Sharp confirms British F4 return

2 MARCH, 2018 – Jamie Sharp has confirmed a return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with his father’s outfit Sharp Motorsport.

A maiden season for Sharp and the team in single-seaters last year yielded a handful of top-10 finishes, with a best result of seventh coming at Donington Park on the way to 15th in the standings.

Both are now targeting a move up the grid, buoyed by their showing in the first official pre-season test at Brands Hatch which saw them record the fourth-fastest time.

Said Jamie Sharp: “I’m really looking forward to this season. We’ve been working hard over the winter and I’m confident heading into the first race on the back of all the training I have done.

“I feel prepared for a more successful year, but we need to see how the rest of testing goes to get a more accurate picture of how competitive we are.

“I hope to be running at the front from the very early stages and I’m excited to see how much the team and I progress throughout the year.”

“We’ve worked incredibly hard over the winter to give Jamie the best possible chance this year,” added team boss Joe Sharp.

“Jamie’s got new management so 2018 should be a good year for us. We’re doing lots of things differently – we’ve had a year of learning now.”

It’s been a successful winter with regard to sponsorship for the team from Rochdale. It heads into the season with the continued support of Roydon Group, UK Truck Sale, Universal Bodies, The Vehicle Wrapping Centre in Leeds and has added J Davidson and Kelsa Truck Products to the roster.

J Davidson are specialists in scrap metal processing, while Kelsa design and manufacture a wide range of high quality anodised aluminium and polished stainless steel spotlight bars for trucks.

Sharp also raised the prospect of running more than one car in 2018 and is eager to increase the number of drivers in the squad, as it continues to reap the rewards from working with Stuart Jones’ Pure Pace Performance Management.

“We’re in talks with other drivers so we may be running more than one car,” he said. “Jamie needs a team-mate for the data and it makes us a team.

“We have a new performance package in place now and see ourselves as a fully functioning, competitive race team which has earned the right to stand alongside the established teams in the paddock.

“With the training and development plans we have put in place with Pure Pace Performance Management, which are aimed at improving all aspects of the team including technical, sporting and commercial, it will be interesting to see where we are in relation to the competition. I cannot wait to see what we achieve this year.”

British F4 history makers head to Oulton Park

18 MAY, 2017 – Having thrilled fans a fortnight ago with some of the most memorable races in the championship’s recent history, featuring frenetic battles for position throughout the field, Formula 1’s stars of tomorrow are back! They are set to provide a spectacle to savour as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost takes to the track at Cheshire’s picturesque Oulton Park this weekend (20/21 May).

Carlin’s Jamie Caroline is in the ascendancy. At Thruxton the championship leader became the first driver to win all three British F4 races in one meeting, taking his victory tally to seven for the season. Caroline’s success has been all the more remarkable given that he has had to produce performances from the very top-drawer, with some of the world’s most talented junior single-seater racers pushing him to the limit.

TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri sits second in the standings having visited the podium more than any driver with the exception of Caroline, while team-mate Ayrton Simmons is one of only three drivers to win a race this season. The other having been clinched by Double R’s Linus Lundqvist who broke the lap record at Thruxton. All have consistently shown front-running pace going toe-to-toe with Caroline and they will seek to make inroads on his advantage at the top of the table.

Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports) has emerged as a leading player, heading the Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings and battling for overall race victory after claiming a maiden pole at Thruxton. It came following countless hours of hard work with Richard Dutton’s team and Andy Priaulx Sports Management. With qualifying seemingly mastered, the international kart champion will have turned his attention to race pace ahead of his trip to Cheshire.

Another driver on the up is Logan Sargeant (Carlin). Thruxton was his strongest weekend to date. The highlight being his first podium in the series. The American shone during pre-season, setting the pace in the test at Oulton Park at the beginning of February.

His team-mate Patrik Pasma is a mere two points behind him in the standings with a brace of podiums to his name. Karl Massaad (Double R) starred on the rostrum for the first time at Thruxton, bringing home his biggest haul of points of the campaign so far. Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) joined him with second in the same race and like Massaad the 2016 Rookie Champion is gunning for wins this weekend.

Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Harry Webb (Richardson Racing) were inseparable on track last time out, providing an exhilarating battle which saw Daniel Cao (Double R) also get in on the act. Sharp will intend to make home advantage count, with the Rochdale racer just an hour up the road from the circuit. Jacky Liu (GW Motorsport) is looking to record his first point score of the campaign; meanwhile Lucas Alecco Roy (Carlin) aims to return to the top 10 after a fruitless weekend at Thruxton.

There are two official test sessions at Oulton Park scheduled for Friday, with qualifying and two races on Saturday followed by a Sunday afternoon BTCC-supporting finale which will be televised live on ITV4.

Oulton Park timetable
Friday 19 May
1130-1215 & 1540-1625 Testing

Saturday 20 May
0905 Qualifying; 1415 Race 1; 1745 Race 2

Sunday 21 May
1100 Driver Autograph Session and British F4 VR Experience at Ford Race Centre
1405 Race 3 LIVE ON ITV4

On TV – Live on ITV4 & itv.com Sunday 1405.
On Radio – Listen to live circuit commentary on British F4 Radio.
Listen to interviews throughout the weekend here.
Follow live timing and results here.
Event details & tickets here.

Sharp Motorsport means business in its maiden British F4 season

16 FEBRUARY, 2017 – Sharp Motorsport may be new to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, but the early signs suggest they have all the resources at their disposal to make a major impact in the UK’s leading single-seater series.

With a stunning, crimson red Ford EcoBoost-powered racer that is sure to be a contender for best looking car of 2017; along with an imposing team truck more akin to the behemoths that grace the Formula 1 paddock, the team from Rochdale unquestionably mean business.

Following an early off in the first official pre-season test at Oulton Park, driver Jamie Sharp bounced back brilliantly in the wet, putting together an impressive long run and leaving many wondering what lap time he could have achieved in the dry.

The team are at Brands Hatch for the second official pre-season test today and will no doubt be eager to see how their 15-year-old rising star fares against some of the world’s fastest junior single-seater stars.

Explained Jamie Sharp: “Going from karting to British F4 is a bit surreal really. It’s absolutely awesome. The biggest difference is that you feel a lot more secure in the car.

“At the moment it’s all about getting to grips with the car. Last year was full of firsts for me and I’m sure there will be many more this year.

“It’s also great to be part of the Young Racing Driver Academy which aids my development and I know I can always turn to them for help.”

Added father and team owner Joe Sharp: “The test at Oulton Park was a bit challenging, but in the wet Jamie did really well, especially considering he had never been out in the wet or driven the track before the test.

“To only be about half a second off the pace of the fastest drivers in the wet is pretty good going. We couldn’t ask for much more than that at this stage.

“I’m really happy we have got to where we are now and I’m very excited about where we are going.

“The team we have put together is great with our technician Connor Arnold and our manager/engineer Mark Godwin. Without them this wouldn’t be possible. We really do have a dream team.”

While Sharp is focused on achieving strong results from the outset and establishing his team as frontrunner in British F4, he is keen to bring more drivers into the squad.

“We’re looking to grow the team with more drivers and sponsors,” said Sharp. “We would love to take on some more for 2017. Taking an even longer term view, the plan is to run three cars next year.

“Drivers who haven’t necessarily got the biggest budgets can come to us and still get top quality support for a lower budget.

“We’re looking to nurture young drivers. We have a family atmosphere in this team and we want to welcome youngsters into our family.”

Sharp was also keen to highlight the roster of key sponsors who are supporting his fledgling team.

“Tokyo Laundry do all our clothing. They’ve been great. The Young Racing Driver Academy really look after us too. We do all of our simulator work with them.

“Universal Bodies have done a fantastic job painting the team truck, Kelsa are the people behind all the lighting on it and the team at The Vehicle Wrapping Centre in Leeds worked their magic with our British F4 car.

“Roydon Group and UK Truck Sale are big sponsors of ours too and they have been absolutely brilliant.”

This year’s second official F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford pre-season test takes place today at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. The same track at which the inaugural rounds of the season will take place on 1-2 April. All the action can be followed via live timing.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is still accepting registrations for the 2017 season and those looking for more information should contact championship coordinator Eve Lake-Grange.

