TEAM NEWS: Final race heartbreak for Harry Webb and Richardson Racing

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3 OCTOBER, 2017 – Harry Webb endured a heart-breaking end to his F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford campaign at Brands Hatch after missing out on the Challenge Cup title in the 30th and final race of the season.

The Norfolk racer went into the weekend level on points in the race for the championship crown and aware that he had to beat chief rival Hampus Ericsson across the three races due to the Swede’s superior win record.

Harry qualified 18th on the grid for the opening race, leaving him with work to do in his bid for the Challenge Cup, with Ericsson lining up inside the top ten.

Moving up into third in class on the opening lap, the Richardson Racing ace then moved ahead of Ericsson when he ran off track on the third lap, with the pair running together for the remainder of the race.

Despite Ericsson’s best efforts, Harry kept his rival at bay to take eleventh overall and second in class; enabling him to move ahead in the race for the title.

An accident early in the second race forced officials to halt proceedings, with Harry then lining up 13th overall and fourth in class for the restart.

Holding position on the opening lap, Harry saw his chance to extend his points advantage on lap two, fighting ahead of Ericsson into third and then passing Lucca Allen for second in class.

Pulling away from the pair behind, Harry again finished second amongst the Challenge Cup drivers and matched his overall result from race to go nine points clear in the standings ahead of the finale.

Starting from 16th on the grid for the final race, Harry was aware of the need to fight his way forwards in order to maintain his advantage in the points, and he rocketed away from the line when the lights went out.

Sadly for Harry however, he was squeezed towards the pitwall by rival Jamie Sharp and was powerless to avoid contact with fellow Challenge Cup racer Allen – with the damage to the car forcing him to return to the pits.

Despite the best efforts of the team, it soon became apparent that the damage couldn’t be repaired, leaving Harry with his only retirement of the season.

With Ericsson picking up the points needed to overhaul him in the points, it means Harry ends the year as the Challenge Cup vice-champion with an impressive record of four wins and 20 podiums, and eleventh in the overall championship standings.

“I think we did all that we could have done this weekend, but sadly it wasn’t enough,” he said. “I was on the back foot after qualifying but in the first two races, I really pushed hard to get ahead of Hampus and build a lead to take into the final race.

“What happened at the start was completely out of my hands and I don’t know what else I could have done. I made a good start when the lights went out and was alongside Sharp and he just kept on coming over; I had nowhere to go.

“Of course it’s disappointing to get so close to the title and then have our chance to win it taken away like that, but overall I’m pleased with the way the season has gone.

“I can’t thank the team enough for giving me the opportunity and I wouldn’t have been on the grid without their support. It’s just a shame that I couldn’t bring them the title at the end of it.”

Ericsson clinches Ford F4 Challenge Cup title as Quinn signs off with win in season finale

  • Ericsson seals Ford F4 Challenge Cup with ninth win in Class and storming drive to take third place in the race.
  • Quinn finishes campaign on a high by taking his fourth victory of 2017.
  • Lundqvist stars on podium for 11th time this season.

1 OCTOBER, 2017 – TRS Arden and Alex Quinn seized the opportunity from pole to wrap up the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost on a high at Brands Hatch with victory in the season finale. Fortec Motorsports and Hampus Ericsson had plenty to celebrate too, after an inspired drive from the Swede to clinch the Ford F4 Challenge Cup and with it free entry to the 2018 F4 British Championship (worth £15,000).

Quinn was made to work hard for victory by fellow front row starter Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist. The pair were side by side into turn one, with Quinn doing enough to boldly hold on to the lead.

Lundqvist appeared the faster of the two in the early stages, his tyres coming up to temperature quicker and the Swede put Quinn under considerable pressure.

Quinn weathered the storm, finding a rhythm as the race progressed, enabling him to pull out a gap to Lundqvist. A gap that would stand at 2.380s at the chequer and see Quinn overtake Lundvist for fourth in the standings by just half a point.

“Win number four the season feels so good,” said Quinn. “The second half of the race was really enjoyable when I was pulling away out front from Lundqvist.

“He was on tyres that were more used than mine and that meant he was able to get them up to temperature quicker than me, which made for a tricky opening few laps. Once my tyres were up to temperature I got into a good groove and was able to pull away.

