DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx stuns on Formula 4 debut with superb Brands Hatch victory

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9 APRIL, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx enjoyed a dream start to his maiden F4 British Championship campaign with a sensational victory in only his second race in the series during the opening rounds of the season at Brands Hatch this past weekend (7/8 April).

The win would be the standout result of a hugely impressive debut outing in single-seater competition for the 1st Central supported driver, who took two more top four finishes to end the meeting second in the championship standings.

After showing superb pace throughout pre-season testing in his Arden Motorsport machine, Priaulx would carry that speed into the official two free practice sessions on Friday, with a best effort of 46.274 seconds around the 1.2 mile circuit seeing him finish fourth fastest for the day.

The Ravenscroft backed racer would encounter a different challenge come qualifying the follow morning though, with a sprinkling of rain just before the session got underway meaning that the field would be greeted by a damp circuit.

Priaulx would acclimatise to the tricky conditions in typically strong fashion though, with his two fastest times during the twenty minute session placing him fifth on the grid for race one of the weekend, and sixth for race three.

The seventeen year old would start his debut race in the championship in style as a fantastic launch off the line saw him immediately move into fourth place, before he quickly closed on the top three as he lapped as the fastest driver on the circuit.

Once he latched onto the rear of the drivers ahead, Priaulx would unfortunately not see a clear opportunity to make further progress present itself, with a mature drive from there ensuring he took the chequered flag in fourth..

That result meant the Guernseyman would start the second race of the day from the same position on the reverse grid, with another brilliant getaway seeing him sweep into third position heading around Paddock Hill Bend for the first time – a move that would prove to be crucial.

The two drivers ahead of him would quickly be issued with ten second time penalties for jumping the start, meaning that Priaulx would assume the position of race leader as he ran third on the road, in close proximity to the cars ahead.

Maintaining a consistent gap to his closest rivals behind, Priaulx would hold his position to the chequered flag for what he believed was a third place finish, before he entered parc ferme to the welcome surprise that he had in fact secured a superb first victory.

With the win naturally filling him with confidence, Priaulx headed into the final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon hoping to produce another standout performance in front of the live ITV4 television cameras.

In tricky wet conditions, the reigning Ginetta Junior vice-champion would produce another great launch off the line to storm into fifth position heading into Paddock Hill Bend, a place he would go on to hold for the first half of the race.

Following a short safety car period, Priaulx would capitalise on a mistake from a driver ahead at the restart to slip into fourth place. While he went on to put pressure on the podium contenders in the closing laps, he would have to settle for fourth at the flag.

That result capped off a fantastic maiden F4 British Championship meeting for Priaulx, who sits nineteen points off the top of the standings heading into the next three rounds of the championship at Donington Park in three weeks’ time (28/29 April).

Sebastian Priaulx: “I really couldn’t have asked for much more from my first weekend in single-seater racing. The F4 British Championship is a really hard series to win in, so I’m immensely proud to have done so in only my second race!

“I honestly had no idea that I’d won until I pulled into parc ferme and they directed me to the P1 board. To find out I’d taken my first victory was amazing – it’s something I really didn’t think would happen so soon in the season and hopefully it’s just the start.

“That was the highlight of what was a really positive weekend all round. While the changeable conditions in qualifying put us lower on the grid that hoped, I was able to fight through to fourth in both those races which I’m really pleased about.

“This weekend was a huge learning curve and to come away from it with the results we did, having kept our nose clean and made no mistakes, is really positive and I’m looking forward to taking this momentum into Donington Park.”

Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx powers to maiden British F4 win

  • Priaulx takes maiden single-seater win in only his second British F4 race.
  • Simmons takes second place to remain at top of standings.
  • Doohan completes podium and scores first Rookie class win of campaign.
  • Front-runners Hoggard and Pasma miss out on top spots due to time penalties.

7 APRIL, 2018 – Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx took victory in the second race of the 2018 F4 British Championship at Brands Hatch and followed in the footsteps of Ford GT driver and father Andy Priaulx by winning with Ford EcoBoost power.

