British F4 race winner Ayrton Simmons returns with JHR Developments

19 MARCH, 2018 – 16-year-old British F4 race winner Ayrton Simmons-Fernandez will return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost for his second full season in the series with JHR Developments.

Simmons who won at Brands Hatch last year, is targeting the title as he joins Steven Hunter’s squad for 2018. He will be joined at the team by JHR returnee Manuel Sulaimán and newcomer Josh Skelton.

“When we were given the opportunity to join JHR Developments for 2018 it was a no brainer,” explained Simmons. “I have seen how professionally they operate over the last couple of years.

“We will have a limited testing plan due to my other commitments, but we all feel that I can have a genuine shot at the championship.

“Having Manuel Sulaimán as a team mate is great news as we are both native Spanish speakers and good friends away from the track.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank my outstanding sponsors DWS, ELEV8 and Couper Earnshaw for their support. They are all as excited as me to be part of the JHR family.”

Said JHR Developments team principal Steven Hunter: “We have followed Ayrton’s progress with interest as he is an incredibly talented young driver. This will be his second full season in British F4 and we feel he has an excellent chance of fighting for the title.

“We have finished runner-up and third in the championship with drivers in the past and with the team we have assembled we are sure we have a great chance to fight for outright championship honours in 2018.”

European karting star Josh Skelton joins British F4

19 MARCH, 2018 – 17-year-old European karting star Josh Skelton from Dearham, Cumbria is the latest driver is to enter the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost as part of a stellar line up at JHR Developments.

The European Rotax Max and British Super One driver is targeting rookie honours in his first season of car racing. Said Skelton: “I am delighted to join JHR Developments for 2018. They have an incredible record of getting the best from young drivers and helping them achieve a high level of success.

“I know that Ayrton, Manuel and I will work well together and I hope to repay the faith placed in me by my sponsors Alpine Stars, Skelton Joinery and BJ Human Performance by bringing home some great results.”

Added JHR Developments team principal Steven Hunter: “We are absolutely delighted to attract such a talented driver in the form of Josh. It is a real coup for the team. Whilst he will be a rookie and need to learn the circuits, he has already shown us that he has an exceptional ability to learn quickly. We fully expect him to be at the sharp end of the grid soon.”

The 2018 F4 British Championship campaign gets underway at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 7/8 of April before moving on to Donington Park on 28/29 April.

Mexican star Manuel Sulaimán targeting more success in British F4

18 MARCH, 2018 – Manuel Sulaimán from Puebla, Mexico will return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost in 2018 to contest the entire campaign with JHR Developments and will be backed by the prestigious All Road Management team.

Sulaimán only competed in selected rounds in 2017 due to commitments in Mexico, yet even with his limited test and race schedule he managed to gain podium success in 2017 at Brands Hatch and is aiming for more of the same this year.

Recently signed to All Road Management, Sulaimán is looking forward to a successful 2018 season: “I am delighted to return to race in the F4 British Championship,” he said.

“It is the toughest F4 championship in the world to win given the quality of the drivers that compete in it. It’s where you want to be racing because battling with the best talent makes you raise your game.

“To be able to contest the season with JHR Developments again is brilliant. They know how to fight for the top positions having finished runner-up and third in the overall standings in the past. Their determination to win is incredible.”

JHR Developments team principal Steve Hunter added: “It is fantastic to have Manuel return with us for a full championship campaign.

“It will enable him to build on the success attained at the end of last year and there is no doubt in my mind that Manuel will be at the front of the grid all year. He has his sights set on bringing home a lot of silverware.”

The 2018 F4 British Championship gets underway at Brands Hatch in Kent over the weekend of 7/8 April, before moving on to Donington Park and Thruxton.

Simmons, Sulaimán and Skelton set sights on Ford EcoBoost-powered success with JHR Developments

16 MARCH, 2018 – JHR Developments have confirmed a trio of talented teenagers will contest the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with the squad. British F4 race winner Ayrton Simmons joins Steven Hunter’s outfit for his second full season in the series, alongside Manuel Sulaimán and Josh Skelton.