“This was a really important race for me because I wanted to end the season on a high. After the disappointment of yesterday, other than qualifying on pole for this race, it’s great to bounce back like this.

“My time in British F4 has helped me improve as a driver massively and it’s been crucial in my career. I raced in British F3 last weekend and the step is huge.

“I would not recommend any driver go from karting to F3, but I would strongly recommend any young driver to make their first step into single-seaters with British F4. It prepares you perfectly for the categories further up the motorsport ladder.

“The F4 British Championship is an ideal way to transition into racing cars and a brilliant stepping stone for any aspiring professional racer.”

“I nearly got another win,” said Lundqvist. “Coming second today and winning a race yesterday makes for a pretty good weekend overall. Losing fourth place to Quinn in the standings by half a point is a bit frustrating though.

“With us starting alongside each other on the front row, the stage was set for a battle. We were side by side into turn one and it was a case of whoever came out in front would likely take the victory and fourth in the championship.

“I have no doubt that this year in British F4 has provided me with the perfect foundation to progress up the FIA single-seater pyramid.

“I’ve shown really strong pace all year. Although the standings might not show it due to the bad luck we’ve encountered, we have been one the front-runners in this championship.

“Five wins is still a great tally for the season. Nine fastest laps, more than any other driver, is also an achievement I’m very proud of.

“It’s great to see fellow Swede Hampus Ericsson get the Ford F4 Challenge Cup title. Many congratulations to him. Hopefully it will provide the springboard for him to fight for the British F4 title in 2018. I think both of us have represented Sweden well this year in the most competitive junior single-seater series.”

There was drama at the start with contact between Lucca Allen and Harry Webb ending the races of both drivers, as well as effectively ending Webb’s Ford F4 Challenge Cup bid.

It was a frustrating end to the campaign for the Richardson Racing driver who came into the final race of the season with every chance of taking the Ford F4 Challenge Cup title after building a nine point lead over Saturday’s two races.

Although the job may have been made much easier for Ericsson, the Swede was far from content with just carefully bringing his car home.

Determined to take the title in style he put on a supreme display of wheel-to-wheel driving with some excellent overtakes to equal his best result of the year; a third place finish having started seventh.

Ericsson was promoted to the podium spot in the latter stages following Logan Sargeant’s uncharacteristic error which sent the American out of the race and with it his chances of becoming vice champion.

Third place saw Ericsson beat Olli Caldwell to the top step of the rostrum and ensure his ninth Class win of the campaign; more than any other driver.

“It was a really good race and I’m so happy with my performance,” said an ecstatic Ericsson. “To secure the Ford F4 Challenge Cup with a win in the Class is special.

“I didn’t know Webb had retired. I just focused on doing my own race and working my way up the order to get on the podium.

“My brother Marcus phoned me from Malaysia before the Grand Prix. He said to just focus on my race and not worry about anything else or overthink things. That’s exactly what I did and now I’m standing here as Ford F4 Challenge Cup champion!

“My first race of the season at Donington Park in April was the hardest one and since then I have just got better and better. To end the season with a third place overall is fantastic too.

“Now I can say I won the Challenge Cup in British F4 in my rookie season and that’s something I’m so proud of. I can build on this success to reach greater heights in my career. I want to come back next year and fight for the British F4 title.”

The accolade of vice champion went to fifth-place finisher Oscar Piastri following a superb season which saw him take to the podium 15 times, including six victories. The TRS Arden Aussie has thrilled fans in 2017, marrying speed with consistency, and firmly signalled to the single-seater fraternity that he is a star of the future.

Piastri found himself sandwiched on the final race classification between the Carlin duo of Patrik Pasma and 2017 FIA British Formula 4 Champion Jamie Caroline. The former making up four places during proceedings, meanwhile Caroline slowed dramatically as he crossed the finish line costing him a fourth place finish.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 30 Brands Hatch GP 1 October 2017
13 laps / 31.63 miles
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 20m 50.157s / 91.09mph
2 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +2.380s
3 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +10.764s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +20.208s
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +20.612s
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +20.944s
7 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +21.455s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +21.864s
9 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden +24.665s
10 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +24.891s etc.