Although Priaulx finished third on track, he was promoted to first due to 10 second time penalties for front-row starters Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) for false starts. Nevertheless, Priaulx put in a flawless drive on the way to his maiden single-seater win in only his second British F4 race.

Having finished less than a second behind race one winner Ayrton Simmons just hours earlier, it was Priaulx’s chance to turn the tables. The 1st CENTRAL Insurance backed rising star seized the opportunity as he kept a hard-charging Simmons at bay. The JHR Developments ace having wasted no time in making his way up the order from seventh on the grid. The pick of his moves a daring lunge down the inside of Tonteri on lap two.

“I didn’t even realise I was leading the race,” said Priaulx. “I kept thinking I was in P3 so it was a big surprise to find out I had actually won the race when I came into parc ferme. I’m pretty shocked and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

“I feel like I’m bedding in nicely with the car and the team. It feels great to get this first win in British F4. It’s a really hard championship to win in so I’m over the moon.

“It’s so cool wearing a Ford Performance race suit with the blue Ford oval on it. It’s just like my Dad wears for the GT team and it’s such a good feeling to have won with a Ford EcoBoost engine like he has done in the FIA World Endurance Championship.”

Commented early championship leader Simmons: “It’s been one of the best days I’ve had in motorsport. To achieve a double pole, a race win and a second place at the very beginning of the season is fantastic.

“I knew the guys ahead of me on the grid would be running new tyres to try to capitalise on their starting position and that it would take a little longer for them to get their tyres up to optimum temperature so I really pushed to make up places in the opening laps.

“I’m also surprised and pleased with the fact that our pace was similar to everyone else in the closing stages despite our tyres being older.

“I’ve experience a lot of ups and downs over the last couple of years, but it feels like everything is finally coming together now and that’s incredibly exciting for the year ahead.”

Arden’s Jack Doohan claimed a hard-fought podium, pulling off some superb overtakes and getting the better of Kiern Jewiss and team-mate Dennis Hauger in one fell-swoop with a perfectly-judged move around the outside of them at Druids on lap 12.

“We’ve got off to a really good start today. To be honest I thought the podium would have been more likely in race one when I started seventh as opposed to race two when I started ninth, but it was a good race.

“I thought they had made a mistake when I pulled up in parc ferme and they told me I finished third. I thought I was fifth!

“After the experience of race one, I felt more confident with having other cars around me. I had a much better understanding of how much space to give going into this race and that meant I could really push.

“I overtook Jewiss and Hauger in the same move around the outside. I saw them battling in front of me and felt Jewiss had more pace so I thought if I could get past both of them quickly it would mean I could try to break away while they fought each other.”

It was a case of what might have been for front-row starters Hoggard and Pasma. Despite finishing first and second on the track, as well as their front-running pace, they had to settle for fifth and sixth respectively. Their task of pulling away from the chasing pack made only harder due to a Safety Car on lap five to recover Sebastian Alvarez’s (Double R Racing) stricken car on the exit of Paddock Hill Bend.

Hoggard got the better of polesitter Pasma off the line and along with his 10 points for fifth ended the race with fastest lap as added consolation.

The time penalties for Hoggard and Pasma saw Jewiss and Hauger split on the final classification, the former finishing fourth and the latter seventh.

Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) was back in the points following his maiden point score in race one and was locked in an entertaining midfield scrap with Tonteri. Tonteri struck in the closing stages, passing Allen as they crossed the start/finish line and into Paddock Hill Bend, only for the Finn to come unstuck minutes later in the gravel at Druids.

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) was another on course for a points haul, but for a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits which promoted Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Josh Skelton to 10th and 11th. The pair finishing behind Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) who was able to deliver on the point scoring promise he showed in race one.

Despite missing out on points, JHR Developments driver Skelton bagged third in the Rookie class and with it his first trip to the podium of the season.