Simmons burst onto the single-seater scene partway through the 2016 campaign and capped it off with a superb podium in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch. The circuit has been a happy hunting ground for the Epping based racer. It was the location of his breakthrough maiden victory at the start of the 2017 season, in a year which would see him go on to finish seventh in the standings with a further five podiums to his name.

In 2018 Simmons is looking to make plenty more visits to the top step of the podium in his bid for the UK’s most coveted single-seater title.

“When we were given the opportunity to join JHR Developments for 2018 it was a no brainer,” explained Simmons. “I have seen how professionally they operate over the last couple of years.

“We will have a limited testing plan due to my other commitments, but we all feel that I can have a genuine shot at the championship.

“Having Manuel Sulaimán as a team mate is great news as we are both native Spanish speakers and good friends away from the track.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank my outstanding sponsors DWS, ELEV8 and Couper Earnshaw for their support. They are all as excited as me to be part of the JHR family.”

Manuel Sulaimán from Puebla, Mexico returns to the F4 British Championship in 2018 for a full season, having dovetailed commitments in the sister Mexican F4 series last year.

The 16-year-old starred on the podium in 2017 and is hoping for more of the same in 2018. Having recently been signed to the highly regarded management team All Road Management, Sulaimán is looking forward to proving himself against the best junior single-seater talent.

“I am delighted to return to race in the F4 British Championship,” said Sulaimán. “It is the toughest F4 championship in the world to win given the quality of the drivers that compete in it. It’s where you want to be racing because battling with the best talent makes you raise your game.

“To be able to contest the season with JHR Developments again is brilliant. They know how to fight for the top positions having finished runner-up and third in the overall standings in the past. Their determination to win is incredible.”

Josh Skelton from Dearham, Cumbria completes JHR Developments’ stellar line-up. The 17-year-old arrives on the back of a wealth of karting success in European Rotax Max and British Super One.

“I am thrilled to join JHR Developments for 2018,” said Skelton. “They have such an incredible record of getting the best from young drivers and helping them to achieve high levels of success.

“I know that Ayrton, Manuel and I will work well together and I hope to repay the faith placed in me by my sponsors Alpine Stars, Skelton Joinery and BJ Human Performance by bringing home some great results.”

Said JHR Developments team principal Steven Hunter following his raft of driver announcements: “We have followed Ayrton’s progress with interest as he is an incredibly talented young driver. This will be his second full season in British F4 and we feel he has an excellent chance of fighting for the title.

“It is fantastic to have Manuel return with us for a full championship campaign. It will enable him to build on the success attained at the end of last year and there is no doubt in my mind that Manuel will be at the front of the grid all year.

“Finally, attracting such a talented driver in the form of Josh is a real coup for the team.  Whilst he will be a rookie and need to learn the circuits, he has already shown us that he has an exceptional ability to learn quickly. We fully expect him to be at the sharp end of the grid soon.”

York takes second Ford EcoBoost-powered win of career

  • Fast-starting York scores win number two of campaign.
  • Caroline follows up Championship win with brilliant second place.
  • Manuel Sulaiman claims maiden British F4 podium.

30 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Fortec Motorsports’ Oliver York seized the initiative in a dramatic race at Brands Hatch to take his second win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Having made an excellent getaway which almost saw him take second place in the opening exchanges from front row starter Patrik Pasma; York pulled off more start line heroics after the race was restarted following a red flag on lap two after a collision involving Harry Dyson, Jamie Sharp and Lucas Alecco Roy.

The Fortec Motorsports racer shot off the line and squeezed through a gap not much wider than a British F4 car between Manuel Sulaiman and Pasma to take the lead. The latter taking to pit lane for a nosecone change. Fastest lap of the race acting as some consolation.

In second place Manuel Sulaiman was soon under pressure from Jamie Caroline who, having been crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion in the preceding race, was determined to celebrate in the best way possible by pushing to the absolute limit.