Fastest lap: Linus Lundqvist 1m 27.534s / 100.07mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Ericsson; Caldwell

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 442 points; 2 Piastri 376.5; 3 Sargeant 356; 4 Quinn 307; 5 Lundqvist 306.5; 6 York 274.5; 7 Simmons 257.5; 8 Pasma 167.5; 9 Massaad 83; 10 Ericsson 69 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Ericsson 367.5 points; 2 Webb 351.5; 3 York 304.5; 4 Caldwell 302; 5 Allen 201; 6 Monger 100

Full results

Caroline and Piastri go head-to-head for British F4 title

28 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Winningest driver, highest number of wins in a season, most consecutive victories, and first person to win all three races in one meeting in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. Jamie Caroline has made a habit of breaking records in 2017. Yet for all he has achieved, one accolade eludes him. The title.

Nevertheless, he arrives at Brands Hatch this weekend with one hand firmly on the crown. A 67.5 point lead with a maximum of 75 available means Oscar Piastri must finish first or second to take the fight on to the penultimate race, and even then a sixth or 10th place respectively for Caroline would be enough to see the Carlin ace crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

Count Piastri out at your peril though. A remarkable run of 21 consecutive point scoring finishes, as well as three double pole positions and six victories (second only to Caroline’s 10) underlining the Aussie’s exceptional speed and consistency.

Time and time again the TRS Arden driver has done exactly what he has needed to do; performing under pressure, just as he did when winning last time out from Caroline to force a showdown this weekend.

Brands Hatch has been a happy hunting ground for Caroline; the scene of his breakthrough first win in the series on Finals Day last season. Fast forward six months to April at the Indy circuit, and Caroline and Piastri set the tone for their seasons. Caroline qualified on pole and raced to victory in the first and third races of the weekend. Piastri qualified alongside him on the front row and brought home a brace of podiums.

The fight to claim the inaugural Ford F4 Challenge Cup looks set to go down to the wire. Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson and Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb arrive tied on 315.5 points, with Ericsson ahead by virtue of his eight Class wins to Webb’s four.

Ericsson’s Silverstone weekend was crucial. Two further Challenge Cup wins to make him winningest driver in the Class, coupled with a dogged effort to bring his wounded car home in the final race, has seen him claw his way to the top.

With not enough races remaining for Webb to equal Ericsson’s win tally, Webb must outscore Ericsson over the course of this weekend to take the title. Fail to do so and the Ford F4 Challenge Cup, as well as the lucrative prize of free entry to next year’s championship (worth £15,000), is Ericsson’s. Webb arguably faces the tougher task of the two, having last competed at Knockhill, while Ericsson arrives with the wind firmly in his sails.

The battle for the Teams’ Cup is finely poised too with heavyweights Carlin and TRS Arden in contention. Between them in 2017, the two squads have won 22 of the 27 races contested prior to this weekend.

Carlin are in pole position to take the title for the third year in a row with a 103 point lead. It means that if TRS Arden fail to reduce the gap to Carlin by at least 17 points in the opener, the boys and girls in blue will be celebrating a historic hat-trick.

Logan Sargeant has played a pivotal role in Carlin’s title tilt. The American’s season finally hitting the kind of heights many predicted after the summer break. He followed up his maiden victory at Rockingham with another win just a fortnight ago, after pulling off one of the overtakes of the season when he ran around the outside of Caroline to snatch the lead. Although Sargeant is out of contention for the drivers’ title he could still be a key player, doing his team-mate a favour by taking points away from Piastri.

TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn was the other victor at Silverstone. The 16-year-old followed up his 2016 British F4 Rookie title triumph at the home of British Motor Racing with another masterful performance. TRS Arden will want more of the same from their Cornish ace to take the fight to Carlin.

Ayrton Simmons and Olli Caldwell will also need to deliver for the Banbury outfit. Brands Hatch has happy memories for Simmons. The scene of his maiden victory in the series at the beginning of the year. While Caldwell arrives on a high having returned to the top step of the Ford F4 Challenge Cup podium at Silverstone.

Elsewhere in the Challenge Cup, Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen made it a hat-trick of second place finishes in the Class two weeks ago. The best weekend of his fledgling single-seater career also saw him come tantalisingly close to his first top 10 finish.

