2015 FIA British Formula 4 Champion Lando Norris wins McLaren Autosport BRDC Award

  • 2015 Ford EcoBoost-powered star scoops McLaren Autosport BRDC Award and British Club Driver of the Year gong at Autosport Awards.
  • Norris lands prize F1 test with McLaren and a simulator role with the British team.

5 DECEMBER, 2016 – 2015 FIA British Formula 4 Champion Lando Norris capped a phenomenal 2016, which saw him claim both the Eurocup and Northern European Cup titles, as well as the TRS title, by winning the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

The Award earns him a test in a McLaren F1 car and a simulator role with the British team, as well as full BRDC membership and an Arai GP-6 RC carbon crash helmet.

Norris emerged triumphant having been up against fellow British F4 graduates Ricky Collard (2016 British F3 vice champion), Toby Sowery (2016 British F3 multiple race winner) and Sennan Fielding (2016 FIA British Formula 4 vice champion) in a comprehensive test which put them through their paces.

The young stars battled it out over two intensive days of assessments at Silverstone in November which featured on-track tests on the Grand Prix circuit in Formula 2, Mercedes DTM and McLaren GT cars, plus simulator sessions and fitness tests conducted by McLaren.

Said Norris upon receiving the Award on the same night that he was crowned British Club Driver of the Year: “It’s been great, the racing success this year, but this has really topped it off.

“I need to give a lot of respect to the other drivers – Ricky, Sennan and Toby.

“I’ve raced against them for the past few years, we’ve given each other a lot of respect and they’ve made my life hard.”

The judging panel was led by former F1 driver, 1992 World Sportscar champion and BRDC president Derek Warwick, and also comprised two-time British Touring Car champion Jason Plato, McLaren’s Andrew Kirkaldy and Mark Williams, guest judge David Brabham, leading circuit commentator Ian Titchmarsh, Autosport Editor Kevin Turner and Autosport Features Editor Scott Mitchell.

Commented Warwick who was joined by Brabham, Turner and McLaren racing director Éric Boullier to present Norris with the Award: “He was one of the quickest in the DTM car, one of the quickest in the McLaren GT3 car and was stunning in the Formula 2 single-seater. He’s got a great career ahead of him. In Lando we’ve got a future Formula 1 driver and a future F1 World Champion.”

Added British F4 championship manager David Lowe: “Many congratulations to Lando. What he achieved in our championship at the age of 15 was very special and this year he has used the experience gained in F4 to go on to even greater heights.

“By winning the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, Lando will follow in the footsteps of another of our graduates and winner of this Award 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button. I have no doubt that Lando will continue to be a fantastic ambassador for British F4 as he progresses up the FIA single-seater pyramid.

“It’s been a superb year for our British F4’s graduates. All four finalists for this prestigious Award have competed successfully in Ford EcoBoost-powered machinery.

“This is testament to the championship’s ability to prepare and develop the sport’s brightest young talents for a career in motor racing. We are giving drivers the foundation for success. The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is unquestionably the place to be.”

Images by LAT Photographic.

Life in the fast lane: MSA Formula season review

5 NOVEMBER, 2015 – The inaugural season of the Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula Championship had everything – amazing talent, great racing, a large and appreciative trackside audience, a title fight which went down to the wire and a champion truly deserving of the crown and with a promising single-seater career ahead of him…

Over the course of the season’s 30 races nine different divers stood atop the victory podium – five of them aged under 16 – and there were race wins or top-three finishes for nine different teams running the championship’s FIA-accredited Formula 4 chassis built by French manufacturer Mygale. Drivers from Brazil, the USA and India joined their British counterparts on champagne-spraying duty.

The season kicked off in impressive style at Brands Hatch in early April – a more than appropriate venue for the launch of the modern-era successor to Formula Ford, whose genesis was at Brands in 1967. And those first races set the scene for the season to come, with eventual champion Lando Norris, 15, making history as the first ever MSA Formula race winner and going on to take a second Brands Hatch win for the Carlin team in front of ITV4’s feature race live-broadcast cameras.