Simmons will start from pole for the ITV4 live-televised feature race at 15.05 tomorrow, as he attempts to extend his championship lead. Hauger will line up alongside him and bid for his maiden victory in the series, as well as the Ford Super Rookie Award which would see him take home £5,000.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 2 Brands Hatch Indy, 7 April, 2018
24 laps / 28.98 miles
1 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 20m 16.015s / 85.82 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +0.852s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +4.127s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +4.986s
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +8.589s
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.648s
7 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +12.871s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +13.260s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +13.380s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +15.726s etc.

Fastest lap: Hoggard 46.395s / 93.73 mph

Rookie class: 1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Skelton

Round 3 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Simmons – Hauger – Jewiss – Tonteri – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Pasma – Sulaiman – Doohan etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 43 points; 2 Priaulx 37; 3 Jewiss 30; 4 Hauger 21; 5 Hoggard 18; 6 Doohan 17; 7 Pasma 14; 8 Tonteri 10; 9 Allen 5; 10 Sulaiman 4 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 43 points; 2 Doohan 40; 3 Skelton 25; 4 Tonteri 18; 5 Alvarez 12

Full results

DRIVER NEWS: Priaulx gearing up for 2018 with 1st CENTRAL Insurance

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4 APRIL, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx’s preparations for the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost are in top gear as he gets ready to begin his first season in single-seater competition this weekend (07/08 April) with the continued support of 1st CENTRAL Insurance.

Priaulx’s partnership with 1st CENTRAL Insurance, one of the fastest growing car insurance providers in the United Kingdom, started last season as the seventeen year old secured seven victories and finished runner-up in the Ginetta Junior Championship.

1st CENTRAL Insurance have grown a reputation for nurturing young talent since their launch in 2008, and the long-term sponsorship agreement with Priaulx will continue this season as they target success together in the ultra-competitive F4 British Championship.

Sebastian Priaulx: “I’m delighted to be working alongside 1st CENTRAL Insurance once again this year and I truly can’t thank them enough for their support as I aim to progress in my motorsport career.

“Without their backing and that of Ravenscroft GB, I wouldn’t be on the grid this year and we’re determined to enjoy a successful season together in the F4 British Championship.”

Andy James – Chief Commercial Officer of 1st CENTRAL: “Seb is quickly pulling ahead in his career and we are thrilled to continue our support as he takes on his biggest challenge yet in the 2018 F4 British Championship.

“At 1st CENTRAL we firmly believe in the importance of nurturing young talent, both within our business and beyond. Seb performed brilliantly in 2017 and this achievement shows he is driven to succeed. We hope 2018 is every bit a success for Seb and have no doubt that he will go on to achieve great things.”

Following the Christmas break, Priaulx has got plenty of testing miles under his belt during a number of official pre-season championship tests, in which he has been able to assess his pace alongside the remainder of the 2018 grid.

Producing encouraging speed in mixed conditions over the last two months, Priaulx kicked it off by finishing second fastest overall around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit and then continued to mix it towards the top of the timesheets at Donington Park, Rockingham and Snetterton.

Priaulx’s focus has now turned to the opening three rounds of the season around the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent this weekend, where he will take to the grid in his 1st CENTRAL and Ravenscroft GB machine prepared by Arden Motorpsort in front of a huge trackside crowd and the live ITV4 cameras.

Sebastian Priaulx: “I’ve been really pleased with our progress over the course of our winter testing programme, especially during the official tests since Christmas. We’ve been towards the top of the timesheets in each test, which has been really encouraging.

“I’ve had a lot to learn when it comes to driving a ‘slicks and wings’ car, but I feel I am adapting very quickly with the support of Arden Motorsport, APSM and iZone. We’re feeling confident that we can be fighting for victories from the season opener onwards.”

Provisional Timetable – Brands Hatch Indy

Saturday 7th April:
Qualifying: 09:00 to 09:20
Race One: 14:15 – 20 mins
Race Two: 17:40 – 20 mins

Sunday 8th April:
Race Three (Live on ITV4): 15:05 – 20 mins

Jewiss and Double R set the pace in opening test

  • Jewiss records quickest time of first pre-season test.
  • Hauger and Arden top afternoon session.