Sam Smelt and GW Motorsport have consistently had the pace to fight for top 10 finishes and that’s what they did once again at Silverstone. Expect more of the same from them, with Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport), Patrik Pasma (Carlin), Lucas Alecco Roy (Carlin), as well as the JHR duo of Manuel Sulaiman and Harry Dyson looking to get in on the top 10 party. The latter acquitted himself well on his Ford EcoBoost debut a fortnight ago. A 12th place finish after a battling drive up through the order, a particular highlight.

Linus Lundqvist will want to banish memories of a disastrous opening weekend at Brands Hatch, plagued by technical difficulties which saw him fail to score a single point. The super Swede has been one of the stars of the season and arrives with one goal: to add to his tally of race wins. His Double R Racing team-mate Karl Massaad will have wins on his mind too, having already starred on the podium in 2017.

In addition to battling for Ford F4 Challenge Cup honours with Ericsson, Fortec Motorsports will be want to bring home even more silverware with Oliver York and Johnathan Hoggard. York has become a regular podium fixture since his maiden win at Knockhill, while Hoggard finally made it onto the rostrum last time out after an inspired drive.

York targets top three in F4 British Championship

  • York switches from Ford F4 Challenge Cup to contest remainder of British F4 season.
  • Intensive training programme with APSM and iZone during summer break sees talented teenager brimming with confidence.

25 JULY, 2017 – Oliver York has been a standout performer in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup with seven wins and seven second place finishes in class, and this season’s leading rookie has big ambitions as he embarks upon the second half of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign. The Fortec Motorsports racer will switch from the Challenge Cup and focus his efforts on the overall championship in a bid to climb up the table from seventh and consistently fight at the front for race wins.

Although his Challenge Cup success has put him at the top of the class standings by a margin of 40 points, York’s motivation for turning his attention solely to the overall championship is clear: “Top three in the championship is my aim,” said York. “That’s what I’m working towards in the second half of the season.

“I believe I can achieve that and that’s why I have chosen to switch from the Challenge Cup to compete in all the remaining races this season. At the beginning of the year everyone aims to be in the top three and at the front. If you can take the title it’s a bonus.”

Andy Priaulx Sports Management (APSM) and iZone Driver Performance have been honing York’s skills behind the wheel during the summer break in an effort to help him fulfil his ambitions and prepare for a frenetic two months which will see the 16-year-old contest 16 races.

“The team at APSM and iZone have been working with me so I can hit the ground running. Both in terms of fitness and track knowledge. I’ve spent a lot of time in the simulator and focused on learning the remaining circuits on the calendar.

“APSM and iZone believe in me. We all want to get that first British F4 win under our belts. We’ve already achieved a lot, including podiums and a pole position, but my first race win is the next big target. It’s the only thing that’s missing.”

Further support has come from his those around him in the Fortec Motorsports team. Namely guidance from his engineer Dan Mitchell, team owner Richard Dutton and team manager Ollie Dutton who have created an environment in which York believes both he and his team-mates can excel.

“At Fortec we always want to achieve top results, but the team also tries to create an enjoyable atmosphere to help take the pressure off,” said York. “There are other things beyond just the racing. They understand that and create a relaxed environment for drivers which really helps while everyone works towards the same goal. We want to win, but we want to have fun while doing it.

“Oulton Park didn’t go to plan because we didn’t do any testing beforehand and I missed half of the first practice session because of a school exam,” explained York, reflecting on the ups and downs in his maiden Ford EcoBoost-powered season. “At Croft we were really fast in the dry, but then it rained in qualifying which threw us a bit.

“My pole position at Thruxton is my biggest achievement so far. The second place at Donington Park was also pretty special. I could have perhaps won that race. Jamie Caroline and I were trading fastest lap times. We ended up being about 15 seconds ahead of everyone else. We were so fast.”

York also has plenty of admiration for the F4 British Championship which is enabling him to build an excellent platform from which to progress up the FIA single-seater pyramid: “The racing in British F4 is one of the best things about the series. It’s so close. Everyone is out there for one thing and one thing only. To win. It’s what makes it so exciting and so special. You feel like you really have to earn your success.

“The championship is run incredibly well. We get a lot of track time and three 20 minute races every weekend on the TOCA package as the sole single-seater support series to the British Touring Car Championship. It means we get so much exposure with lots of fans and television coverage.”

