Season Review: Jewiss triumphant as Ford’s winning formula continues to excel

The 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost yet again underlined the strength of Ford’s winning formula with another action-packed campaign courtesy of the latest crop of rising stars.

Thirty races played out across ten events on the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support package to a capacity trackside audience and millions more through ITV’s live, free-to-air television coverage, with the ‘Green Arrow’ – Kiern Jewiss – seizing the opportunity to claim the title of FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

The triumph – also Double R Racing’s first in the category – was boosted by five race victories for Jewiss in as many meetings before the summer break, and a consistent, mature approach to maintain his advantage thereafter as he amassed 445 points – a record for a single season.

It also leaves the BRDC Rising Star with 12 vital FIA Super License Points – more than the equivalent success in any domestic F3 series – as he looks to follow in the footsteps of Lando Norris and use British F4 as the start of a journey to Formula 1.

Though chief title rival Ayrton Simmons would strike first blood with a brace of wins at the Brands Hatch curtain-raiser, Jewiss’ first victory in Britain’s FIA-sanctioned F4 series – a superlative drive through the field – followed soon after at Donington Park and ignited a fierce, season-long battle between the pair and another returnee, Fortec’s Johnathan Hoggard.

Two wins at Thruxton and further visits to the top step of the rostrum at Oulton Park and Croft paved the way for Jewiss’ success, but a late-season charge from Hoggard – in which he won 6 of the final 12 races – rewarded him with third overall behind Simmons and Jewiss.

Hoggard’s speed was also underlined with five pole positions – the most for any driver – but ultimately a mid-season run of 13 races without silverware proved crucial in the battle for the honours.

Sixth position in the opening race at the Brands Hatch GP finale proved enough for Jewiss, who would record a sixth win of the season later that weekend to round out a fantastic campaign in style.

All in all, eight drivers enjoyed a trip to the Winner’s Circle across the campaign, including Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, two Arden-run Red Bull Junior Team racers who provided a thrilling scrap for the coveted Rookie Cup title.

Just a single point split the pair in the overall standings at the end of the season, and a mere 15 divided them in the Rookie class, sharing 20 of the 30 victories between themselves.

They largely dominated the top step of the rostrum in the middle of the campaign, with Doohan’s breakthrough success in the finale at Thruxton setting the trend before victories for Hauger at Oulton Park and Croft, then both shared the spotlight at Snetterton.

Several podium finishes eventually gave way to victories for “Flying Finns” Patrik Pasma and Paavo Tonteri, whilst Sebastian Priaulx bookended a positive start to life in single-seaters with a win apiece on each Brands Hatch circuit layout, and claimed six podium finishes besides.

JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaimán was an ever-present in the top ten across the campaign but couldn’t build on his breakthrough podium in 2017, whilst new team mate Josh Skelton laid the foundations for future success, including a Rookie Cup triumph at Rockingham, and rounded out the top ten in the points.

A mere 25 points – equivalent to a single race win – split the drivers occupying 11th to 14th overall, with Hampus Ericsson eventually emerging ahead of promising rookie Sebastian Alvarez, the ever-improving Jamie Sharp and Lucca Allen.

2019 already promises to be an equally-successful 52nd year at the forefront of junior single seater racing for Ford, with returning entries Carlin and Richardson Racing set to return alongside the usual suspects to produce another captivating season of wheel-to-wheel action.

Eyes on the prize ahead of 2018 British F4 season

  • Plenty of valuable prizes up for grabs once again, including fully funded FIA Formula 3 European Championship test.
  • Rookie Cup returns in place of Challenge Cup.
  • Free entry to 2019 F4 British Championship for Rookie Cup winner.

22 JANUARY, 2018 – With the 2018 season fast approaching, changes in the prize structure for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost have been confirmed for the upcoming campaign. This year will see the return of the Rookie Cup in place of the Challenge Cup, as well as the usual plethora of valuable prizes available to entrants.

In 2018 the Ford EcoBoost-powered series will once again boast an incredibly desirable array of awards. All of which are fitting for a series which has become renowned for being one of the hardest FIA Formula 4 championships to win.

The prizes reflect Ford’s continued commitment to support young drivers; enabling the next generation of racers to advance to the highest echelons of motorsport. A commitment which has been further underlined by the championship continuing to keep entry and registration fees fixed since its inception in 2015.

Drivers who have no previous car racing experience will have even more to fight for in 2018 as they will be eligible for the Rookie Cup, along with the chance to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

As was the case in 2015 and 2016 when Enaam Ahmed and Alex Quinn took the respective Rookie titles, entry to the Rookie Cup will not bring with it any limits on testing mileage for drivers and the winner will receive free entry to the 2019 F4 British Championship.

