1 FEBRUARY, 2018 – Irish racing prodigy Lucca Allen has joined Fortec Motorsports to compete in the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.
Having contested the second half of the 2017 British F4 season following his fifteenth birthday, Allen returns to the UK’s leading junior single-seater series this year as he continues to work his way up the FIA single-seater pyramid to Formula 1.
Allen is one of Ireland’s leading contenders to become a future Formula 1 star and follows in the footsteps of many of the sport’s most notable champions by choosing to compete in Britain, the home of Formula 1.
Furthermore, striking a deal to race with front-running squad Fortec Motorsports serves as a signal of intent from Allen. Drivers who have enjoyed success with the British team include Juan Pablo Montoya, Marcus Ericsson, Stoffel Vandoorne and Charles Leclerc, to name but a few.
Allen’s rise up through the regional and national karting ranks saw him win the Irish race of champions’ trophy in 2015 and the National Irish Championship in 2014. His strong karting record has provided him with an ideal foundation from which to make the step up to racing cars in the F4 British Championship, where he became the first Irish racer to compete in the series and recorded 10 Ford F4 Challenge Cup podiums.
“It’s a great honour to drive for one of the top teams in British F4,” said Allen. “My tests with Fortec last year went really well. I am very grateful to them for taking me on and giving me the opportunity to fight for the title. I cannot wait for the season to start!”
“We are very excited to have Lucca join the Fortec family and to see him race in our iconic red, white and black livery during the 2018 F4 British Championship,” added Fortec Motorpsorts team manager Oliver Dutton.
“Lucca impressed during winter testing, showing us he had the pace and determination to fight at the front of the pack.
“Lucca has a fantastic ability to capture, process and retain information and then translate it onto the track. I am confident that he will continue to improve and develop this year and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”
Images by Oliver Dutton and Jakob Ebrey Photography.