York returns to action in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend (28-30 July) at Snetterton. Many will be keen to see if his hard work over the summer has paid off as he bids to finally stand on the top step of the podium in the UK’s leading junior single-seater series.

Irish karting champion Lucca Allen first driver to join British F4’s Challenge Cup

8 FEBRUARY, 2017 – Irish karting champion Lucca Allen is the first driver to join the Ford F4 Challenge Cup. A new initiative for 2017, introduced by organisers of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, to enable drivers to compete for under £100,000.

Allen, son of celebrity chef Rachel Allen, will race for Falcon Motorsport and has already begun cooking up a storm in the fast lane having won the Motorsport Ireland Cadet Championship, the Irish Karting Club Championship and the Southern Irish Karting Championship.

Further accolades include representing Ireland in the 2015 Karting World Championships at Le Mans and winning the Irish race of champions trophy in 2016.

14-year-old Allen, who will have to wait for his 15th birthday on 29 June to be eligible to compete, is eager to race against some of the world’s fastest young single-seater talents and relishing the chance to fly the flag for Ireland.

“I’m going to be the first Irish driver to make the step up to British F4 so I hope to be able to set a high standard and be right up there,” said Allen.

“Coming from Cork and racing in British F4 which has manufacturer backing from Ford is very special, especially as Henry Ford’s father came from Cork. It was also home to the first Ford factory in Europe.

“It’s really exciting with the introduction of the Challenge Cup to see if we can compete with the bigger teams with the bigger budgets.

“Testing has gone really well. We’ve been improving every time we have gone out on track so I’m hopeful we can be on the pace soon and aiming for wins.”

Should Allen prove to be a front runner in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup there are an array of lucrative prizes up for grabs, including a £10,000 cash prize fund courtesy of Ford Motor Company, as well as £5,000 to be awarded to the first Challenge Cup driver to win a race overall, plus free scholarship entry to the overall championship in 2018 worth £15,000.

Added Allen: “We’re going to see how things go this year, but if they go well then I’ll be looking at fighting for the overall championship in 2018.

“It’s great that I will be racing on the TOCA package alongside the British Touring Car Championship. It means live television coverage so people will get to watch all my British F4 races.”

Allen is well placed to succeed in the Challenge Cup racing for Nick Streatfield’s Falcon Motorsport. Having run Mexican Alexandra Monhaupt for several British F4 rounds in 2016, the Oxfordshire team knows how to perform at the highest level; achieving second place in both the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain team cup and drivers’ championship with BRDC Rising Star Harrison Scott in 2014.

Explained team owner Streatfield: “Lucca contacted us in the middle of 2016 and the relationship has developed from there. He tested with us last year which went well, he’s done another test since then, as well as the first official pre-season test of 2017.

“He’s had very little time in the car and we are trying to get him up to speed as quickly as possible. We are going to do as many of the official tests that we can. He’ll be back out at Brands Hatch on 16 February.

“Hopefully he’ll be developing at the same rate as all the others. He won’t be racing until the second half of the season [from 29 July at Snetterton] once he has turned 15-years-old.”

Streatfield also praised organisers of the F4 British Championship for the introduction of the Ford F4 Challenge Cup. “When the Challenge Cup was first announced it was something I welcomed. It’s an initiative that one would hope will increase grid numbers even higher than those we have previously seen.

“It will attract more drivers to the series, namely drivers who fall into two categories; drivers like Lucca who aren’t eligible to race until part-way through the season due to their age and drivers who don’t have the budget to do a full season.”

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is still accepting registrations for the 2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup. For further information and enquiries please contact championship coordinator Eve Lake-Grange.

2017 British F4 season takes shape as details of Challenge Cup & provisional testing dates confirmed

  • £1,000 available at every meeting to Challenge Cup entrants, as well as one-off £5,000 prize up for grabs during season.
  • Challenge Cup drivers eligible to score championship points and take advantage of lower registration fee.
  • Sponsorship Acquisition Training from leading sports marketing exponent Brian Sims available to first 15 drivers who register for championship.
  • Championship brochure and 2017 British F4 registration form now available.

7 DECEMBER, 2016 – With the dust settling on a thrilling season in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, details of the new for 2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup, as well as provisional championship testing dates have been confirmed.