The Warlingham racer pulled off some audacious overtakes to make quick progress up the order from eighth. A particular highlight was his pass on race one winner Linus Lundqvist into Paddock Hill Bend on lap two; Caroline leaving it late to dive down Lundqvist’s inside, locking his front right tyre and just holding on to make the corner without running off the track.

Starting sixth at the restart provided Caroline with the opportunity to entertain with another trademark storming start, overtaking several cars around the outside of turn one and he ultimately dispatched Sulaiman with a precision move through Clearways.

It left York having to fend off the advancing Caroline for the lead and he did so brilliantly to cross the finish line just 0.330s ahead of Caroline.

Said York: “My first start was really good, but the second start was even better. The initial launch was spot on and it helped propel me into the lead before the first corner.

“I thought we were going to crash because the gap was incredibly tight as Manuel and Patrik began to close it down, but thankfully I came out unscathed!

“I had the advantage over Caroline through turns three and four. It’s quite hard to overtake here and getting the initial gap was a big help in keeping him at bay.

“It’s a great result for the team to get this win at the end of the season and we bounced back brilliantly from the disappointment of qualifying when we couldn’t show our true pace after a trip into the wall.”

Added Caroline: “I was so close to hitting Linus when I made that move. He didn’t give me much room, but I thought I would send it up the inside with a bold attack.

“Second place is a great result from eighth on the grid. York had newer tyres than me in that race and that was the difference in the end.

“Tomorrow we’ll aim to end the campaign in style. It would be fantastic to make it 11 wins for the season. I’ve got to make my records harder for future drivers in this championship to beat!”

Behind the leading pair, JHR Developments driver Sulaiman was putting on an exemplary display of defensive driving as Logan Sargeant, Oscar Piastri and Ayrton Simmons hunted him down for the final podium spot. Sulaiman was resolute however and refused to crack under the pressure, positioning his car perfectly to bring home his maiden British F4 podium.

Said an ecstatic Sulaiman: “My first start was really good. It was fantastic to be out front for the first couple of laps, leading the race.

“Although we couldn’t quite get the win, I’m so happy to get my first podium in the series. It’s a brilliant result for the team and I. We’ve been working so hard for this.

“To finish the year on a high like this is special. We have been fast in all conditions this weekend so it’s great to turn that pace into a strong result. I think we really showed that pace too in the battle with Sargeant. To keep him behind shows how far we have come in such a short space of time.”

TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell put in one of his best performances of the season to finish seventh after holding off the experienced pairing of Linus Lundqvist and Alex Quinn.

Caldwell’s strong points finish was made even sweeter as he secured his second Ford F4 Challenge Cup win of the day with fellow Challenge Cup runners Harry Webb, Lucca Allen and Hampus Ericsson finishing 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.

Richardson Racing’s Webb will be happiest of the trio, extending his Challenge Cup lead by six more points to give him a nine point advantage over Ericsson heading into the final race of the season. Meanwhile Falcon Motorsport’s Allen battled brilliantly to keep Ericsson behind him and take the final podium spot in the Class.

“Hampus had a good qualifying which put him ahead of us in race one, but then he had an off in the first race and we’ve just capitalised from there,” said Caldwell.

“Being able to hold Lundqvist back, a driver who has fought at the front all year is a great result for me. It felt like we were slightly quicker too so that makes me really happy.

“My restart after the red flag was really good and I got Karl Massaad off the line which is important because it put another driver between myself and the rest of the Challenge Cup runners.

“I would love to make it a hat-trick of Challenge Cup wins this weekend. We’ve done it twice today so hopefully it can be third time lucky tomorrow.”

The season finale is set for 1502 on Sunday and will be televised live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 29 Brands Hatch GP 30 September 2017
8 laps / 19.46 miles
1 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 11m 49.209s / 98.81mph
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +0.330s
3 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +4.949s
4 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +5.241s
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +5.465s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +5.714s
7 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden +10.907s
8 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +11.084s
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +11.250s
10 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +14.340s etc.