13 FEBRUARY, 2018 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost took to the track for the first time in 2018, with official pre-season testing kicking off at Brands Hatch. During a day plagued by inclement weather which meant the entire field conducted all its running on Hankook wet tyres, it was Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing who set the pace.

A time of 52.976s from Jewiss put him 1.871s clear of Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx in the morning and would not be beaten. The two Ginetta Junior graduates showcased plenty of pace and made use of their experience, having run alongside British F4 on the support package for the ever-popular British Touring Car Championship.

Priaulx could be consistently found at the sharp end of the times along with Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard. The latter recording more laps than any other driver and lapping quicker than Priaulx by just 0.016s in the afternoon.

Next on the combined timesheets were the familiar faces of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports). Both drivers competed in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series last season, with Ericsson’s previous visit to Brands Hatch holding plenty of fond memories as he clinched the Ford F4 Challenge Cup in the final race of 2017.

Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger (Arden) wound up sixth overall, courtesy of his performance following the lunch break. The 14-year-old Norwegian was the only driver to break the 56-second barrier with a time of 55.868s to top the afternoon session.

Paavo Tonteri proved to be Double R’s second-fastest runner, finishing seventh on the combined timesheet and bouncing back from a trip to the barriers in the morning.

Hauger was one of only three drivers to improve upon their morning’s best effort, with fellow Arden runners Patrik Pasma and Jack Doohan finishing fourth and fifth quickest respectively in the afternoon. They ended the day inside the top 10 and sandwiched Double R’s Sebastian Alvarez, with Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) in 11th.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Brands Hatch Indy, 13 February, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 52.976 / 57.669
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 54.847 / 56.124
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 55.234 / 56.108
4 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 55.294 / 58.085
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 55.417 / 59.133
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 56.654 / 55.868
7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 55.902 / 1:01.201
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 58.228 / 56.557
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 56.976 / 57.977
10 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 59.464 / 57.096 etc.

Full times

DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx teams up with Ravenscroft for 2018 British F4 campaign

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24 JANUARY, 2018 – 1st Central racing driver Sebastian Priaulx is delighted to announce a new sponsor. Stockbroker and investment manager Ravenscroft has agreed a three year sponsorship with Priaulx ahead of his maiden campaign in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Founded in 2005, Ravenscroft is an independently owned group which provides stockbroking, investment management and corporate finance services to private and institutional clients across the Channel Islands and the UK.

Ravenscroft is supporting Priaulx into 2018 and beyond as the 17-year-old aims to challenge for the FIA British F4 title with leading team Arden Motorsport, with whom he showed hugely promising pace during an extensive testing programme prior to Christmas.

The reigning Ginetta Junior Championship vice-champion will get more time behind the wheel during a number of official pre-season tests, before unveiling his new car livery at the championship’s media day at Rockingham on Tuesday 13th March.

Sebastian Priaulx: “I’m delighted to be welcoming Ravenscroft on-board for what is sure to be an exciting 2018 season. They are a great company in the Channel Islands and I look forward to a prosperous partnership. I’m determined to challenge for the title this season and am hugely grateful to both 1st Central Insurance and Ravenscroft for making this season possible.”

Mark Bousfield – Ravenscroft Group Managing Director: “Sebastian, like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him, has shown incredible natural talent and huge determination to be successful in motorsport. Ravenscroft is a passionate supporter of the communities within which we operate and every year we help sports men and women like Sebastian fulfill their potential. This is an exciting time for Sebastian and so we have come together with a number of Ravenscroft friends who all wanted to provide some financial support and be part of the next stage of his career.”

The exciting news comes as Priaulx prepares for the Channel Islands Sports Awards 2017, for which he is nominated for the Rising Star award, which looks to recognise a local young sportsperson with outstanding potential.

The awards ceremony takes place this Thursday (25th January) and will be televised live on ITV Channel TV across two special programmes at 20:30 and 22:30.