Although Lando announced himself as a contender right from the outset, his progress to the crown was not all plain-sailing. After his Brands Hatch double he followed up with a reverse-grid race win at Thruxton, but did not really hit his stride until June’s Oulton Park rounds, where he topped qualifying for the first time and snatched a win and a second place. Thereafter, Norris was pretty much unstoppable in qualifying – he went on to top the timesheets at Croft, Knockhill, Rockingham and Brands GP. The other drivers to qualify quickest during the season were Dan Baybutt, Dan Ticktum, Sandy Mitchell, Colton Herta and Matheus Leist, and each of them managed it only the once. Norris was quickest five times, and he never qualified lower than second.

Qualifying well made the racing all the easier for Norris, of course: he collected a total of eight victories, the last of them – at Brands in October – leaving him needing only a handful of points to secure the dual titles FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain and MSA Formula Champion. Those points were duly gathered up in the second Brands Hatch GP outing, with a race in hand.

It was only at that point that Lando’s chief rival for the title, TRS Arden driver Ricky Collard, was prepared to concede defeat. Ricky, with a season of single-seater experience under his belt thanks to a promising rookie year in Formula Ford in 2014, was a great competitor and led the points table for a good chunk of the season thanks to his never-say-die attitude. He took deserved wins at Brands, Oulton, Croft, Knockhill, Rockingham and Silverstone but was never really able to hook it all up in qualifying, and that was a handicap. Crashes in qualifying at Rockingham and pre-race testing at Brands came at exactly the wrong moment for his title hopes. Nonetheless Ricky is a deserving championship runner-up and finished well clear of his closest rival.

Norris’s Carlin team-mate Herta came to the championship as its youngest competitor – he was only five days past his 15th birthday at the outset – and the Californian, son of IndyCar racer winner Bryan Herta, took a little time to adapt to the car, the circuits and the country. A second-place finish at Croft in June hinted at good things to come and Colton returned from the summer break a new driver; twin wins followed at Snetterton and then single victories at Rockingham and in the final round at Brands Hatch to secure championship third. Oddly, Colton scored both the narrowest and widest wins of the year, both of them in front of Norris: 0.248s at Rockingham and 7.560s at Brands.

Another of the revelations of the season’s second half was 15-year-old Enaam Ahmed, who came into single-seater racing with a great karting pedigree as part of the talented TRS Arden trio. By his own admission he struggled early on, but he worked hard at it and came back at Knockhill in August to claim his first Rookie class victories. The Rookie class championship was pretty much in the pocket of 16-year-old Dan Ticktum until an entirely avoidable crash at Silverstone earned the Fortec driver a track ban; Ahmed stepped up to the plate to take the class three times at the Brands Hatch finale – as well as his maiden outright race victory – and claim the Rookie championship honours.

There were several other MSA Formula heroes, not least those who won races: Double R’s talented Brazilian driver Leist, young Scots star and TRS Arden team member Mitchell, JHR Developments’ experienced hand Sennan Fielding and Racing Steps Foundation driver Josh Smith. Then there those who made the lower steps of the podium, such as James Pull, twice a third-place finisher for JTR; Double R’s other Brazilian, Gustavo Myasava; JTR’s Baybutt; SWB Motorsport man Rafael Martins; Indian racer Tarun Reddy for Double R; Richardson Racing’s Louise Richardson and MBM Motorsport man Toby Sowery.

There are honourable mentions also for championship regulars Petru Florescu (Carlin), Jack Barlow (MBM), Jack Butel (SWB/JHR), Jessica Hawkins and Darius Karbaley (Falcon); Ollie Pidgley and Greg Holloway (Richardson Racing) and Ameya Vaidyanathan (JTR).

In all, it was an inaugural season to remember for MSA Formula, Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost, and one which bodes well for future years and for the career development of Formula 1’s stars of seasons to come.

Championship positions and prize winners
Overall champion Lando Norris
Runner-up Ricky Collard
Third overall Colton Herta
Rookie champion Enaam Ahmed
Teams Cup Carlin
Nations Cup USA

Norris dispels the doubts to lead the way in Ford-powered Brands test

  • Lando lands testing top spot ahead of his Carlin team-mate Colton Herta
  • High-speed crash for Ricky Collard hinders Arden man’s challenge

BRANDS HATCH 9 OCTOBER, 2015 – MSA Formula Championship leader Lando Norris erased any worries over his race fitness today with a test session-topping performance at Brands Hatch ahead of the weekend’s deciding rounds. The 15-year-old Ford EcoBoost-powered racer ended the day 0.146s ahead of his Carlin team-mate Colton Herta and professed himself more than ready for his date with championship destiny.

