British F4 to show support for Billy Monger at Thruxton

3 MAY, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost returns to the track on 6-7 May at Thruxton Circuit and thoughts remain with Billy Monger following his saddening accident at Donington Park.

In the weeks that have followed, the motorsport community has rallied in a touching display of solidarity in support of the 17-year-old. A myriad of fundraising activities have taken place and the F4 British Championship would like to wish the best of luck to all those who are raising funds for Billy this weekend and beyond.

The F4 British Championship will show its support for Billy with prominent #ForzaBilly signage set to adorn all British F4 cars at Hampshire’s Thruxton Circuit. Ford Motor Company has agreed that the message of support will take over its branding on the rear wing of each British F4 car.

The British F4 Virtual Reality Experience has proved a real hit at the opening rounds of the season. At Thruxton fans will once again get the chance to experience life as a British F4 driver in the Ford Race Centre in the Support Paddock. This time it’s all in aid of Billy, with everyone who enters into the Ford EcoBoost-powered virtual world encouraged to kindly make a donation which will go towards his recovery.

A crowdfunding site has been set up to raise funds for Billy and his family, to contribute towards the specialist treatments that will be needed for his recovery. To donate to this fund please visit: http://bit.ly/2pggxoJ.

British F4 2016 season review: Ford-powered Fewtrell pushed to the max

22 DECEMBER, 2016 – Take a look at the final standings for the 2016 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford and you could be forgiven for thinking that the campaign was almost identical to the 2015 MSA Formula season. Carlin Teams Cup victors and car no. 31, which had been driven to championship glory by F1 star in the making Lando Norris, tasted title success once more in the hands of Max Fewtrell.

However, delve beyond the headlines and 2016 will be remembered as one of the most entertaining and competitive in the history of the series. 10 different race winners, the championship leader changing after every race weekend bar one and six drivers from four teams still in title contention heading into the season finale.

No driver was able to steal a march on a super-talented field and as unpredictability became the norm it was fitting that this year’s “Mr Consistent”, Max Fewtrell, was crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion. The Carlin ace was consistency personified whilst his competitors’ form fluctuated. A remarkable total of 16 podium finishes, more than any other driver, the foundation of his title triumph.

Three of those podiums saw him stand on the top step. His first victory coming at the second meeting of the year at Donington. His last the most special. Winning the season finale and with it the title, after being chased home by the formidable and more experienced Sennan Fielding.

Having played a starring role in the series in 2015, Fielding gave his all to claim the title with JHR Developments and recorded five wins in the process. A setup breakthrough saw him battle out the final meetings of 2016 in style; epitomised by his charge through the field in the last race when he bravely put everything on the line.

Petru Florescu also notched up five victories. The Romanian’s first half of the year was magnificent, the latter half torrid. His season came undone along with Carlin team-mate Devlin DeFrancesco’s following their coming together at Knockhill and infamous trackside altercation. DeFrancesco will be remembered for pulling off some of the finest overtakes thanks to his aggressive yet controlled driving style, which paid dividends with thrilling race victories at three consecutive meetings: Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft.

Ahead of the Carlin pair in the standings finished Red Bull Junior Luis Leeds and James Pull. Third place man Leeds excelled behind the wheel having graduated from Australian F4, recording three wins for TRS Arden. Pull was frequently at the top of the times during Friday practice, but he had to wait until round 22 for victory; mastering tricky conditions from pole at a soaking Rockingham.

Although Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn fell short of the main prize, he wrapped up the Rookie class title emphatically at Silverstone with his third overall win. The first of which came in only his fourth car race, following a fantastic pole lap at Donington. The Racing Steps Foundation backed 15-year-old put in virtuoso performances and stamped his authority all over the Rookie standings with 16 class wins and a total of 26 class podiums.

Zane Goddard’s start to the year was beset by misfortune, but after the summer break the Double R ace was superb. The Aussie found a sweet spot with his car, ending 2016 with four victories to his name. His team-mate Carrie Schreiner dovetailed her British F4 exploits with commitments in the counterpart German series. The starlet shone at Thruxton, coming tantalisingly close to a podium.

Jamie Caroline endured a rollercoaster season. Early podiums became a distant memory after a switch from Jamun to Fortec. The Ginetta Junior Champion persevered and in the penultimate race took a popular win. A just reward for a driver who provided fans with endless entertainment thanks to lighting starts and wet weather heroics; most notably a Senna-esque performance at Donington where he overtook nine cars in one lap.

TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins was another winner, coming to the fore at Oulton Park with a masterful display of defensive driving to fend off a hard-charging Pull. Team-mate Ayrton Simmons finished a year in which he progressed at a rapid rate by keeping Fielding at bay for second at Brands Hatch. With it came his sixth Rookie class win which secured him second in class. A feat made all the more impressive given that he missed the first two meetings waiting to turn 15.

JHR’s Billy Monger had the pace to feature on the top step following two podiums at Thruxton. Everything fell into place at Rockingham, only for a problem on the last lap to rob him of victory.