Sebastian Priaulx: “I’m really looking forward to the Channel Islands Sports Awards. It’s a pleasure to be nominated for the Rising Star awards and I’m up against some huge competition. It will be a great evening celebrating the best of the Channel Islands sport, and I’m pleased to be having representatives from 1st Central Insurance and Ravenscroft there with me.”

Like father, like son – Sebastian Priaulx to race with Ford EcoBoost power in 2018 F4 British Championship

25 OCTOBER, 2017 – Sebastian Priaulx, son of triple World Touring Car Champion and Ford GT driver Andy Priaulx MBE, has agreed terms with Arden in a deal to contest the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The announcement comes just weeks after the curtain fell on a stellar campaign for the 16-year-old. It saw him crowned Ginetta Junior vice-champion with 13 podiums, including seven victories. Four wins out of five races in the space of two meetings a particular highlight, along with an unrivalled tally of eight pole positions.

“It’s a great feeling to have my 2018 plans confirmed,” said a thrilled Priaulx. “We’ve got a very exciting year ahead of us racing with Arden in the F4 British Championship.

“It’s a prestigious series with manufacturer backing from Ford and with my Dad driving for the Ford GT team it’s really cool.

“To make the step up to single-seaters and race in British F4 is a real milestone in my career. It’s always been my aim to live the single-seater dream. Winning in British F4 opens doors and it is the starting point for Formula 1.”

Garry Horner, Arden CEO and team principal, added: “We are delighted to have Seb joining our team at Arden. We have admired his dedication and ability throughout the previous season and are looking forward to a successful year in Formula 4.”

Priaulx began karting aged eight and rapidly became a multiple champion in Cadet, Mini Max and Junior Max classes.

Aged 15 he added a Ginetta Junior Winter Series title to his name. This followed a Ginetta Junior Championship campaign in 2016 which saw him take a victory and two pole positions in his rookie season.

Priaulx will be hoping to emulate FIA British Formula 4 Champions Lando Norris and Jamie Caroline, who both triumphed in Ginetta Juniors before making the step up to the UK’s leading single-seater series.

“2017 was a bit of a strange season with everything that happened with Ginetta and having to switch teams part way through the campaign,” explained Priaulx. “It was all out of my control and I just focused on performing at my best.

“I walked away as vice-champion, my head held high and proud of what I achieved. Now I’m aiming to win the British F4 title.

“Racing in single-seaters is going to be a new challenge for me. There’s a lot to learn. I’m excited for what lies ahead as I work towards my goal of race victories and hopefully a title tilt.

“Having raced in Ginettas, which run alongside British F4 on the TOCA package, I know the tracks on the calendar well and that experience can help me.”

Sebastian’s father Andy has long extolled the importance of drivers gaining single-seater experience and developing an understanding of racing with slicks and wings; targeting British F4 as the series in which his son should make a single-seater debut. The move to British F4 the fruition of several years’ hard work.

“Every driver needs single-seater experience,” said Priaulx. “It’s so important.

“Looking at how British F4 has evolved over the last couple of seasons it’s clearly the place for young drivers to be. The cars look great, the competition is fierce and the TOCA package is really strong.

“A big part of becoming a professional racing driver is working with major brands and Ford is one of those. Ford’s commitment to motor racing gives Seb the chance to achieve great things in his career.

“I also drive for Ford so hopefully together we can win our respective races and championships. We want to take this opportunity to write a very special ‘Priaulx’ chapter in Ford’s history.”

For Sebastian, the target is clear: To secure the most coveted championship in British single-seater racing and the 12 FIA Super Licence points which go with it to propel him towards Formula 1.

At Arden he is well placed to achieve this. The Banbury based outfit head into 2018 after three consecutive years of fighting at the front in British F4. 2017 saw them duke it out for both the drivers’ and teams’ titles in the season finale and amass more podiums and pole positions than any other squad.

“Arden’s facilities are very impressive and all the staff are incredibly professional,” enthused Priaulx.

“When I visited the workshop I could get up close and personal with their Formula 2 cars. As a young driver it’s really inspiring to be able to see the next steps on the FIA single-seater pyramid right in front of you.