Following what will be remembered as one of the most competitive British F4 seasons in history, the 2017 campaign looks set to be another fiercely contested affair with the introduction of the Ford F4 Challenge Cup giving talented youngsters the chance to prove they have got what it takes in the UK’s leading single-seater series for less than £100,000.

Challenge Cup drivers will compete in seven of the 10 championship meetings, with both the Knockhill meeting and the season finale at Brands Hatch being mandatory. Drivers will then be able to nominate the other five meetings they wish to take part in.

There will be no restriction on which teams can enter, but all teams will be required to adhere to the F4 British Championship’s four car limit.

All technical regulations for Friday official test days and race weekends are identical for both the Championship and Challenge Cup classes – including tyre limits – so as to ensure a level playing field.

A lucrative array of prizes are on offer to Challenge Cup entrants thanks to a £10,000 prize fund courtesy of Ford Motor Company. At each meeting £250 will be awarded to the driver who gains the most places in race one from their grid position; a further £250 will be awarded to the Challenge Cup winner in race two and £500 will be available to the Challenge Cup winner in the final race of the weekend.

As well as a dedicated Challenge Cup podium for each round, there will also be a prize of £5,000 available to the first Challenge Cup driver who wins a race overall.

Championship organisers have left the door open to Challenge Cup drivers turning their efforts to an assault on the overall championship, as they will be eligible to score championship points throughout the season.

To enhance affordability, the registration fees for Challenge Cup drivers will be reduced to £2,000 (ex. VAT). £500 less than the Championship class.

Early registration to either the Championship or Challenge Cup class brings with it the added benefit of Sponsorship Acquisition Training which is available on a first come, first served basis to drivers.

Ford has secured 15 places on this prestigious course developed by one of international sport’s most experienced and successful sports marketing exponents Brian Sims in association with Autosport. This is a unique online training course designed to take F4 British Championship drivers through the entire process of sponsorship acquisition; helping increase their chances of securing meaningful sponsorship.

With final details of the Challenge Cup confirmed; the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford provisional testing schedule has also been announced.

A testing ban will commence from 21 December 2016 until 31 January 2017. From 1 February until the season opener at Brands Hatch (Indy), both Championship class and Challenge Cup drivers will be permitted to undertake open, unregulated testing with no limits on mileage or location.

Following the first race weekend, Challenge Cup drivers will only be permitted to test on the official test days associated with their chosen seven meetings. In addition to this, drivers will be able to choose a further seven days of testing from the championship’s ‘official organised’ test days during the season.

These additional days of testing will be made available to Challenge Cup entrants on a pro-rata basis, so if a driver were to only compete at five meetings, they would only be allowed to take part in the five associated official tests and five ‘official organised’ test days.

2017 Provisional Testing Dates

Date                                                                 Circuit, County
Fri 3 February                                                 Oulton Park, Cheshire
Thu 16 February                                             Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
Mon 6 March (MEDIA DAY)                            Donington Park, Leics
Wed 8 March     `                                           Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
Wed 15 March                                                Snetterton, Norfolk
Tue 21 March                                                 Rockingham, Northants
Tue 23/Wed 24 May                                        Croft, North Yorkshire
Tue 30/Wed 31 May                                        Snetterton, Norfolk
Wed 9 August                                                 Knockhill, Fife
Fri 18 August                                                  Rockingham, Northants
Wed 6 September                                            Silverstone, Northants
Wed 20 September                                          Brand Hatch (Indy), Kent

Drivers and teams looking to compete in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford or acquire further details about the 2017 testing schedule should contact championship coordinator Eve Lake-Grange via email.

Prospective entrants for both the Championship and Challenge Cup classes are encouraged to download the F4 British Championship brochure for further information, as well as the 2017 registration form below.

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TEAM NEWS: Richardson Racing brings curtain down on 2016 at Brands Hatch

Supplied by team’s PR.

5 OCTOBER, 2016 – The Richardson Racing team brought the curtain down on its 2016 racing programme with three solid finishes as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford headed to Brands Hatch for the final round of the year.

The Corby-based team, which has also competed in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge this season, went into the season finale with Andrew Richardson once again at the wheel, with the 25-year-old having returned to single-seater action in the penultimate meeting of the year at Silverstone.