Sargeant leads the way in opening British F4 test

  • Dream debut for Logan Sargaent who tops times for reigning champions Carlin.
  • TRS Arden test several drivers who shone throughout, namely Australian karting ace Oscar Piastri.
  • Double R make promising start to 2017 with Lundqvist and Massaad on the pace.

3 FEBRUARY, 2017 – The 2017 season of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford burst into life with its first official pre-season test at Oulton Park. A host of newcomers were eager to lay down a marker for the year ahead and prove they have what it takes to claim the most prestigious prize in UK single-seater racing. Karting prodigy Logan Sargaent made the biggest statement topping both sessions for Carlin, but he was pushed hard by some of motor racing’s most exciting young prospects.

Sargeant impressed in the morning, frequently found towards the top of the times, but he left it late to record his best of the session. A lap of 1m 23.857s coming just before the chequered flag. It was a time that could only be beaten by Sargaent himself. The American raised the bar in the afternoon with a 1m 23.762s to see out the remainder of the test as fastest.

There were a host of contenders for top spot though, with Australian karting ace Oscar Piastri leading the charge for TRS Arden as one of three drivers testing with Garry Horner’s crack squad. It was a hugely encouraging showing from the 15-year-old who caught the eye of many up and down the paddock. His time of 1m 23.930s proving to be the second quickest of the day, just under two tenths shy of Sargeant.

Carlin’s Patrik Pasma wound up third fastest with a lap of 1m 24.004s. The Finn quietly went about his test programme and looked assured behind the wheel of his Ford EcoBoost-powered racer.

Ayrton Simmons pushed hard out on track and a little too far in the morning, resulting in a trip to the tyre barrier. TRS Arden pulled off the necessary repairs in rapid time to give the 15-year-old valuable dry weather running before rain started to fall halfway through the second session. Despite an eventful day, fourth fastest for British F4’s 2016 Rookie class vice-champion was a positive showing after a lengthy winter break.

Yves Baltas also impressed for TRS Arden; eighth fastest and a wealth of experience gained in tricky conditions around the 2.2-mile Cheshire circuit. The American improved throughout the day recording his best time in the afternoon.

Recently announced Double R recruit Linus Lundqvist had an excellent test, shining in the first session and went into the lunch break with the third fastest time. The 17-year-old shaved a few hundredths off his best time in the afternoon to round off a promising day for the Woking outfit.

The positivity in the Double R camp was enhanced further by Karl Massaad. The karting champion from Lebanon completed 99 laps, more than any other driver, on his way to eighth fastest. Both he and Lundqvist keeping their cars out of the barriers for the duration. No mean feat in tricky conditions and when still learning about the Ford EcoBoost-powered machines at their disposal.

Ahead of Massaad on the time sheets could be found the familiar name of Jamie Caroline. One of British F4’s many star drivers during 2016; the race winner got a taste of what it’s like to run with the reigning champion team, putting in a solid morning’s work for Carlin.

Rookie Lucas Roy, who had signed with Carlin one day prior to the test, set about getting to grips with the 160 horsepower beneath him, as opposed to just the one which he has been used to in the sport of dressage.

Elsewhere, Lucca Allen was another improver as the day progressed for Falcon Motorsport. The Irish youngster looked increasingly comfortable behind the wheel. It was a welcome sight to see Nick Streatfield’s Falcon Motorsport team back on the track in British F4 doing what they do best; nurturing young talent.

Jamie Sharp’s off at the very beginning of the test brought a premature end to his running in the first session, but new team Sharp Motorsport worked their magic to get him back out in the afternoon. Rain meant leaving Oulton Park wondering what kind of time Sharp could have set in the dry, but a consistent long run in wet conditions suggests the 15-year-old has all the ingredients to succeed in 2017.