Fastest lap: Patrik Pasma 1m 27.351s / 100.28mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Caldwell; 2 Webb; 3 Allen; Ericsson

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 434 points; 2 Piastri 366.5; 3 Sargeant 356; 4 Lundqvist 288.5; 5 Quinn 282; 6 York 268.5; 7 Simmons 257.5; 8 Pasma 155.5; 9 Massaad 82; 10 Webb 68 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 351.5 points; 2 Ericsson 342.5; 3 York 304.5; 4 Caldwell 284; 5 Allen 201; 6 Monger 100

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Harry Dyson makes switch to British F4 with JHR Developments and BMR Academy

12 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Harry Dyson will make the step up to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost for the remainder of 2017 and contest the 2018 season, after agreeing a deal with BMR Racing to join its BMR Academy in association with JHR Developments.

Dyson, who turns 15 today, has been no stranger to success with JHR Developments this year. He took his maiden win in cars at the opening round of the 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship at Brands Hatch and followed it up with an array of top five finishes, having previously spent several years cutting his teeth in karting.

“I am looking forward to switching to the F4 British Championship for the last two meetings of the season,” said Dyson. “It’s been a challenging year, but I feel very lucky to be joining the BMR Academy as the next step in my development.

“Being part of the BMR Academy and continuing with JHR Developments means I embark upon this next chapter with the best support which will give me the chance to race at the front.“

“I am delighted to have Harry on board,” commented BMR Racing team principal Warren Scott. “He has demonstrated what he is capable of this year and I am very pleased that with the partnership of JHR Developments we can make his step up to the F4 British Championship a reality.

“I am confident that the BMR Academy will give him the ideal platform to learn and we all look forward to supporting him in his future development.”

The BMR Academy is a driver development programme created by BMR Racing to assist drivers in progressing to the British Touring Car Championship. Drivers who have benefitted from this support include BMR Racing’s very own BTCC driver Ash Sutton.

Dyson will follow in the single-seater footsteps of Sutton, who took the 2014 Formula Ford Rookie title and a host of victories in the series which evolved into the F4 British Championship.

The pair have already struck up a close working relationship with Sutton providing extensive driver coaching to Dyson. Further support will come from fellow British F4 graduate Billy Monger who will be heavily involved in telemetry and data analysis.

“Harry proved himself in the Ginetta Junior Championship earlier this year and we recently gave him the opportunity to test the British F4 car alongside Manuel Sulaimán,” explained JHR Developments team manager Jules Phillips.

“It’s fair to say he outperformed all our expectations. Harry has made the decision to switch to the F4 British Championship for the rest of the season and it’s a great chance for him to get up to speed ahead of a championship challenge next year.”

“Harry is an exciting prospect and a fantastic addition to the F4 British Championship,” added championship manager David Lowe. “His impressive performances in karting and cars suggest he has all the attributes to succeed in the series.

“He underlined his potential in an official test at Silverstone last week when he lapped within a second of the quickest time, despite being up against drivers with far more experience.

“Not only has Harry demonstrated pace behind the wheel, he takes his training and responsibilities out of the car very seriously and at JHR Developments he finds himself part of a team which has a proven track record in British F4.”

Dyson’s competitive debut in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series will be at Silverstone this weekend (16/17 September, 2017).

JHR Developments to field Mexico’s Manuel Sulaimán in British F4’s Challenge Cup

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  • Front-running single-seater squad announces latest recruit.
  • Highly-rated teenager to tackle maiden campaign of British F4 in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series’ Challenge Cup.
  • Promising Mexican ace joins Billy Monger in 2017 line-up.

7 MARCH, 2017 – JHR Developments has added Manuel Sulaimán to its driving strength for the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, with the multiple Mexican karting champion set to do battle for the inaugural Ford F4 Challenge Cup.

Having already reconfirmed Billy Monger for the UK’s premier junior single-seater series, Dronfield-based JHR has bolstered its line-up with the recruitment of Sulaimán. The 16-year-old currently leads the ‘Rookie’ category in Mexico’s domestic NACAM Formula 4 Championship, tallying nine class victories from 14 starts in the 2016/17 campaign to-date, including a brace of outright podiums. The Puebla native sits an impressive sixth in the overall standings out of 23 contenders.