Norris suffered a high-speed crash at Hockenheim last weekend in the German F4 series and, after feeling his way back into things in this morning’s session, he shot to the top of the timesheets this afternoon. Said Lando: “I spent the first session getting back into it after the crash, and getting used to my car again, and I was pleased to end the session P2. This afternoon I really pushed as hard as I could. The car felt really good and I’m in good shape for the weekend.”

Today it was the turn of his chief title rival Ricky Collard to suffer a blow, the TRS Arden driver crashing out after just 10 laps of the first session and extensively damaging his car. “You couldn’t script a more dramatic end to the championship,” said Collard. “Lando crashes last weekend and me today… I don’t really know what happened; it just got away from me…”

Ricky went off at the super-fast Hawthorns bend, a smashed gearbox and severe suspension damage the result. The team worked wonders to get Ricky back on track for session two. “They did an amazing job and I’m so grateful to them,” said Ricky. “The car didn’t feel perfect by any means but we know what needs to be done to fix it so I will not be going into qualifying with an untried car.” Despite the car’s problems, Ricky set 12th-best time in the second session, just 1.7 seconds off Norris’s pace.

Thirteen championship points separate Lando and Ricky going into the Brands Hatch triple-header and, with five points on offer to the quickest driver in qualifying, tomorrow morning’s pre-race practice session will assume greater importance than ever.

Herta, P2 today and still with a mathematical chance of the title should Norris and Collard falter, has his eyes on the prize: “I’m just a bit off Lando’s pace, but I’m sure we can make that up and be on the front row after qualifying,” said the Californian.

There was a strong showing in testing today from Collard’s TRS Arden team-mates Enaam Ahmed and Sandy Mitchell, both of whom are bidding for Rookie class honours. Ahmed wound up third fastest and Mitchell fifth. They sandwiched Double R driver Matheus Leist, the Brazilian teen the only man quicker than Norris in session one.

The final championship title contender, JHR Developments driver Sennan Fielding, completed the testing top six, ahead of Fortec’s top runner James Pull, Daniel Baybutt for JTR and SWB Motorsport star Rafa Martins. Toby Sowery completed the top 10 for MBM Motorsport.

The MSA Formula stars are back on track at 9am Saturday for qualifying, and face two races on Saturday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s live-televised final round.

Leading testing times Brands Hatch GP 9 October 2015 (am/pm)
1 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 1:27.235 / 1:26.230
2 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin 1:27.823 / 1:26.376
3 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden 1:28.058 / 1:26.709
4 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R 1:27.199 / 1:26.744
5 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden 1:29.040 / 1:26.879
6 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:27.780 / 1:27.095
7 James PULL / GBR / Fortec 1:29.425 / 1:27.114
8 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR 1:29.036 / 1:27.173
9 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / SWB 1:29.113 / 1:27.244
10 Toby SOWERY / GBR / MBM 1:28.682 / 1:27.341 etc

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Down to the wire for Ford-powered heroes

  • Four drivers, headed by Lando Norris and Ricky Collard, up for the cup at Brands Hatch
  • Final three MSA Formula races promise plenty of action and excitement

5 OCTOBER, 2015 – They have been exchanging the lead of the Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula Championship all season long, and next weekend at Brands Hatch Lando Norris and Ricky Collard will go head to head to determine which of them will claim the title FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain.

In fact there are four drivers with a mathematical chance of title glory, but it is 15-year-old Norris and Collard, 19, who have the best shot at securing the most coveted championship in British single-seater racing.

In the blue corner for Carlin is Somerset-based Norris, the winner of seven races so far this year, his maiden season in single-seaters. In the red corner for TRS Arden is Hampshire’s Collard, son of BTCC ace Rob, who came to MSA Formula after gaining a year’s experience in Formula Ford. Collard has six race victories under his belt and trails Norris by 13 points.

