The Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup will see £100 and a trophy awarded to the polesitter for each of the 24 races in 2013. At the end of the season, the driver who has accumulated the most pole positions will receive a cheque for £1,000 and the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup, meaning a total maximum prize fund of £3,400 available throughout the season.
The award is named after Jack Cavill, who played a vital supporting role in the early careers of several notable drivers from the 1960s onwards.
Cavill raced motorbikes in the early 1950s, and then switched to cars with a Cooper 500 in the mid 1950s. In the next decade he turned his hand to assisting other drivers, purchasing a Matador F4 car for Roger Keele. Jack also purchased a March 713S in 1972 for Mike Wilds to drive, followed by an Ensign in the same year, and later Wilds’ F3 car ran from Cavill’s workshop, as did Mike’s F5000 March.
Jack’s son John has since followed in his father’s footsteps, helping several famous names such as Tim Sugden, Will Power and Anthony Wilds, son of Mike.
MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer is another driver John supported, and is delighted that Cavill has put his father’s name to the new F4 prize: “I met John Cavill in 1981 when he approached me at Oulton Park when I was doing the last F3 race I could afford. Out of the blue, this mystery guy gave me a significant amount of money to carry on in F3, and he has remained a close friend ever since. John is a tremendous supporter of young racing talent – and not just financially. John’s cheery humour even managed to crack a thunderous JP into a smile after racing disappointments – and that was a great relief to many! I am delighted John has put Jack’s name to this superb prize package, adding another financial incentive to drivers competing in the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship, and we look forward to him being an important part of the BRDC F4 championship.”
The Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup is the latest addition to a comprehensive prize package offered by this year’s BRDC F4 Championship. The overall champion will receive a £25,000 cash prize as well as a test in a Carlin F3 car, while the driver that makes up the most places in the races throughout the year will receive a £5,000 ‘Who Zooms’ Award, sponsored by Yoozoom. Furthermore, the 6 drivers that top the standings at the half-way point of the season will receive a tour of the renowned McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.