Attention now turns to Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit on Thursday 16 February, 2017. With the field already looking very evenly matched and numerous drivers yet to be announced by the F4 British Championship’s array top motor racing teams, there will be no shortage of intrigue to see who will set the pace in the second test of 2017.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Oulton Park 4 February 2017 (Session 1 / Session 2)
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:23.857 / 1:23.762
2 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:23.930 / 1:24.116
3 Partik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:24.004 / 1:24.690
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:24.564 / 1:24.205
5 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:24.398 / 1:24.354
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:24.617 / No time set
7 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R 1:24.751 / 1:24.919
8 Yves BALTAS / USA / Arden 1:25.217 / 1:24.928
9 Lucas ROY / GER / Carlin 1:27.341 / 1:26.989
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Falcon 1:27.950 / 1:27.868
11 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp No time set / 1:39.536

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Jamie Sharp sets sights on British F4 success with new team Sharp Motorsport

  • Young Racing Driver Academy ace Jamie Sharp to take on single-seater rising stars in 2017.
  • Sharp Motorsport to fly flag for north west England in Ford EcoBoost-powered series.

9 NOVEMBER, 2016 – Jamie Sharp will make the step up to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford in 2017 with new team Sharp Motorsport which will be run by his father Joe Sharp.

15-year-old Sharp will compete for the most coveted championship in British single-seater racing on the back of seven years of karting and has a significant amount of single-seater mileage under his belt with TRS Arden as part of the Young Racing Driver Academy (YRDA). His karting accolades in 2015 alone include MBKC Junior X30 Club Champion, MBKC Junior X30 Cup and Autumn Series Champion, as well as MBKC Junior X30 Winter Series Champion.

Although Jamie will remain part of the YRDA, both he and his father are not daunted by the prospect of taking on the F4 British Championship’s grid of established, high quality teams.

Said his father Joe Sharp: “Jamie has been doing a lot of testing and work with Arden over the last 18 months so he’s got quite a lot of experience.

“We decided to start our own team because we wanted to be in complete control and felt that it would be more fun for everyone. Family and friends are able to have greater involvement which means we can spend time together as we try to achieve our goals.

“Having my own international transport company (Sharp Freight) has also made starting up a team much easier because we already have a lot of the infrastructure in place with vehicles and workshops at our disposal.

“Arden have been so supportive of us. They’ve really looked after Jamie. We’ve done so much training and testing with them. It’s been fantastic, as has the support from championship organisers Racingline who have been helping us out as much as they can.”

Jamie Sharp is unsurprisingly ecstatic about getting the opportunity to race in the UK’s leading single-seater series: “It’s a bit overwhelming in a way, but it’s going to be an incredible experience and I cannot wait to start my first full season racing in cars.

“Testing has gone really well. Every time I go out on the track I improve both my technique and times. I’m really enjoying learning about the car and it’s so much fun to drive.”

According to the Rochdale racer there are some key elements which make competing in the F4 British Championship special: “The fact that it’s on the TOCA package and is the only single-seater support series for the BTCC is a huge plus. It brings with it a lot of attention from fans and the media.

“It is also amazing to race in a championship that has the backing of such a big automotive manufacturer in the form of Ford. To have their engines and EcoBoost technology in the British F4 car is fantastic.

“It’s very exciting to think that my single-seater career has every possibility of going on to even greater heights thanks to this first step with Ford. It gives me added motivation to succeed.”

Success is something that not only father Joe has his sights set on for his son, but also for other rising stars and motorsport talent close to home: “In addition to Jamie we want to be able to give youngsters with less budget the chance to compete and we are trying to source as many people from the north west because there aren’t any teams based in this part of the country.

“Although we will be a small team to begin with we want people to take us seriously. We want to give our drivers the best opportunities so that means giving them the best cars thanks to top engineering talent, as well as a team that looks the part.

“I want to do the best that I can next year and have fun too. If I can get used to the car as much as possible and get everything right before the season starts hopefully I can have a good 2017,” said Jamie Sharp ahead of his first Ford EcoBoost-powered campaign.

“I would love to win the championship in my first year, but I know the quality of the drivers in British F4 is incredibly high. It would be amazing to be up there at front. Ending 2017 as best of the newcomers would be a great achievement.”

“To be able to announce the arrival of two new teams to the F4 British Championship in less than a month is hugely exciting,” commented championship manager David Lowe. “It’s testament to the popularity of the series, but also the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes to make British F4 affordable and approachable for newcomers.

“With Sharp Motorsport joining our grid of esteemed teams we will have an outfit representing the north west of England. In addition to this, in Jamie Sharp the team has a driver with a very bright future ahead of him who has all the ingredients to succeed in the UK’s most competitive single-seater championship.”