British F4 champions crowned at BRSCC Awards as Monger wins Henry Ford Trophy

  • Billy Monger wins coveted Henry Ford Trophy for extraordinary human endeavour.
  • FIA British Formula 4 champion Jamie Caroline and vice-champion Oscar Piastri receive awards.

5 FEBRUARY, 2018 – Stars of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost were out in force on Saturday 3 February for the BRSCC Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was a night to remember for Billy Monger. His determination to recover from his life-changing accident and get back behind the wheel of a race car saw him presented with the prestigious Henry Ford Trophy for human endeavour in the field of motorsports by Ford Performance Europe senior manager Gerard Quinn.

Introduced in 2015 and previously awarded to FIA British Formula 4 champions Lando Norris and Max Fewtrell, the trophy was commissioned by Ford Motor Company to recognise the person who Ford believes has shown extraordinary endeavour throughout the year.

“It’s really special to win a trophy as prestigious as this. I’ve had so much support and encouragement from people to help me get back behind the wheel. I want to take this opportunity to thank all those people because I wouldn’t have won this award if it wasn’t for them.

“I’ve got a lot more to give in the world of motorsport as a driver so let’s see what I can achieve in the next few years. Hopefully I can make everyone proud.

“I’m still looking for a few more sponsors for 2018, but we’re nearly there and I’m really looking forward to announcing my plans for this year.

“I had an amazing time in British F4 even though it came to an end much sooner than I wanted it to. I learnt so much racing in the championship. I know I can take all that knowledge and experience with me to the other forms of motorsport I will compete in and showcase just what British F4 graduates are capable of.”

“Henry Ford founded his company on the back of his racing exploits and we are proud that his legacy means that Ford can maintain its enablement of grass roots entry level motorsports,” explained Quinn.

“The recipient of the Henry Ford trophy for 2017 is a young man who epitomises the famous quote that Henry himself said in 1923 and which is inscribed on the trophy: ‘If people really set their minds on anything it is impossible to prevent their getting what they want.’

“In 2017 Billy overcame life-changing injuries following his horrific accident at the F4 meeting at Donington Park. His strength of character, determination and professional attitude as a sports person has set him apart as an inspiration to everyone.

“He is determined to race as an able-bodied athlete and has ensured that our sport has benefitted positively out of his adversity. He is an extraordinary person who has won the hearts of so many and has become a positive influence for the next generation of racers.”

Monger was joined by fellow British F4 graduates Jamie Caroline and Oscar Piastri who received their respective FIA British Formula 4 champion and vice-champion trophies from BRSCC chairman Peter Daly.

Caroline dominated the headlines throughout 2017 for his record-breaking exploits. He achieved the highest number of wins in a season, most consecutive victories and became first driver to win all three races in a single race weekend.

Meanwhile, Piastri shone with his excellent qualifying record and relentless consistency. The Arden driver qualified on pole seven times – more than any other driver – and stood on the podium in half of all races, including the top step on six occasions.

Carlin British F4 team manager Martin Knapman and mechanic Calum Wooldridge took to the stage to accept the Teams Cup. 2017 was the third successive year in which Carlin scooped the award after a season which saw it record more wins than any other team with a tally of 12.

“It’s fantastic to celebrate my record-breaking 2017 season with all of the team that have supported me and made my success possible,” said Caroline.

“The F4 British Championship is run by mega people, who I very much consider part of my racing family. It’s the best and most popular FIA Formula 4 championship in the world, with extremely competitive grids and a huge number of fans. It’s excellent value for money and a brilliant series for sponsors to be part of with fantastic publicity and media exposure.

“The future is bright for British F4. I’ve written my chapter in its history and I’ll be watching closely to see if anyone can beat my records.”

Images by Gary Hawkins Photography.

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.

F4 British Championship to provide its drivers with sponsorship acquisition training

  • Sponsorship acquisition training available to the first 15 drivers who register for 2017 British F4 season.
  • The prestigious course is the brainchild of leading sports marketing exponent Brian Sims and will enhance affordability of the championship.