Budgetary issues curtailed a promising campaign for the Allan McNish mentored Ross Martin, while Fortec team-mate Nicolai Kjaergaard returned from the summer break revitalised to score a hat-trick of class wins at Snetterton.

A handful of points went to Jack Martin (Arden), Patrik Matthiesen (JTR), Frank Bird (Fortec), Harry Hayek (Jamun) and Jack Butel (JHR). The latter had hoped for more after an encouraging 2015 campaign. Pole position at Thruxton was converted into a brilliant lead, but a collision later in the race meant it was a case of what might have been.

Richardson Racing returned to the fold; Alexandra Marinescu and Andrew Richardson bringing home Teams Cup points. Meanwhile Alexandra Mohnhaupt joined the fray with Falcon Motorsport to become the first Mexican driver to compete in the series.

2016 underlined the sheer competitiveness of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, as well as the calibre of the drivers and teams that compete in it. The Ford EcoBoost-powered series, as it did in 2015, proved to be the complete antithesis to the claim that ‘single-seater racing is boring’.

With 2016’s graduates set to follow in the footsteps of the class of 2015, making waves at higher levels of the sport; the stage is set for the 2017 cohort to thrill us once more in what will be Ford’s 50th consecutive year of supporting young drivers. In that time Ford has played a pivotal role in the careers of so many of motorsport’s greatest stars. 2017 will undoubtedly see the birth of several more.

Championship positions and prize winners
FIA British Formula 4 champion: Max Fewtrell
Runner-up: Sennan Fielding
Third overall: Luis Leeds
Rookie champion: Alex Quinn
Teams Cup: Carlin

Relive the thrilling British F4 season by clicking on the image below to view the 2016 highlights video.

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British F4 thrills as part of the next generation at Ford Go Further

  • British F4 shines at Go Further as future of Ford Motor Company unveiled with next generation Fiesta in Cologne, Germany.
  • Sennan Fielding captures the imagination of guests driving British F4 car along with Andy Priaulx and Dirk Müller in Le Mans-winning Ford GT and GT40.

2 DECEMBER, 2016 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford took to the spotlight at the unveiling of the future of Ford Motor Company at a special Go Further event in Cologne, Germany which saw the launch of the next generation Fiesta.

British F4’s 1.6 litre turbocharged EcoBoost racer driven by Sennan Fielding, along with the GT40 and Ford GT which won Le Mans in 1966 and 2016 respectively, set hearts racing as part of a procession that roared past thousands of guests and heralded the arrival of the world’s most technologically advanced small car.

It was an exciting moment for the Ford backed championship which uses a Fiesta ST as its safety car, and fitting that the series which has become renowned for developing the next generation of motorsport stars was present at the debut of the next generation of Fiesta.

The magnitude of the event was not lost on 2016’s FIA British Formula 4 vice champion Sennan Fielding. “To be at Go Further is an amazing opportunity,” said the driver who is in the hunt for the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award on the back of a season which saw him claim five race victories for Steven Hunter’s JHR Developments squad.

“I cannot thank everyone at Ford and British F4 for letting me be a part of it; meeting so many people who make up the Ford family and seeing all these fantastic cars.

“The whole event has been incredible. The Ford plant in Cologne is so impressive and to fully immerse myself in the world of Ford has been a remarkable experience.

“Representing British F4 at the launch of the next generation Fiesta in front of the world’s media, as well as the likes of Ford Motor Company’s president and chief executive officer Mark Fields; Jim Farley (vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Roelant de Waard (vice president of marketing, sales and service, Ford of Europe) is such an honour.

“Days like today give me added motivation. I want to emulate the amazing careers of drivers like Andy Priaulx and Dirk Müller. What they are achieving with Ford in the GT car is very special and I dream of having a similar opportunity one day.

“Competing in British F4 has given me the perfect platform to do this. The series is on the renowned TOCA package, starring alongside the ever-popular British Touring Car Championship on live television.”

Added Ford GT driver Andy Priaulx MBE: “What has struck me is how engaging the next generation Fiesta launch has been. I think Ford have really tapped into the emotion and excitement of the brand using the race cars to open the show.

“You could feel the passion from the audience when seeing all the people clapping and cheering as the cars were driven past them. That had a real wow factor.

“Sennan has had a great 2016 so I’m really happy that he’s being recognised for his achievements in the F4 British Championship which has had an excellent year too. It’s brilliant to see the staircase of talent that is coming through at Ford which will hopefully work its way into the GT car in the future. British F4 is a fantastic series and I think that it’s right that it is present at events like this.”

Commented Dirk Müller who drove the No. 68 Ford GT to victory at Le Mans in 2016: “It’s a huge event and absolutely amazing to be part of the launch of the next generation Fiesta, driving our race cars like the Ford GT and the British F4 car. I couldn’t stop smiling during the whole procession. On days like this you can see how big, but how close the Ford family is and family is the key word here.

“Motorsport is a tough business and you have to work hard to bring home the trophies. I have Brits like Andy Priaulx and Richard Westbrook as teammates in the GT and Sennan can definitely make it to the top like them.”

Relive the spectacular Go Further event and unveiling of the next generation Fiesta by clicking on the image below.

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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.