Eyes on the prize ahead of 2018 British F4 season

  • Plenty of valuable prizes up for grabs once again, including fully funded FIA Formula 3 European Championship test.
  • Rookie Cup returns in place of Challenge Cup.
  • Free entry to 2019 F4 British Championship for Rookie Cup winner.

22 JANUARY, 2018 – With the 2018 season fast approaching, changes in the prize structure for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost have been confirmed for the upcoming campaign. This year will see the return of the Rookie Cup in place of the Challenge Cup, as well as the usual plethora of valuable prizes available to entrants.

In 2018 the Ford EcoBoost-powered series will once again boast an incredibly desirable array of awards. All of which are fitting for a series which has become renowned for being one of the hardest FIA Formula 4 championships to win.

The prizes reflect Ford’s continued commitment to support young drivers; enabling the next generation of racers to advance to the highest echelons of motorsport. A commitment which has been further underlined by the championship continuing to keep entry and registration fees fixed since its inception in 2015.

Drivers who have no previous car racing experience will have even more to fight for in 2018 as they will be eligible for the Rookie Cup, along with the chance to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

As was the case in 2015 and 2016 when Enaam Ahmed and Alex Quinn took the respective Rookie titles, entry to the Rookie Cup will not bring with it any limits on testing mileage for drivers and the winner will receive free entry to the 2019 F4 British Championship.

F4 British Championship prizes for 2018 include:

  • £10,000 for the first driver to win all three races in a meeting.
  • £5,000 for the first Rookie Cup entrant to win a race overall.
  • Most Improved Driver – One set of new Hankook tyres for testing, awarded to the driver with the highest combined improvement from starting grid position in races one and three at each meeting.
  • FIA Formula 3 European Championship Test – A fully funded test for the 2018 FIA British Formula 4 Champion with a leading FIA F3 European team courtesy of series partner and tyre supplier Hankook.
  • FIA Super Licence Points – Awarded to the top seven drivers to enable their progression up the motorsport ladder; helping them fulfil their ambitions of acquiring a Super Licence to compete in Formula 1. 12 points will be awarded to the FIA British Formula 4 Champion; two more than any national Formula 3 Championship.
  • Free Entry to 2019 F4 British Championship – Awarded to the 2018 Rookie Champion.
  • Henry Ford Trophy – Those who compete in the F4 British Championship can use the series as a perfect platform from which to demonstrate extraordinary human endeavour in the field of motorsport and therefore put themselves in contention for the Henry Ford Trophy.
  • Joe Tandy Memorial Award – Awarded to the driver deemed to have shown the most promise and improvement during the season.
  • €1,000 Pole Position Prize – Awarded by Mygale to the team which runs the car that qualifies on pole at each round of the championship. The team will receive a €1,000 credit to be used for the acquisition of parts.
  • Snap-on Business Solutions Prizes – A £300 Snap-on Tools voucher will be given to the championship’s top technician at each round of the series. In addition, the top technician of the year will receive a uniquely customised Snap-on Business Solutions toolbox and tools, worth in excess of £5,000.

2017 British F4 season takes shape as details of Challenge Cup & provisional testing dates confirmed

  • £1,000 available at every meeting to Challenge Cup entrants, as well as one-off £5,000 prize up for grabs during season.
  • Challenge Cup drivers eligible to score championship points and take advantage of lower registration fee.
  • Sponsorship Acquisition Training from leading sports marketing exponent Brian Sims available to first 15 drivers who register for championship.
  • Championship brochure and 2017 British F4 registration form now available.

7 DECEMBER, 2016 – With the dust settling on a thrilling season in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, details of the new for 2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup, as well as provisional championship testing dates have been confirmed.

Following what will be remembered as one of the most competitive British F4 seasons in history, the 2017 campaign looks set to be another fiercely contested affair with the introduction of the Ford F4 Challenge Cup giving talented youngsters the chance to prove they have got what it takes in the UK’s leading single-seater series for less than £100,000.

Challenge Cup drivers will compete in seven of the 10 championship meetings, with both the Knockhill meeting and the season finale at Brands Hatch being mandatory. Drivers will then be able to nominate the other five meetings they wish to take part in.

There will be no restriction on which teams can enter, but all teams will be required to adhere to the F4 British Championship’s four car limit.

All technical regulations for Friday official test days and race weekends are identical for both the Championship and Challenge Cup classes – including tyre limits – so as to ensure a level playing field.

A lucrative array of prizes are on offer to Challenge Cup entrants thanks to a £10,000 prize fund courtesy of Ford Motor Company. At each meeting £250 will be awarded to the driver who gains the most places in race one from their grid position; a further £250 will be awarded to the Challenge Cup winner in race two and £500 will be available to the Challenge Cup winner in the final race of the weekend.

As well as a dedicated Challenge Cup podium for each round, there will also be a prize of £5,000 available to the first Challenge Cup driver who wins a race overall.

Championship organisers have left the door open to Challenge Cup drivers turning their efforts to an assault on the overall championship, as they will be eligible to score championship points throughout the season.

