Hoggard sets sights on top step with F4 British Championship return

21 FEBRUARY, 2018 – Talented 17-year-old Johnathan Hoggard from Spalding, UK has re-joined forces with Fortec Motorsports for the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, after showing great potential over four meetings in the UK’s leading junior single-seater series last season.

Despite his young age, Hoggard’s motor racing career already boasts numerous achievements. A rapid rise through the karting ranks saw him win the prestigious Official MSA Junior Karting Championship, claim third in the Super 1 National Rotax Max Junior series and represent Great Britain in the Rotax Grand Final in Sarno, Italy.

Like so many of the world’s top karters, the step up to the F4 British Championship beckoned and he joined the Ford EcoBoost-powered field half-way through the 2017 campaign.

Hoggard wasted no time showcasing his talent behind the wheel of a single-seater, recording the fastest time in testing at both Snetterton and Silverstone. The latter became the scene of his maiden podium, as he stood alongside eventual champion Jamie Caroline and vice-champion Oscar Piastri.

“I’m delighted that everything has finally been agreed, allowing me to compete in the F4 British Championship with Fortec Motorsports this year,” said Hoggard.

“Last year my priority was to focus on my education and GCSE examinations. This meant I was only able to compete in four meetings at the end of the season.

“To get that first podium finish at Silverstone so early on in my single-seater career was the standout moment from a restricted rookie campaign.

“Winter testing has gone exceptionally well. Fortec have given me fantastic support and guidance to ensure I am fully prepared for this season.

“We have a great spirit within the team, with superb people and the winning mentality which is needed to challenge for the championship.

“I’m incredibly excited to see what we can achieve during the course of 2018.”

Having proved to be more than a match for the class of 2017, Hoggard has got his sights set firmly on the top step this year. It is an ambition shared by Fortec Motorsports British F4 team manager Oliver Dutton.

“We are delighted that Johnathan is remaining part of the Fortec family this year,” he said.

“Johnathan is a product of the Fortec Driver Development Programme and we have watched him mature during a very successful winter testing programme. He has impressed us with his excellent pace and consistency throughout.

“I am confident he will develop into a race winner, and with hard work and determination a strong championship contender.”

Images by Oliver Dutton and Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Ford F4 Challenge Cup champion Hampus Ericsson returns to British F4

16 FEBRUARY, 2018 – 15-year-old Hampus Ericsson from Kumla, Sweden will contest the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with Fortec Motorsports in 2018, after winning the Ford F4 Challenge Cup in the final race of the 2017 season.

Ericsson returns to the UK’s leading junior single-seater series after an impressive rookie year in which he secured a record nine Challenge Cup class wins, whilst also stepping onto the main podium at Knockhill and Brands Hatch. This year the young Team BAUHAUS backed driver returns with his eyes firmly on the main prize. 

“I am thrilled to be returning to the F4 British Championship after winning the Challenge Cup last season and can’t wait for the first round at Brands Hatch,” said Ericsson.

“I am excited to be back with Fortec after a successful 2017 season. Last year was a big learning curve for me. It was my first time in a single-seater and I had to become familiar with all the British tracks.

“I feel very comfortable with the team and after some great finishes last year I’m confident we can work together to achieve a top result. I am doing everything within my power to prepare myself both physically and mentally for a competitive 2018 season.

“A massive thank you to my sponsor Team BAUHAUS for making this possible, and everyone who has invested in myself and my career so far.”

Ericsson, the youngest member of Svensk Bilsport – Sweden’s national team for drivers – turned heads in the final round of the 2017 F4 British Championship at Brands Hatch. The Swede made a bold move around the outside of vice-champion Oscar Piastri at Druids and swiftly overtook newly-crowned champion Jamie Caroline at the following corner, as he fought through the field from from ninth on the grid to seize the final spot on the podium.

Ericsson’s pedigree and talent are unquestionable as he looks to prove himself on the main stage and race at the front of a highly competitive field, featuring a host of gifted youngsters.   

Ericsson’s older brother, Marcus, was no stranger to success with the Fortec Motorsports team. He won the Formula BMW UK Championship in his rookie year and went on to score a number of podiums with the team in Formula 3 before climbing his way up to Formula 1.

“Hampus has showed great natural talent over the past year and we have kept this momentum over winter testing,” said Fortec Motorsports team manager Oliver Dutton.

“There’s no doubting that Hampus has raw speed and talent. He has been very competitive throughout his karting career and set the lap record at the World Junior Karting Finals in Bahrain.

“Hampus is maturing into a confident racing driver. He knows what it takes to be successful and is very passionate about the sport. I am excited to see what Hampus can deliver this year.”

Images by Oliver Dutton and Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Fortec Motorsports sign Lucca Allen for 2018 F4 British Championship

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.