F4 British Championship prizes for 2018 include:

  • £10,000 for the first driver to win all three races in a meeting.
  • £5,000 for the first Rookie Cup entrant to win a race overall.
  • Most Improved Driver – One set of new Hankook tyres for testing, awarded to the driver with the highest combined improvement from starting grid position in races one and three at each meeting.
  • FIA Formula 3 European Championship Test – A fully funded test for the 2018 FIA British Formula 4 Champion with a leading FIA F3 European team courtesy of series partner and tyre supplier Hankook.
  • FIA Super Licence Points – Awarded to the top seven drivers to enable their progression up the motorsport ladder; helping them fulfil their ambitions of acquiring a Super Licence to compete in Formula 1. 12 points will be awarded to the FIA British Formula 4 Champion; two more than any national Formula 3 Championship.
  • Free Entry to 2019 F4 British Championship – Awarded to the 2018 Rookie Champion.
  • Henry Ford Trophy – Those who compete in the F4 British Championship can use the series as a perfect platform from which to demonstrate extraordinary human endeavour in the field of motorsport and therefore put themselves in contention for the Henry Ford Trophy.
  • Joe Tandy Memorial Award – Awarded to the driver deemed to have shown the most promise and improvement during the season.
  • €1,000 Pole Position Prize – Awarded by Mygale to the team which runs the car that qualifies on pole at each round of the championship. The team will receive a €1,000 credit to be used for the acquisition of parts.
  • Snap-on Business Solutions Prizes – A £300 Snap-on Tools voucher will be given to the championship’s top technician at each round of the series. In addition, the top technician of the year will receive a uniquely customised Snap-on Business Solutions toolbox and tools, worth in excess of £5,000.

Like father, like son – Sebastian Priaulx to race with Ford EcoBoost power in 2018 F4 British Championship

25 OCTOBER, 2017 – Sebastian Priaulx, son of triple World Touring Car Champion and Ford GT driver Andy Priaulx MBE, has agreed terms with Arden in a deal to contest the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The announcement comes just weeks after the curtain fell on a stellar campaign for the 16-year-old. It saw him crowned Ginetta Junior vice-champion with 13 podiums, including seven victories. Four wins out of five races in the space of two meetings a particular highlight, along with an unrivalled tally of eight pole positions.

“It’s a great feeling to have my 2018 plans confirmed,” said a thrilled Priaulx. “We’ve got a very exciting year ahead of us racing with Arden in the F4 British Championship.

“It’s a prestigious series with manufacturer backing from Ford and with my Dad driving for the Ford GT team it’s really cool.

“To make the step up to single-seaters and race in British F4 is a real milestone in my career. It’s always been my aim to live the single-seater dream. Winning in British F4 opens doors and it is the starting point for Formula 1.”

Garry Horner, Arden CEO and team principal, added: “We are delighted to have Seb joining our team at Arden. We have admired his dedication and ability throughout the previous season and are looking forward to a successful year in Formula 4.”

Priaulx began karting aged eight and rapidly became a multiple champion in Cadet, Mini Max and Junior Max classes.

Aged 15 he added a Ginetta Junior Winter Series title to his name. This followed a Ginetta Junior Championship campaign in 2016 which saw him take a victory and two pole positions in his rookie season.

Priaulx will be hoping to emulate FIA British Formula 4 Champions Lando Norris and Jamie Caroline, who both triumphed in Ginetta Juniors before making the step up to the UK’s leading single-seater series.

“2017 was a bit of a strange season with everything that happened with Ginetta and having to switch teams part way through the campaign,” explained Priaulx. “It was all out of my control and I just focused on performing at my best.

“I walked away as vice-champion, my head held high and proud of what I achieved. Now I’m aiming to win the British F4 title.

“Racing in single-seaters is going to be a new challenge for me. There’s a lot to learn. I’m excited for what lies ahead as I work towards my goal of race victories and hopefully a title tilt.

“Having raced in Ginettas, which run alongside British F4 on the TOCA package, I know the tracks on the calendar well and that experience can help me.”

Sebastian’s father Andy has long extolled the importance of drivers gaining single-seater experience and developing an understanding of racing with slicks and wings; targeting British F4 as the series in which his son should make a single-seater debut. The move to British F4 the fruition of several years’ hard work.

“Every driver needs single-seater experience,” said Priaulx. “It’s so important.

“Looking at how British F4 has evolved over the last couple of seasons it’s clearly the place for young drivers to be. The cars look great, the competition is fierce and the TOCA package is really strong.

“A big part of becoming a professional racing driver is working with major brands and Ford is one of those. Ford’s commitment to motor racing gives Seb the chance to achieve great things in his career.