The other drivers with an eye on the title are Norris’s Carlin team-mate Colton Herta and JHR Developments driver Sennan Fielding. With 25 points on offer to the winner of each of the three Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit races, plus five points for fastest lap in qualifying and a point for fastest lap in each race, both Herta and Fielding have a shot but would need some serious misfortune to befall both Norris and Collard…

Last time at Brands Hatch – on the Indy circuit in April – Norris and Collard set the tone for their seasons, Lando qualifying on the front row and racing to victory in the first and third races of the weekend, while Collard qualified mid-grid and took top-six finishes in the regular races, accompanied by a win in the reverse-grid race.

Lando is the only driver this season to have set the quickest lap in qualifying on more than one occasion. In fact, he has done it four times (at Oulton Park, Croft, Knockhill and Rockingham) and has never qualified outside the top two. By contrast Collard has made the top four in qualifying only four times, and has never achieved top spot.

Collard last week received a boost with the news that he has been selected, alongside fellow MSA Formula driver Toby Sowery, as one of the six finalists for the £100,000 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, but he knows that if he is to wrest the MSA Formula crown from Norris’s fingers then he must qualify well at Brands Hatch. “If I can do the business in qualifying then the rest should be easy,” says Ricky. “My qualifying hasn’t been good this year but my ability to overtake is what has saved me, and that is something which Autosport has picked up on in my nomination.

“I am training so hard at the moment. I’ll be doing as much as I can this week on the simulator, and I shall try everything I can to get a good qualifying, and likewise the team is doing the same. If we can get inside the top two rows of the grid I think we will be in with a good shout. Our race pace has always been better than our qualifying pace, and I think the Carlin car has been very much the opposite. We are two completely different drivers as well. Lando’s really quick and I have a lot of respect for him, but I think he struggles in the pack. Whereas I am the opposite – I thrive in that sort of situation.”

For their part, Norris and the Carlin team will be approaching the finale in the same methodical and calm fashion that has brought them such success all year. “It should be really good,” said Lando. “The Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit is one of my favourite tracks; I won there last year and my pace is always good there. I just need to concentrate on my own race, try to get pole and go for the wins.”

Lando was lucky to emerge unhurt from an accident on Saturday at the Hockenheimring in Germany, where he was competing in the final meeting of the ADAC German F4 Championship. Norris clipped the rear of the car driven by his Muecke Motorsport team-mate David Beckmann, was launched into the air and rolled twice before coming to rest upside down in a gravel trap. He was taken to hospital for precautionary checks and later given the all clear.

If Norris cannot achieve a win, then a couple of good finishes ahead of Collard could be enough for him to stay in front in the points table. Here Lando’s team-mate Herta could help, and Colton will be keen to end his impressive maiden season of European racing on a high. Colton was 15 years and five days old when he took part in the first round in April; he’s not much older now (and is still the youngest in the field) but the Californian has matured impressively in the second half of the season to net eight podium finishes from the last 12 races.

Meanwhile, JHR Developments driver Fielding has the experience to score when it matters, and would be higher up in the points table but for mechanical bad luck. And there are plenty more potential race winners in the Brands Hatch field, such as Double R’s Brazilian ace Matheus Leist, who returned to winning ways last time out at Silverstone.

Collard’s TRS Arden team-mates Sandy Mitchell and Enaam Ahmed will be worth keeping an eye on also as they dispute which of them will end the season ahead in the Rookie championship. Quick young Scot Mitchell has won the class four times this season and Ahmed thrice, while JTR’s Dan Baybutt picked up his maiden Rookie wins at Silverstone.

The Brands Hatch action begins on Friday with two pre-event test sessions ahead of a busy Saturday schedule of qualifying and two races. Sunday afternoon’s 30th and final round of the championship will be screened live, between the closing rounds of the British Touring Car Championship, on ITV4.

Brands Hatch timetable
Friday 9 October 0950 & 1350 Testing
Saturday 10 October 0900 Qualifying, 1400 Round 28, 1655 Round 29
Sunday 11 October 1500 Round 30

On TV ITV4, live Sunday 1500

Norris and Collard head to head again in Croft testing

  • Lando quickest in the dry, Ricky in the wet as championship leaders prepare for a weekend of action in North Yorkshire

CROFT 26 JUNE, 2015 – Championship top two Ricky Collard and Lando Norris showed their class again today at Croft in testing ahead of the weekend’s rounds of the Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula Championship races, Collard quickest in the morning’s wet session and Norris on top in the dry in the afternoon.