Sulaimán might be facing a learning curve given that both the championship and circuits will be new to him this year, but he is no stranger to the country having competed on British shores in karting in 2014/15. He is excited to be joining forces with front-running outfit JHR, which boasts no fewer than nine titles to its credit in the lower echelons of UK motor racing.

“Racing for JHR Developments in the F4 British Championship Challenge Cup in 2017 is a dream come true for me,” revealed Sulaimán. “We share the same philosophy and a common passion for winning, and I am sure that through hard work and determination, we can score some great results throughout the season.”

JHR Team Principal Steven Hunter has long been a champion of young talent, and he is convinced that his new protégé will quickly get to grips with the demands of the fiercely-disputed, ITV4-televised BTCC support series, which will officially rev into life at Brands Hatch Indy on 1/2 April.

“We are delighted to have Manuel on-board for 2017,” Hunter enthused. “With what he has achieved in karting and the potential he has shown in NACAM Formula 4, we have no doubt that he will soon get up-to-speed in British F4 – and the Ford F4 Challenge Cup gives him the ideal platform from which to both learn the ropes and make a name for himself. We are all very much looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together this season.”

Caroline comes to the fore in British F4 testing

  • Late flyer to claim top spot rounds off excellent testing performance from Jamie Caroline.
  • Lundqvist, Piastri, Sargeant and Simmons continue impressive testing form.
  • Monger and JHR immediately on the pace, as they take part in their first official pre-season test of 2017.

6 MARCH, 2017 – A sun-kissed Donington Park was the scene for the latest act in the battle for pre-season testing honours in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. All signs suggest another remarkably competitive season and on this occasion it was Jamie Caroline’s turn to star at the top of the timesheet; courtesy of a late flyer which put him just under two tenths of a second clear of Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist.

Caroline’s time of 1m 8.106s would have earned him a front row grid slot in qualifying at Donington Park last season, just 0.094s off pole. The Warlingham racer has been testing with reigning champions Carlin during pre-season and he once again underlined his credentials.

Swedish single-seater champion Lundqvist continued his fine testing form and the same can be said of fellow newcomers Oscar Piastri (TRS Arden) and Logan Sargeant (Carlin). The latter fastest in the morning session.

Billy Monger wasted no time getting reacquainted with his JHR-prepared Ford EcoBoost-powered racer in his first official pre-season test of 2017. Third fastest and a spell at the top of the times suggests that the Barnardo’s children’s charity ambassador has lost none of his speed during the winter break.

Another British F4 returnee, TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons, also impressed. Third quickest in the morning. The 15-year-old ended the test sixth overall.

Meanwhile, 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion Alex Quinn was on hand in the afternoon to conduct evaluation work for TRS Arden, recording the seventh quickest time.

The Fortec Motorsports pre-season testing double-act of Oliver York and Johnathan Hoggard wound up eighth and ninth fastest respectively, whilst Harry Webb also finished inside the top 10. The 19-year-old demonstrated his speed in both wet and dry conditions testing with Richardson Racing.

The progress of 2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup contender Olli Caldwell shows no sign of relenting after another strong showing, with Carlin’s Patrik Pasma just over a tenth behind him in 12th.

The latest driver to officially join the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, Manuel Sulaimán, put in a solid day’s work for JHR, just under a second and half off of the quickest time.

Elsewhere Double R’s Daniel Cao racked up an impressive 136 laps, equalling team-mate Lundqvist’s tally for the day, with stablemate Karl Massaad just 0.025s slower than Cao.

GW Motorsport’s Jacky Liu made consistent progress throughout the day’s running and recorded his best time on his very last lap, putting him just over a tenth adrift of Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy.