“I also drive for Ford so hopefully together we can win our respective races and championships. We want to take this opportunity to write a very special ‘Priaulx’ chapter in Ford’s history.”

For Sebastian, the target is clear: To secure the most coveted championship in British single-seater racing and the 12 FIA Super Licence points which go with it to propel him towards Formula 1.

At Arden he is well placed to achieve this. The Banbury based outfit head into 2018 after three consecutive years of fighting at the front in British F4. 2017 saw them duke it out for both the drivers’ and teams’ titles in the season finale and amass more podiums and pole positions than any other squad.

“Arden’s facilities are very impressive and all the staff are incredibly professional,” enthused Priaulx.

“When I visited the workshop I could get up close and personal with their Formula 2 cars. As a young driver it’s really inspiring to be able to see the next steps on the FIA single-seater pyramid right in front of you.

“Arden is a team that can take you from British F4 all the way up to Formula 2. They can give you the tools to succeed.”

In addition to drawing on the experience and expertise of the Arden team, Priaulx can rely on the support of sponsor 1st Central Insurance. A key player in the car insurance market, 1st Central have become an integral part of Priaulx’s fledgling career, a fact which is not lost on the Guernseyman.

“1st Central Insurance made it possible for me to race in 2017 and have played a crucial part in getting me on the British F4 grid. I’m over the moon to have them as a sponsor.

“To have the support of such a well-respected company gives me a lot of confidence. I want to keep performing, make them proud and have fun along the way.”

Priaulx and Arden’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign will kick off at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April, 2018.

Neil Brown Engineering appointed engine support provider for F4 British Championship from 2018

17 OCTOBER, 2017 – Neil Brown Engineering has been appointed engine support provider for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost from 2018 onwards. By securing the services of one of the world’s pre-eminent engine builders, the F4 British Championship has taken another step to maintain its standing as the UK’s leading junior single-seater series.

Neil Brown Engineering will be responsible for the balancing of Ford EcoBoost British F4 engines and provide track support at all races and organised tests. Teams will also benefit from a support network away from the track to enable continual progression and development.

The appointment comes on the back of extensive consultation with F4 British Championship teams; all squads having been actively involved at every stage of the selection process.

Said Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager of Ford Performance Europe: “The F4 British Championship has an exceptional pedigree in technical excellence. It boasts a number of the world’s highest calibre, single-seater teams.

“As part of Ford’s commitment to maintain British F4 as the benchmark FIA Formula 4 series, it is paramount that we continue to provide optimal engine performance and reliability. By having Neil Brown Engineering as engine support provider, the F4 British Championship is well placed to do this in 2018 and beyond.

“This exciting development for the series is the fruition of a close working relationship between Ford and teams in a collaborative process. Neil Brown Engineering’s exceptional capabilities, knowledge and expertise, combined with its proven track record of success made it an outstanding choice for teams.”

Since it was founded in 1973, Neil Brown Engineering has established itself as a renowned engine supplier at the forefront of motor racing in a wide range of categories.

It won its first championships with Ford, when building Capri 3.0 litre Group 1 engines to win three British and European Group 1 titles from 1979. Ford-powered single-seater success followed in Formula Ford 2000 with numerous victories and five championships between 1983 and 1988.

The engine builder secured 10 consecutive British Formula 3 titles from 1996 to 2005, and in 2013 developed a 2.0 litre direct injection engine for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship; the next step on the FIA single-seater pyramid from British F4.

Neil Brown Engineering is no stranger to success in the British Touring Car Championship which stars on the TOCA package alongside British F4, building engines for Team Dynamics and West Surrey Racing. It has helped the outfits win eight drivers’ championships between them, meanwhile achieving more saloon car success in DTM with Audi Motorsport which has yielded seven drivers’ and six constructors’ titles.

“We’re really proud to be the engine support provider for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost,“ said Neil Brown Engineering sales and workshop manager Wayne Mathurin. “It puts us back into the single-seater limelight.

“The series is going from strength to strength thanks to the Ford EcoBoost technology and quality of the wheel-to-wheel racing it produces. As the first step on the FIA single-seater pyramid, the F4 British Championship is a highly prestigious series which has seen an exceptional calibre of drivers come through it and this will only continue in the future.

“We will build strong relationships with the teams, demonstrating the high quality work we’re capable of. We’ve appointed a specific, dedicated project leader to the development of this programme and we will personally visit every team in the coming weeks to begin that crucial relationship building process.

“The teams are going to benefit from a level of customer service which is second to none. The passion to provide an excellent service and to win exists in every member of staff at Neil Brown Engineering.

“Whilst we know that this a single-make championship and therefore all cars are the same, that doesn’t mean to say we stop pushing the parameters. We constantly strive for improvement and performance gains.”