At the end of the day it was Carlin’s 15-year-old Norris on top overall, his best lap for the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire track three-tenths of a second better than Collard’s optimum time. Fresh from victory last weekend at Spa on his debut in the German F4 Championship, Norris was pleased to have reacclimatised himself so well to his British car and also to Croft, the scene of his maiden car-race victory last season.

“It was hot and hard work,” said Lando. “It’s quite a bumpy track and it’s hard to get everything right and put a whole lap together. It’s easy to make a mistake and lose a lot of time, so I’m pleased overall.”

Collard was upbeat about his chances for the weekend of retaining his championship lead over Norris, which stands currently at seven points: “I feel that we didn’t get the best from the car. We have some gearing issues and if we can sort them out, maybe we can edge Norris in qualifying. This had always been a bit of bogey track for me so I was pleased to be quickest in the wet.”

Collard’s best lap in the wet morning session was 0.016s better than that of his closest rival, Fortec’s Dan Ticktum. Ticktum set third-best time behind Norris and Collard in the dry, with Colton Herta P4 for Carlin and Tarun Reddy (Double R) close behind for fifth. JTR’s Dan Baybutt completed the testing top six. Seventh, and the final driver within a second of Norris, was Double R’s Matheus Leist.

There was a strong showing from Richardson Racing’s Louise Richardson, who ran as high as third in the middle stages of session two before slipping back to ninth. Said Louise: “We’ve given the car a bit of an overhaul since Oulton, have gone radical with the set-up and it seems to be working. There are still a few tweaks to be made but it’s there or thereabouts now and the rest has to come from me…”

Jack Butel was pleased with his showing at the wheel of a brand-new chassis for his new team JHR Developments: “It’s going well and we are getting to grips with the car, which has never raced before.” Jack was 17th overall, with 1.4s to find to get on terms with his team-mate Sennan Fielding, who was eighth overall.

The afternoon session was incident-free but there were a couple of interruptions to proceedings this morning with the session interrupted 10 minutes from its scheduled end while the JTR machine of Ameya Vaidyanathan was retrieved following a minor off at Tower. It was then red-flagged for good with a minute to go when Darius Karbaley clobbered the tyres at the Complex.

Saturday will be a busy day for competitors with official qualifying scheduled for 1025. The first of the Croft weekend’s three races is set to follow at 1340 and the reverse-grid race is due off at 1725. Sunday afternoon’s finale will be screened live on ITV4.

Leading testing times Croft 26 June 2015 (am/pm)
1 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 1:30.296 / 1:21.402
2 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden 1:30.223 / 1:21.725
3 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec 1:30.239 / 1:22.033
4 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin 1:30.859 / 1:22.196
5 Tarun REDDY / IND / Double R 1:30.848 / 1:22.342
6 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR 1:31.932 / 1:22.370
7 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R 1:31.010 / 1:22.370
8 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:31.641 / 1:22.401
9 Louise RICHARDSON / GBR / Richardson 1:31.821 / 1:22.488
10 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden 1:31.346 / 1:22.518 etc

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Ford-powered racers ready for mid-season Croft outings

  • Ricky Collard leads Lando Norris to Yorkshire with a slender seven-point advantage
  • Jack Barlow hoping that his first visit to Croft will provide his long-awaited maiden podium finish
  • New team for Jack Butel

21 JUNE, 2015 – The Ford EcoBoost-powered MSA Formula Championship heads north next weekend (27/28 June) to the Croft circuit, near Darlington, for a trio of races which will bring the series to its mid-point. Whoever leaves North Yorkshire with the championship lead will enjoy a significant psychological advantage as the young single-seater heroes and their teams head into a much deserved six-week summer break.

Currently it is experience leading the way: 18-year-old Formula Ford graduate Ricky Collard heads the points table for the TRS Arden team thanks to two race victories and a further four second-place finishes from the opening 12 rounds. But Ricky is only seven points clear of the season’s outstanding 15-year-old talent, Carlin’s Lando Norris, who has racked up four wins already.

