Gunn, 16 from Buckinghamshire, has been competing in karts since he was eight years old, rising to prominence by winning the British Super One MiniMax Championship in his first season in the series (2011), as well as the prestigious British Kart Grand Prix in the same year.
He followed that up last year by securing the British Super One Junior Rotax Championship – the first time that the MiniMax and Junior Rotax Championships have been won in consecutive years by a rookie.
“I’m looking forward to driving in the BRDC Formula 4 championship,” commented Gunn. “It quickly became a very attractive option to compete in F4, and the quality and depth of the drivers competing in the championship was just one of the reasons why I joined.
“I’m looking forward to working with Motionsport, they have a lot of experience in racing which is always useful, and I’m really looking forward to it. The aim is to win the championship.”
Rudd, 23 from Rochester in Kent, is another karting graduate, and secured a test drive in a Formula Renault Eurocup car by finishing second in the Henry Surtees Foundation race at Buckmore Park in 2012. Rudd has also won multiple 24-hour kart races, and is even a world record holder for the amount of distance covered in a kart in 24 hours, at Teesside in 2007.
“I’m really excited and grateful to Motionsport for giving me this opportunity. Formula 4 was my main plan for this season, with it being a new series it’s more of a level playing field. It’s difficult to have any expectations at the moment but I’m looking forward to driving the car and I’d like to be competitive and see where we are.”
Motionsport team principal Simon Phillips is looking forward to starting the new season. “So far so good! The cars are impressive and the team at MSV have done a great job of showing us around them. Big compliments to the team both at MSV and RFR, a lot of competence has gone into the car – we had high expectations and the car has far exceeded them so far! It’s an exceptionally good value package, and we can’t wait for Silverstone. We’re now looking forward to getting some useful testing under our belts with Ross and Simon before the first round.”