To enhance affordability, the registration fees for Challenge Cup drivers will be reduced to £2,000 (ex. VAT). £500 less than the Championship class.

Early registration to either the Championship or Challenge Cup class brings with it the added benefit of Sponsorship Acquisition Training which is available on a first come, first served basis to drivers.

Ford has secured 15 places on this prestigious course developed by one of international sport’s most experienced and successful sports marketing exponents Brian Sims in association with Autosport. This is a unique online training course designed to take F4 British Championship drivers through the entire process of sponsorship acquisition; helping increase their chances of securing meaningful sponsorship.

With final details of the Challenge Cup confirmed; the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford provisional testing schedule has also been announced.

A testing ban will commence from 21 December 2016 until 31 January 2017. From 1 February until the season opener at Brands Hatch (Indy), both Championship class and Challenge Cup drivers will be permitted to undertake open, unregulated testing with no limits on mileage or location.

Following the first race weekend, Challenge Cup drivers will only be permitted to test on the official test days associated with their chosen seven meetings. In addition to this, drivers will be able to choose a further seven days of testing from the championship’s ‘official organised’ test days during the season.

These additional days of testing will be made available to Challenge Cup entrants on a pro-rata basis, so if a driver were to only compete at five meetings, they would only be allowed to take part in the five associated official tests and five ‘official organised’ test days.

2017 Provisional Testing Dates

Date                                                                 Circuit, County
Fri 3 February                                                 Oulton Park, Cheshire
Thu 16 February                                             Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
Mon 6 March (MEDIA DAY)                            Donington Park, Leics
Wed 8 March     `                                           Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
Wed 15 March                                                Snetterton, Norfolk
Tue 21 March                                                 Rockingham, Northants
Tue 23/Wed 24 May                                        Croft, North Yorkshire
Tue 30/Wed 31 May                                        Snetterton, Norfolk
Wed 9 August                                                 Knockhill, Fife
Fri 18 August                                                  Rockingham, Northants
Wed 6 September                                            Silverstone, Northants
Wed 20 September                                          Brand Hatch (Indy), Kent

Drivers and teams looking to compete in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford or acquire further details about the 2017 testing schedule should contact championship coordinator Eve Lake-Grange via email.

Prospective entrants for both the Championship and Challenge Cup classes are encouraged to download the F4 British Championship brochure for further information, as well as the 2017 registration form below.

BRITISH F4 2017 BROCHURE DOWNLOAD

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DRIVER REGISTRATION FORM DOWNLOAD

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Eyes on the prize ahead of Ford MSA Formula season

  • Phenomenal array of prizes on offer to both drivers and team members throughout 2016.

31 March, 2016 – With less than 48 hours until the inaugural round of the 2016 Ford British F4 season, drivers and team members up and down the paddock have already got their eyes on the plethora of prizes in store for top performers.

For 2016 the Ford EcoBoost-powered series once again boasts an incredibly desirable array of awards. All of which are fitting for a series which has become renowned for being one of the hardest FIA Formula 4 championships to win.

Furthermore, the prizes reflect Ford’s continued commitment to support young drivers and engineers; enabling the next generation of racers to advance to the highest echelons of motorsport.

£30,000 Prize Fund – An unrivalled cash prize in UK motorsport from Ford Motor Company. Each weekend the winner of races two and three will to receive a cheque for £1,000. A further £1,000 will be up for grabs in race one, divided equally between the Scholarship Class winner and the driver who gains the most places between their starting and finishing position.

FIA British Formula 4 Champion – The 2016 title winner will be crowned ‘FIA British Formula 4 Champion’ and invited to one of the year’s most anticipated events within the motorsport community, the FIA Prize-Giving ceremony. The event will be hosted in Vienna on 2 December and will see champions from every major branch of international motorsport gather together to receive their official FIA awards. This year’s champion will also be invited to the 2016 MSA Night of Champions at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club in London’s Pall Mall.

FIA Super Licence Points – Awarded to the top seven drivers to enable their progression up the motorsport ladder; helping them fulfil their ambitions of acquiring a Super Licence to compete in Formula 1. In 2016 12 points will be awarded to the Ford British F4 Champion; two more than any National Formula 3 Championship.

FIA Formula 3 Test – A fully funded test with a leading FIA Euro F3 team courtesy of series partner and tyre supplier Hankook.

Henry Ford Trophy – Those who compete in Ford British F4 can use the series as a perfect platform from which to demonstrate extraordinary human endeavour in the field of motorsport and therefore put themselves in contention for the Henry Ford Trophy.

€1,000 Pole Position Prize – Awarded by Mygale to the team which runs the car that qualifies on pole at each round of the championship. The team will receive a €1,000 credit to be used for the acquisition of parts.

Snap-on Business Solutions Prizes – A £300 Snap-on Tools voucher will be given to the championship’s top technician at each round of the series. In addition, the top technician of the year will receive a uniquely customised Snap-on Business Solutions toolbox and tools, worth in excess of £3,000.