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.