18 JANUARY, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford will provide a unique online sponsorship acquisition training course to the first 15 drivers to register for the 2017 season. The prestigious course has been developed by one of international sport’s most experienced and successful sports marketing exponents, Brian Sims, in partnership with Autosport.

The course consists of 12 modules and will use case studies from Sims’ prolific career, during which he acquired over £100 million in sponsorship.

Drivers will be able to tailor his examples to use them to meet not only their sponsorship needs, but those of potential sponsors.

It’s aimed at enabling healthy grid sizes throughout the season by giving British F4 drivers the knowledge, understanding and tools they require to obtain meaningful funding from sponsors.

Said Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager, Ford Performance Europe: “The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford provides a fair and level playing field for all competitors, from scrutineering to the parity of its Ford EcoBoost engines. The introduction of this sponsorship acquisition training course is an extension of this philosophy.

“The course will further ensure that British F4 drivers don’t have to be from the most affluent backgrounds to succeed on track and enhance the affordability of the UK’s highest profile junior single-seater series.”

Sims has masterminded some of the most lucrative and high-profile sponsorship deals in sport. For example, FedEx’s famous sponsorship of the Benetton Formula 1 team, which was the catalyst for the arrival of a host of companies from the same industry into Formula 1 such as DHL Express.

“Sponsorship acquisition is actually very simple, but people find it so difficult because they go about it in completely the wrong way,” explained Sims.

“This course will teach British F4 drivers how to go about the entire process the right way. It turns everything on its head and I can guarantee that having completed the course, they will increase their chance of getting sponsors on board.

“Drivers will learn how to equate a company’s needs with what they can offer so that they can provide a personalised proposal based on the prospective sponsor’s needs.

“The design and structure of the course is clean and simple to make it accessible for drivers. It’s very visual and can be completed in stages.”

Sims is also keen to stress four key reasons that make British F4 so attractive to sponsors: “Ford’s involvement gives huge credibility; the championship is on a realistic level budget wise – it’s affordable unlike so many other series; drivers compete on a level playing field in identical machinery; and finally British F4 offers a fantastic environment to develop B2B relationships.

“There is incredible scope for the creation of strategic alliances with Ford, its retailer network, as well as other championship partners such as Hankook, Snap-On and Samsung.”

Drivers looking to compete in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford or acquire further details about the sponsorship acquisition training course should contact championship coordinator Eve Lake-Grange via email.

Prospective entrants are encouraged to download the F4 British Championship brochure for more information, as well as the 2017 registration form below.

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Max Fewtrell: FIA British Formula 4 Champion in profile

12 OCTOBER, 2016 – The 2016 instalment of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford saw no driver steal a march on a super-talented field. 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 throughout the season. 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 only the second meeting of the year at Donington Park. His last undoubtedly the most special and important. Winning the season finale and with it the title having been chased home by the formidable and more experienced Sennan Fielding.

Explained Fewtrell: “It was the icing on the cake to win the final race and clinch the title. A huge weight off my shoulders with everything going down to the last race. I’m really pleased for the team and everyone who has helped me.

“In British F4 there are so many great, fast drivers all competing at the front. To be battling with Sennan who is such a brilliant and experienced driver until the very end was incredible. It all makes winning the title feel even more special, having done it against such close competition.

“As a driver you always want to take as many wins as possible and I think I had the pace to do that, but with the way things played out this season I stayed consistent and tried to get as many points and podiums as I could. My level of consistency was very good throughout the year and that definitely helped me seal the title.

“Becoming FIA British Formula 4 Champion is the biggest achievement of my career. It’s been such a great year. Coming into the season there were so many quick drivers and it’s been so close throughout 2016. I really didn’t know who was going to take the title.

Fewtrell’s metronomic consistency also played a pivotal role in Carlin winning the Teams’ Cup for a second consecutive season, with team boss Trevor Carlin full of praise for the 17-year-old. “I’m very happy we have been able to do the double and I’m so pleased for Max. To get pole and lead every lap in the final race under a lot of pressure was a champion’s drive. Max is a great driver. He is his own man and the sky is the limit. He is an amazing and worthy champion.”

