Harry Dyson makes switch to British F4 with JHR Developments and BMR Academy

12 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Harry Dyson will make the step up to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost for the remainder of 2017 and contest the 2018 season, after agreeing a deal with BMR Racing to join its BMR Academy in association with JHR Developments.

Dyson, who turns 15 today, has been no stranger to success with JHR Developments this year. He took his maiden win in cars at the opening round of the 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship at Brands Hatch and followed it up with an array of top five finishes, having previously spent several years cutting his teeth in karting.

“I am looking forward to switching to the F4 British Championship for the last two meetings of the season,” said Dyson. “It’s been a challenging year, but I feel very lucky to be joining the BMR Academy as the next step in my development.

“Being part of the BMR Academy and continuing with JHR Developments means I embark upon this next chapter with the best support which will give me the chance to race at the front.“

“I am delighted to have Harry on board,” commented BMR Racing team principal Warren Scott. “He has demonstrated what he is capable of this year and I am very pleased that with the partnership of JHR Developments we can make his step up to the F4 British Championship a reality.

“I am confident that the BMR Academy will give him the ideal platform to learn and we all look forward to supporting him in his future development.”

The BMR Academy is a driver development programme created by BMR Racing to assist drivers in progressing to the British Touring Car Championship. Drivers who have benefitted from this support include BMR Racing’s very own BTCC driver Ash Sutton.

Dyson will follow in the single-seater footsteps of Sutton, who took the 2014 Formula Ford Rookie title and a host of victories in the series which evolved into the F4 British Championship.

The pair have already struck up a close working relationship with Sutton providing extensive driver coaching to Dyson. Further support will come from fellow British F4 graduate Billy Monger who will be heavily involved in telemetry and data analysis.

“Harry proved himself in the Ginetta Junior Championship earlier this year and we recently gave him the opportunity to test the British F4 car alongside Manuel Sulaimán,” explained JHR Developments team manager Jules Phillips.

“It’s fair to say he outperformed all our expectations. Harry has made the decision to switch to the F4 British Championship for the rest of the season and it’s a great chance for him to get up to speed ahead of a championship challenge next year.”

“Harry is an exciting prospect and a fantastic addition to the F4 British Championship,” added championship manager David Lowe. “His impressive performances in karting and cars suggest he has all the attributes to succeed in the series.

“He underlined his potential in an official test at Silverstone last week when he lapped within a second of the quickest time, despite being up against drivers with far more experience.

“Not only has Harry demonstrated pace behind the wheel, he takes his training and responsibilities out of the car very seriously and at JHR Developments he finds himself part of a team which has a proven track record in British F4.”

Dyson’s competitive debut in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series will be at Silverstone this weekend (16/17 September, 2017).

Swedish single-seater champion Linus Lundqvist joins 2017 F4 British Championship

  • Linus Lundqvist becomes first Double R Racing signing of 2017.
  • Rapid 17-year-old aiming to mount major British F4 title bid.
  • Formula STCC Nordic and NEZ Champion relishing UK debut.

30 JANUARY, 2017 – Highly rated Swedish single-seater champion Linus Lundqvist will race in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford in 2017, competing for Double R Racing.

17-year-old Lundqvist stormed to glory in the Scandinavian-based Formula STCC Nordic championship in 2016, winning 10 out of 14 races, as well as the North European Zone title.

In 2017 the Stockholm resident will set about his biggest challenge to date, leaving the Swedish arena to go head to head with some of motor racing’s most promising prospects in the UK’s official FIA Formula 4 series.

Lundqvist will take to the grid with Woking-based outfit Double R Racing and is eager to make a name for himself in the UK’s leading single-seater championship.

“It’s great to be able to take this step and to measure myself against the competition in the F4 British Championship,” said Lundqvist.

“This has been my target since winning the Formula STCC Nordic title last autumn, and I’m equally thrilled and grateful that we’ve made this happen along with Double R Racing.

“To be competing in single-seaters in Britain, in the heart of motorsport, is definitely a dream come true for me.”

Lundqvist has already got plenty of Ford EcoBoost-powered miles under his belt having tested the British F4 racer for three days at Silverstone, topping the times on each occasion at the home of the British Grand Prix.

“Testing has been very, very positive,” added Lundqvist. “It was all brand new to me; the car, the track, the tyres and the team, but the guys at Double R Racing have been fantastic and really helped me to acclimatise.

“This will be a big challenge for me, having only raced on the narrow tracks in Scandinavia, but I hope to be fighting for wins before too long.

“I want to establish myself abroad and prove what I can do, and to that end I’m sure British Formula 4 is the right path. I really am extremely excited and I can’t wait for the first race!”

Formed in 2004, Double R Racing currently fields cars in British F4 and F3; winning the F3 drivers’ title with British F4 graduate Matheus Leist in 2016.

The crack Double R Racing team claimed four wins last year in the F4 British Championship with Australian youngster Zane Goddard, who also added four more podium finishes to his tally over the course of the season.

Among those to have raced for the squad are the likes of Bruno Senna, Felipe Nasr and Lundqvist’s countryman Marcus Ericsson of the Sauber F1 team.

“I have to say that I’m genuinely impressed by what I’ve seen of Linus this winter,” said Double R Racing team boss Anthony ”Boyo” Hieatt.

“Testing went incredibly well. He turned up for the first time at Silverstone, a tough track with a lot of fast corners, and he immediately set the pace.

“He comes highly recommended by some people and I firmly believe that we’ll be running right at the front with Linus this year.

“I’d expect us to fight for race wins and the title, and we’re all excited to have Linus on board.”

A packed pre-season testing schedule begins in earnest this week on Friday 3 February at Oulton Park. Drivers will aim to get to grips with their Ford EcoBoost-powered machines ahead of the first meeting of the season which will take place at Double R’s ‘home’ track Brands Hatch, on 1/2 April.

2017 will once again see the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford star alongside the BTCC, as the sole single-seater support series on the live-televised TOCA package.

Images by Mattias Persson / Linus Lundqvist Racing.

Williams’ Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley looks to British F4 for Formula 1’s next generation

18 JANUARY, 2017 – Williams’ Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley spent time with the F4 British Championship on the MSA stand at the Autosport International show, to see where Formula 1’s next generation of drivers and engineers are coming from.

Early in his career Smedley gained valuable experience in the BTCC; the championship which British F4 is the sole single-seater support series for on the live-televised TOCA package.

The man from Middlesbrough who has risen through the ranks with successful spells at Stewart Grand Prix, Jordan Grand Prix and Scuderia Ferrari enthused about the talent emerging from the UK’s most competitive single-seater championship: “Williams is always looking for talent, both driving and engineering, throughout the spectrum of the lower formula.

“We look at British F4 for these talents. As far as we are concerned, the earlier we can get them on our books the better.

“The fact that British F4 has OEM backing gives it added credibility. Having any blue-chip company involved definitely helps in this respect.

“The British F4 cars are great. They are well engineered and ideal for young drivers to cut their teeth in.”

The F4 British Championship is the UK’s official FIA F4 series and Smedley paid testament to the opportunities for development it provides: “At this level of motorsport British F4 is the best when you consider the costs involved and what drivers are going to get out of competing in the championship.

“British F4 allows them to hone their race skills. It gives them the chance to learn about both engineering and driving, and this works really well.”