller and finishing fourth, with older tyres, was pleasing.

“I was satisfied with my consistency and it’s nice to get a load of points on the board, but now I want to push on for some wins.”

With testing taking place last month, it was straight into qualifying for James – the English driver, born in Singapore, now living in Herts.

Unfortunately, he was unable to get a clear lap in, ending up in sixth place.

James got off to a good start in the first race, moving into fourth from sixth and soon battling to get into third.

But a collision with another driver put him back in sixth and he was unable to get back into a podium-fighting position.

James began the next race in second place on the reverse grid and kept his position going into the second lap. Frustratingly, he was hit and spun by another driver which pushed him down to fifteenth place. With a number of incidents requiring safety cars though, the racer did well to pull himself back to seventh by the end.

James started sixth but finished fourth in what was the most thrilling race of the weekend.

One of five drivers battling for the lead, James playing his part in what was to become a much talked about race.

The points left James in fifth in the standings and just 14 points off the leader.

He added: “Now I just want to keep looking forward, learn from my mistakes, focus on the positives and hopefully the win is just around the corner.”

DRIVER NEWS: James Pull shows his racing skills after two fourth place finishes in Ford British F4

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DRIVER NEWS 19 APRIL, 2016 – James Pull was determined to take the positives away after narrowly missing out on a podium at Donington in Ford British F4.

The 16-year-old Carlin driver finished in fourth place twice and was pushing hard for the win in the other race when he suffered technical problem with four laps to go.

After three podiums on the opening weekend at Brands Hatch, he was unlucky not to add to his tally.

The ADD Motorsports-supported racer remained upbeat after some fast lap times in practice and excellent racing across the weekend.

He said: “Everything is so tight that the smallest things can impact your whole weekend. We were unlucky with qualifying, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes.

“We were the fastest in practice but left it a little too late in qualifying and did not get the pole we were aiming for.

“There wasn’t a lot I could do with my fourth places in the races, I drove well in both, made up places, but couldn’t get into a position to challenge the leaders.

“I was in second with four laps to go when my gears stuck in third, leaving me unable to continue. I was quick and had a good chance for the win so it was frustrating.

“We could be leading the Championship now, but we are still fourth and not far away, so we will have to come back even stronger in the next race.”

James – the English driver, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, again posted the fastest time in practice – after doing the same at Brands Hatch earlier this month.

The team kept to the same strategy in qualifying that worked very successfully at Brands Hatch two weeks before,  but the cold weather and Donington track meant it was difficult to warm the tyres up sufficiently and with the clock running down he struggled to get a good lap time in, qualifying in sixth and ninth place.

A hail storm made conditions difficult and visibility poor in race one. But James got off to a good start and drove well, getting into fourth place where he remained for the rest of the race.  With the leading three drivers consistently fast and not making mistakes, James was unable to push on further for a podium, despite setting the fastest lap of the race.

James started the second race in fourth place and did well to overtake to get into second place during an incident-packed race that saw several collisions.

A perfect restart after a safety car saw him stay in second and in a good position to take on the leader, when his gears stuck in third gear leaving him unable to finish.

He started the final race in seventh and had moved into fifth by the first turn after another confident start.

He got into fourth, but again was unable make up time to the leaders to take a podium.

However, James drops just two places to fourth in the standings thanks to his fourth place finishes and heads to Thruxton just 20 points off the leader.

He added: “I felt I did as well as I could throughout the weekend, so I was happy with my overall performance.

“My driving and restarts were good and I was very pleased with my overtaking.

“It’s a shame I didn’t come away with at least a podium, but we feel that if we continue like this we will still be really strong and up there fighting for the title at the end of the season.”