Look beyond the remarkable podium and points scoring statistics and you find what has really made Fewtrell so brilliant: composed, calm and calculated on track and an utter professional off it. Meticulous in his preparation, fiercely determined and more than capable of rising to the task under immense pressure.

His success in 2016 came as no surprise to those in the know, following his performance in pre-season testing where he was frequently found towards the very top of the timesheets.

Said Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager, Ford Performance Europe: “Congratulations to Max. It’s a huge achievement when you consider that there were six contenders going into the final meeting who could have taken the title.

“As a company Ford has been involved at this level of motorsport for almost 50 years. To be able to give people like Max and all the other drivers on the grid the opportunity to go racing, but also aspire to a future career in motor racing is so important.

“We have had previous champions like Ayrton Senna and Jenson Button and hopefully in the future we will see a name like Max Fewtrell in Formula 1.”

Fewtrell’s season has in a many ways embodied what the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is all about; a series which nurtures and develops the talent of young drivers. A fact that championship manager David Lowe is all too aware of when giving his take on Fewtrell’s performance: “Max has shown that you don’t have to be up the front winning all the time. Strong placings can give you an advantage. Max has driven a steady year, gained the points and he’s capitalised on that in the end.

“This is a learning championship and Max’s season is a perfect example of how you should approach this series. He has moved forward and developed throughout the year on the back of a lot of hard work. To have put together the year he has and finish it off with a win is a shining example of how an FIA British Formula 4 Champion should perform.”

Commented Paul Fewtrell the father of the 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion: “For Max to win it the way he did with Sennan who was pushing him all the way was incredible for the series and for Max. He has done so well and we are really proud of him.

“The whole F4 British Championship: the community; all the championship staff; how the championship is promoted; the way drivers are looked after; it’s all amazing. I have brought a lot of friends and sponsors to race weekends and they are so impressed by the level of professionalism.

“British F4 is a big stepping stone. It’s part of the journey. It’s been amazing for Max’s career and for him as a person. He has grown through this experience and we have as a family. I’m old and thought I had seen it all, but after this year I definitely haven’t!”

Just like his father, the magnitude of what he has achieved this season is certainly not lost on Fewtrell. The prize of a fully funded test with leading FIA F3 European Championship team Motopark courtesy of British F4 series partner and tyre supplier Hankook, 12 FIA Super Licence Points, as well as his newfound status as FIA British Formula 4 Champion are sure to propel him up the FIA single-seater pyramid.

“This is such a great championship to make the transition from karting to racing cars,” said Fewtrell. “Taking the title will increase my profile and will hopefully make more people take an interest in me. It opens doors which can usually be quite hard to open.

“I just want to enjoy this incredible feeling. There’s some hard work ahead for next year, but hopefully plenty more success too.”

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.

2016 Ford MSA Formula season preview: The winning formula continues with motorsport’s brightest young stars

  • Ford British F4 to once again enable a host of talented young drivers to make their first step on the FIA motorsport ladder.
  • Drivers will compete for FIA British Formula 4 Championship title and an array of prizes including £30,000 prize fund and a test with a leading FIA Euro F3 team.

30 March, 2016 – Ford British F4 roars back into life this weekend at Brands Hatch for the inaugural rounds of the 2016 season. Following a successful maiden season as the UK’s official FIA Formula 4 series, the Ford British F4 has once again attracted a plethora of the finest motorsport talents from around the world and from a variety of race categories. All of whom are aiming to follow in the footsteps of 2015’s emphatic Champion Lando Norris.

The winning formula behind arguably the world’s most competitive junior single-seater championship will remain with the regulations largely unchanged.

The acclaimed “EcoBoost” technology based 1.6 litre Ford engine will power the advanced-carbon fibre chassis from Mygale, as drivers battle it out on track.

FIA Super Licence Points, the prestigious title of FIA British Formula 4 Champion, a test with a leading FIA Euro F3 team and a share of a £30,000 prize fund from Ford Motor Company are all up for grabs.