“Arden is a team that can take you from British F4 all the way up to Formula 2. They can give you the tools to succeed.”

In addition to drawing on the experience and expertise of the Arden team, Priaulx can rely on the support of sponsor 1st Central Insurance. A key player in the car insurance market, 1st Central have become an integral part of Priaulx’s fledgling career, a fact which is not lost on the Guernseyman.

“1st Central Insurance made it possible for me to race in 2017 and have played a crucial part in getting me on the British F4 grid. I’m over the moon to have them as a sponsor.

“To have the support of such a well-respected company gives me a lot of confidence. I want to keep performing, make them proud and have fun along the way.”

Priaulx and Arden’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign will kick off at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April, 2018.

Priaulx helps British F4 drivers reach the top step

  • Priaulx inspires British F4 grid with driver coaching session at Snetterton.
  • F1 teams taking keen interest in British F4 and its drivers according to Priaulx.

8 AUGUST, 2016 – Drivers in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford returned from the summer break joined by none other than triple World Touring Car Champion and Ford GT World Endurance Championship star Andy Priaulx MBE at Snetterton.

Aside from a list of motorsport achievements almost as long as Snetterton’s Senna straight, Priaulx has been a coach to a number of drivers who have made it to F1 stardom such as Marcus Ericsson and Bruno Senna; so there was no better person to lead a driver coaching session with the 2016 British F4 cohort.

Priaulx’s masterclass acting as yet another fine example of how British F4 and Ford continues to provide the best learning and developmental opportunities for young motorsport talent.

His session covered a variety of topics; ranging from optimising performance both on and off the track to the importance of leading the team and pulling everyone together around you. All areas which the dedicated team of experts at Priaulx’s iZone Driver Performance facility encourage drivers to focus upon.

“I hope after meeting all the British F4 drivers I have been able to provide an insight into where they will go on to in their careers,” said Priaulx.

“It’s important to realise that Formula 1 teams are looking at British F4. That’s a really good accolade for the series and testament to where it is going.

“British F4 is affordable and offers a high level of competition which is what young drivers need.

“It is a brilliant starting point for youngsters. It’s on the TOCA package which is excellent and it’s a great series to graduate from.

“Drivers in British F4 are in one of the most high profile championships with Ford’s support and a host of major partners [such as Snap-On Business Solutions and Samsung].

“I think a series like British F4 which is supported by a major manufacturer like Ford is invaluable. You can build a relationship with the blue oval and it’s a big brand. There is a staircase of talent forming here at Ford with British F4, the GT programme and NASCAR.”

Priaulx was also keen to emphasise the increasingly important role played by fuel economy in motorsport with Ford’s EcoBoost technology at the forefront: “What we do is all about fuel economy. Optimising performance with good economy. So the more laps we can do on one tank of fuel and the quicker it takes to refill, the quicker we will be at the end of the race.

“The EcoBoost technology is amazing. The power that we are producing from that little V6 engine [in the Ford GT in the WEC and the 1.6 litre turbocharged unit in British F4] combined with the fuel economy and performance of the vehicles is unbelievable.

“Learning about this kind of technology in junior single-seaters with Ford in British F4 is great. Learning how it all works and how to optimise fuel burn is very interesting and as a driver it’s always very good to have a technical understanding of this.”

Priaulx also cast an eye on the future of his son Sebastian who is beginning to work his way up the motorsport ranks; currently making waves in the Ginetta Junior Championship with the JHR Developments team which also competes in the F4 British Championship.

“I would love Seb to join British F4”, said Priaulx. “He’s done really well in such a short space of time. British F4 is an absolute must for him and if I can find a way next year to bring him in I will do. I think he would be really quick. It would be such a great story with my strong relationship with Ford.

“Without wanting to put any pressure on him I think it would be a great opportunity. Every driver needs single-seater experience. It’s so important.”

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford title battle rolls on to Knockhill on 13/14 August as the season draws ever closer to its climax.