Qualifying 15th on the grid in challenging weather conditions around the famous Grand Prix layout of the Kent circuit, Richardson would go on to secure a hat-trick of 15th place finishes across the three races, once again showing encouraging speed behind the wheel considering his lack of track time with the Ford Eco-boost powered car.

Indeed, his quickest race lap of the weekend in race two was little more than a second away from the eventual winner.

The highlight of the weekend came in the final race live on ITV4 where Richardson found himself embroiled in a three-way battle for position with rivals Jack Martin and Jack Butel, with an impressive move on Martin at Westfield drawing widespread praise.

“I feel I’ve done a good job behind the wheel this weekend but the simple fact is that I just need more time in the car if I’m going to get the most out of it,” Andrew said. “The rest of the grid has a full season of racing behind them whereas I have one weekend, so with that in mind, to be as close to the pace as we were around a technical circuit like Brands GP was really encouraging.

“Having spent the past two years engineering the car, these two weekends have certainly been beneficial in terms of gaining an alternative insight into the car and how it behaves on track. That is something that can now look to make use of during the winter as we prepare for 2017.”

With the half-season F4 programme now at an end, team boss Gwyn Richardson revealed that work was already well underway on plans for next season, with the team hoping to expand to run multiple cars – including a possible entry into the new F4 British Championship Challenge Cup, which will run at selected events across the year.

“It was important for us to be out on track in the second half of the year and it was unfortunate that we had to amend the plans that we had,” he said. “Andrew has come in for the final two rounds and done a good job considering he has had no testing time, and now we can turn our focus to 2017.

“Whilst this season has been tough in terms of racing, it’s probably been our busiest in terms of testing potential drivers as we have had a lot of interest from people who are considering British F4 for next year.

“We are certainly confident of being able to run a multi-car programme next year and welcome the introduction of the new Challenge Cup as an initiative for those drivers who might not be able to fully commit to a ten round programme.”

New Ford F4 British Championship Challenge Cup launched for 2017

28 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – 2017 will see an exciting development in junior single-seater racing with the introduction of the Ford F4 British Championship Challenge Cup. Run to identical regulations as the overall Championship class, the Challenge Cup will give drivers the chance to race against motorsport’s brightest young stars at a reduced budget in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

Prizes for Challenge Cup drivers include: free scholarship entry for the 2017 Challenge Cup victor to the 2018 F4 British Championship worth £15,000; £10,000 cash prize fund across the season courtesy of Ford Motor Company; podium for the Challenge Cup class at every round and £5,000 cash prize available to the first Challenge Cup driver to win a race overall.

Entrants will compete in seven of the ten F4 British Championship race meetings during the season and the championship registration fee will be lowered to £2,000.

Testing for Challenge Cup drivers during the season will be limited to Friday official test days of chosen meetings, plus seven additional official organised test days.

Both technical and sporting regulations will be identical to the overall Championship class. Therefore all drivers compete equally on track, with any Challenge Cup driver eligible to finish in the overall race podium positions and score points in the overall championship.

Explained championship manager David Lowe: “There are a lot of drivers who have so much talent, but haven’t got sufficient budget behind them to make the step to single-seaters.

“The F4 British Championship has always strived to provide exceptional value in terms of cost per track mile. Coupled with the Motor Sport Association’s directive to provide affordable motor racing, the introduction of the Challenge Cup in 2017 ensures that the series remains at the forefront of providing highly competitive, yet affordable racing.

“The Challenge Cup gives drivers who might have thought the crucial first step on the FIA single-seater pyramid was out of reach the chance to compete in Britain’s most competitive single-seater series and on a level playing field.

“It is our hope that drivers who race in the Challenge Cup will be able to progress by making full use of their experience and increased exposure in British F4 to embark on an assault for the overall championship the following season.”

Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager, Ford Performance Europe added: “2017 will be Ford’s 50th consecutive year of supporting young drivers at grass roots level. The introduction of the Ford F4 British Championship Challenge Cup next season is therefore a timely and excellent example of this commitment.

“The Challenge Cup is a perfect addition to the hugely successful F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford and will strengthen the series further. Ford continues to develop motor racing’s stars of the future and the Challenge Cup enhances the Championship’s standing as the ideal place for drivers to begin their journey up the FIA single-seater pyramid.”

All interested parties should email F4 British Championship Coordinator Eve Lake-Grange by clicking here.