The series will continue to reflect Ford’s longstanding support of grassroots motor racing, a commitment which has spanned almost 50 years.

Ahead of the new season Ford Performance’s Gerard Quinn commented: “Ford is one of the few manufacturers involved in this level of racing in terms of funding and managing a championship.

“By playing such an integral role at this level we are enabling young talent to go racing and make it to the top of the sport.

“With the series endorsed by the FIA, the Super Licence points drivers earn in this championship will facilitate their progression to the pinnacle of motorsport.”

A wealth of talent
Reigning champions Carlin boast an enviable quartet of drivers. It includes Devlin DeFrancesco who makes the trip across the pond having dominated the North American karting scene; the experienced hands of James Pull and Petru Florescu who both competed in the series last year and finally Max Fewtrell. The latter exhibiting a level of speed and consistency during pre-season preparations which has seen many already tip him for the title.

Another returnee to the series is JHR Developments driver Sennan Fielding, who is looking to build upon his momentum from three race wins and an impressive end to 2015. Jerseyman Jack Butel also seeks Ford British F4 title glory at the second time of asking and Billy Monger arrives fresh from Ginetta Juniors. 2015 rival and Ginetta Junior Champion Jamie Caroline makes the switch to single-seaters with Jamun Racing, whilst Patrik Matthiesen heads up the JTR assault.

A host of challengers arrive on the back of successful Australian F4 campaigns. Red Bull Junior Team driver Luis Leeds leads the TRS Arden charge; whilst Harry Hayek competes for Jamun and Zane Goddard embarks upon a season with Double R Racing. German Carrie Schreiner will team up with Goddard at selected rounds, dovetailing her Ford British F4 commitments with German F4.

This season Ford British F4 is once again the only single seater series open to drivers under the age of 16 and its youngest entrant, TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons, faces a frustrating wait until his fifteenth birthday to compete from Thruxton onwards. Another 15-year-old in the shape of fellow Young Racing Driver Academy member Jack Martin lines up alongside him in Garry Horner’s squad. Meanwhile, Rafael Martins is aiming to turn a collection of podiums and Rookie Class victories last year into the perfect foundation for a concerted title effort.

Fortec Motorsports is another team to feature four drivers. It’s headed by Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn and Formula Kart Stars Champion Ross Martin. Both have been standout performers in testing. They will be joined by Frank Bird and Dane Nicolai Kjaergaard.

Never miss the action
Ford British F4 is contested over a 10 meeting, 30 race schedule. It enjoys pride of place as the sole single-seater support series to the UK’s premier motorsport package, the British Touring Car Championship. The series visits all major British circuits, boasting live Sunday-afternoon television coverage on ITV4, as well as a highlights package on the channel’s Motorsport UK programme.

About Ford British F4
The motive power for the Ford British F4 chassis is the 1.6 litre DI turbocharged EcoBoost – a mainstay of Ford’s performance car range. It is a 160 PS unit which successfully powered the MSA Formula cars throughout 2015, designed and manufactured by Ford in Britain and supplied at a price to meet the FIA’s mandated price cap.

It is the only engine homologated by the FIA for use in F4 chassis in the UK. The engines and their electronic management systems are supplied by engine tuner Sodemo in sealed form following dyno testing and power matching to ensure a level and fair playing field.

The championship’s carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, designed to meet exacting FIA safety standards, is supplied by respected French manufacturer Mygale. Based at Magny Cours, Mygale was founded in 1989 by Bertrand Decoster; its first car was a Formula Ford. This combination has gone on to win championships around the globe, including the last ten MSA Formula and Formula Ford championships in Britain.

The Mygale F4 chassis is designed around the FIA F3 level safety requirements, including front and rear impact absorbing structures, anti-intrusion side panels, roll hoops, FIA head restraint system, wheel restraining cables, FIA safety seat and retractable steering wheel and column.

A pole position prize will be 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.

Ford British F4 cars race on Hankook slick tyres, identical in compound and construction to those employed in the FIA European F3 Championship. This means drivers are be able to gain valuable experience of the tyres and their characteristics ahead of a step up to FIA Euro F3.