Croft’s a circuit with happy memories for Lando – it was there last season that he scored his first race win in a car, when he triumphed in the Ginetta Junior series. Collard fared less well at Croft in Formula Ford: he was swept up in another’s accident in the first race of the weekend and ended his weekend with a best race finish of eighth.

One driver who knows only too well what it’s like to be knocked out of a race is Jack Barlow, who was set fair for his and the MBM team’s maiden podium finish last time out, at Oulton Park, before fate intervened in the shape of an avoidable collision which left him watching, blameless, from the sidelines – far from the 20th birthday present the Hastings-based driver was hoping for.

“We were leading up to our first podium,” said Jack. “We’d had a couple of fourths and a couple of fifths, but hadn’t quite made it to third. We were in perfect shape with Herta and Martins coming together on the first lap. We had new left tyres also, and the only other two with new lefts were the drivers in front of me [Norris and Collard], and if I’d gone with them I would have been on for a good result. It’s frustrating, but what can you do?”

Barlow is hopeful that his luck will change at Croft, although it is not a circuit on which he has raced before: “I’ve never been to Croft, so I’m keeping an open mind about it. I can pick up circuits quite quickly, so will be going straight into it on the Friday and using that as a learning day.

“There are some areas where we are missing out on the set-up side of things because we are still learning about the car. We haven’t really had much time to test. But we are getting closer and closer and hopefully will be on the podium before long.”

He’s looking forward to the summer break, and the opportunity to source much-needed further funding to help him complete his season. “We are OK financially for Croft but then we have six weeks where we need to find more budget. That’s the nice thing about having the summer break – it gives us a chance to settle down and talk to a few people.”

After a dismal time at Thruxton in May, Donington double winner Dan Ticktum had hoped to get his season back on track at Oulton earlier this month; a third and a fourth didn’t exactly achieve what he had hoped but the Fortec driver maintains championship third, 26 points off Collard’s tally.

There have been three other race winners so far this unpredictable season – Double R’s Matheus Leist, who won the Donington reverse-grid race; JHR Developments driver Sennan Fielding, who rocketed to victory from third on the grid in the second Oulton race; and TRS Arden man Sandy Mitchell, who did the double at Thruxton.

Fielding will be hoping to carry a little local support into the Croft races, having spent his Saturday in Newcastle city centre showing interested passers-by the intricacies of his Ford EcoBoost-powered machine as part of a BTCC promotional event for the circuit.

Fielding and any of the above mentioned could be on for further victories at Croft, and to that list you can add many further names, including those of the other podium visitors so far in 2015: JTR duo James Pull and Dan Baybutt, Carlin’s Colton Herta and SWB Motorsport man Rafael Martins.

In the Rookie class it’s very much Ticktum who leads the way thanks to eight class wins from 12 starts, with Baybutt, Mitchell, Martins and Carlin’s Romanian racer Petru Florescu battling it out for second spot.

After her impressive MSA Formula debut at Oulton Park, 20-year-old Jessica Hawkins is returning with the Falcon Motorsport team, alongside Darius Karbaley. Richardson Racing will field its regular two cars for Louise Richardson and Ollie Pidgley, with Indian talent Tarun Reddy lining up alongside Leist at Double R.

The championship’s second Indian racer, Ameya Vaidyanathan, will be in action for JTR, with Josh Smith piloting the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Fortec car and Enaam Ahmed, fresh from racing in the SMP F4 Championship in Russia, on the TRS Arden team strength.

Jerseyman Jack Butel will be switching to a new – as yet unconfirmed – team for Croft, having parted company with SWB Motorsport. Says Jack: “This decision has not been easy but I believe it is the best thing for both parties. I have had a great 18 months with the team and they have taught me a lot and have had some great times with everyone in the team. I wish all of SWB the best in the future as I continue my racing career.”

The Croft weekend gets underway on Friday with two test sessions ahead of an action-filled Saturday comprising official qualifying and two races. Sunday afternoon’s finale is to be screened live on ITV4 between rounds of the British Touring Car Championship.

Croft timetable
Friday 26 June
0930 & 1340 Testing
Saturday 27 June
1025 Qualifying, 1340 Round 13, 1725 round 14
Sunday 28 June
1549 Round 15