Sodemo Moteur will continue as the homologation partner for all current 1.6 litre turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engines, which are used as the motive power for FIA Formula 4 series around the world.

British F4 brings single-seater magic to Ford’s 50 years of Dunton Technical Centre celebrations

26 JULY, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost played a starring role at Ford’s 50 years of Dunton Technical Centre celebrations, with three of this year’s title contenders Jamie Caroline, Oscar Piastri and Ayrton Simmons attending the event.

From thrilling test track rides to precision driving demonstrations and live music; thousands of people revelled in celebrations which saw a showcase of the many achievements and capabilities of the Ford Dunton Technical Centre, as well as the promotion of the great relationships Ford has with local organisations and charities.

The F4 British Championship brought a touch of single-seater magic to the event with the British F4 show car and Virtual Reality Experience proving a real hit, pulling in crowds throughout the day.

“It’s been great to see where the magic happens when it comes to the development of the Ford EcoBoost technology that goes into our cars and to meet the people who have worked so hard to provide us with a fantastic car that we can go racing with,” said Carlin’s Jamie Caroline. “Thanks to them, Ford has been able to build a winning reputation on the track and the road.”

Caroline, Piastri and Simmons starred as they met event-goers, signed autographs and took to the main stage to provide a fascinating insight into life as motorsport’s future stars in the UK’s leading junior single-seater series.

“Events like this give people who may not have been to one of our race weekends the chance to really get a better understanding of what we as drivers actually do and what the championship is about,” commented TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons.

“They’ve been able to get up close and personal with the race car and step into our shoes as a driver with the British F4 Virtual Reality Experience.”

“It was great to spend time at Dunton Technical Centre and give something back to Ford employees and their families,” added team-mate Oscar Piastri.

“Days like this are good fun for us as drivers. They are something different from our usual routine at race weekends. It’s been a great experience.

“The hot weather was a bonus. I’m an Aussie so plenty of sunshine is perfect for me, so big thanks to Ford for making that happen and even bigger thanks for inviting us to Dunton to be part of such a special day. I hope we’ll get to visit again soon.”

As the celebrations concluded, there was only one word on the drivers’ lips after they had snuck behind the wheel of the Ford Performance Mustang GT4 to sample the roar of its 5.2L V8 racing engine and draw a crowd in record time.

Explained an ecstatic Caroline: “There’s only one word I could really use to describe the day and that’s ‘Mustang’! I finally got be in the driver’s seat and rev a Mustang. I would rather do that than win the lottery. I loved it. To everyone at Ford, please can I have one? You’ve made an incredible car.”

Added Simmons: “The event has been truly amazing and I want to thank Ford for such a fantastic opportunity. As Jamie said, ‘Mustang’ is probably the one word I would use to sum it up for us as drivers. Getting in that driver’s seat was something I will never forget.”

Photography by Spencer Griffiths.

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.

Ford MSA Formula rebranded to F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

03 MAY, 2016 – Ford MSA Formula has been rebranded in accordance with its British Formula 4 Championship status and renamed the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

The name change reflects the championship’s unique standing as the UK series conforming to global FIA F4 regulations, introduced in 2015 as the first rung on the racing ladder for young single-seater drivers starting out on the road to Formula One.

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “The rebranding of MSA Formula to F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford achieves two key goals. First, it identifies the championship alongside other FIA F4 series around the world, and secondly it confirms that there is a clear first rung on the single-seater ladder in the UK.”

“Given the global reach of FIA Formula 4, it is both natural and essential that the category establishes a strong base in the UK and continues growing from there,” said Stefano Domenicali, President of the FIA’s Single Seater Commission.

“It is obviously one of the major centres in the motor sport world with a proud and rich history in all facets of it. The nature of FIA Formula 4 is a national championship, meaning that driver entries are predominantly only allowed from the country in which it is run – as a result it is a way of specifically developing young British talent.

“The MSA Formula series was well-established in the UK, and I welcome the addition of the globally-recognised F4 brand – further providing a basis to compare drivers competing in the same category around the world.

“On behalf of the FIA, I must thank the MSA and their major partner, Ford, for ensuring the appropriate recognition of the FIA Formula 4 category in the UK.”

Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager, Ford Performance Europe added: “Ford is delighted with the rebranding to F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. It ensures that the name of the championship is now consistent with its counterpart FIA F4 series around the world. It adds to the transparency of the FIA motorsport ladder in Britain and underlines Ford’s ongoing commitment to developing young drivers which has spanned almost 50 years.”

The 2016 British F4 Champion will be awarded 12 points towards an FIA Formula One Superlicence. They will also attend the FIA Gala in Austria (2 December) and join an exclusive FIA F4 drivers’ club.