Jamie Sharp was a big improver. The Sharp Motorsport driver’s best time came in the afternoon and put him over a tenth clear of Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen as both gathered valuable mileage and data for their teams.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford teams and drivers have a quick turnaround following the excitement of Donington Park, with the next official pre-season test taking place tomorrow at Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Donington Park 6 March 2017 (AM/PM)
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:09.251s / 1:08.106
2 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:09.552 / 1:08.298
3 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 1:08.853 / 1:08.407
4 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:09.740 / 1:08.409
5 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:09.200 / 1:08.423
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:09.2016 / 1:08.636
7 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden No time set / 1:08.674
8 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:09.856 / 1:08.758
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:10.752 / 1:08.931
10 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson 1:10.446 / 1:08.962
11 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 1:10.451 / 1:09.012
12 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:10.365 / 1:09.146
13 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:11.026 / 1:09.526
14 Daniel CAO / CHN / Double R 1:12.249 / 1:09.810
15 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R 1:09.825 / No time set
16 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin 1:11.615 / 1:10.392
17 Jacky LIU / CHN / GW Motorsport 1:14.787 / 1:10.444
18 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 1:15.678 / 1:10.600
19 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Falcon 1:11.698 / 1:10.757

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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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Monger recommits to JHR Developments for 2017 British F4 title tilt

  • Derbyshire-based outfit confirms first 2017 British F4 signing.
  • Teenage star Monger bidding to build on burgeoning momentum.
  • Team targets single-seater spoils in UK’s toughest junior series.

Supplied by team’s PR.

2 NOVEMBER, 2016 – Front-running British motorsport outfit JHR Developments has announced the first of its drivers for the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, with impressive rookie Billy Monger returning to the UK’s premier junior single-seater series for an all-out title push.

Having stepped up to British F4 with JHR from the Ginetta Junior Championship this year, Monger proved to be a quick learner during his maiden campaign – so much so, that he claimed an eye-catching podium double only third time out at Thruxton, the fastest and most fearsome circuit in the country.

The 17-year-old added to his tally with another rostrum at Rockingham, although in truth, that result was a victory snatched from his grasp by late-race misfortune in the form of a temporary technical glitch on the very last lap after leading consummately throughout.

Monger additionally claimed a pole position and fastest lap, with a total of ten points-scoring finishes from 27 starts securing him 12th in the final standings, despite missing the mid-season outing at Croft due to budgetary shortfall.

Moving forward, JHR Team Principal Steven Hunter clearly has high hopes for his promising protégé as the Derbyshire-based operation looks to expand from three cars to four in 2017 in the fiercely-disputed, ITV4-televised BTCC support series, with a significant degree of interest from other prospective drivers in its remaining seats.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have Billy on-board again for another year,” enthused the man whose squad has no fewer than nine titles to its credit in the lower echelons of UK motor racing. “We knew he had immense potential from his stint with us in Ginetta Juniors, and he confirmed that time and again over the course of what was an exceptionally encouraging rookie campaign in British F4.

“Notwithstanding limited testing and his comparative lack of seat time in open-wheel machinery, Billy routinely took the fight to older and more experienced rivals and refused to be intimidated by anybody. He was tremendously unlucky not to win at Rockingham – one of a number of races in which he was denied the result he deserved – but more importantly, he proved he has the pace to run right at the front and be a regular contender for podium finishes if not more.

“It’s great news that we’ve been able to reach an agreement so soon after the end of the season, which means we can really crack on with our preparations for 2017 and lay the foundations for a concerted title bid.”

Monger explained that having forged such a strong relationship with JHR Developments over the past two years, it was an easy decision to remain with the Dronfield squad for a third consecutive campaign.

“For me, it was a no-brainer to stay with JHR,” revealed the Surrey-based teenager. “They’re a great bunch of guys and I feel very much at home inside the team, and that kind of environment really inspires confidence. I learned so much in 2016 as I got to grips with single-seaters, and I think my driving style is naturally quite well-suited to the discipline, which helped to speed things up a bit.

“We proved as the season advanced how much progress we have made and there’s plenty of potential to build upon, so now we need to carry that momentum into the winter and really knuckle down to ensure we come out-of-the-blocks firing on all cylinders next March. The target for 2017 has to be race wins, and if we can achieve that on a consistent basis, then there’s no reason why we can’t challenge for the championship.”