The BRDC Formula 4 Championship blasts back into life this weekend (15-16 June) on the Snetterton 300 circuit for rounds seven, eight and nine of the series, with large crowds expected to flock to the Norfolk circuit for the British GT Championship-headlined event.
If the season so far is anything to go by, picking a winner at Snetterton will be an extremely difficult task. The racing at Silverstone and at Brands Hatch has been dramatic and close fought with plenty of overtaking and battles throughout the field.
Mark Godwin Racing’s Jake Dalton is the current man to beat and leads the F4 championship standings by 16 points, having been the only driver so far to finish each race inside the top five. Dalton, from Audley in Staffordshire, has taken two victories with wins at Silverstone and at Brands Hatch, and has also secured two further podium finishes to stand 16 points clear of HHC Motorsport’s Charlie Robertson.
Dalton’s optimistic of good results again this weekend. “I’m feeling very confident and pleased about the season so far” Dalton commented. “My expectations are extremely high and have been from day one. I feel you must win a series in your second year in car racing to really show your full potential before progressing onto the next step up the ladder.”
Charlie Robertson was the form man at Brands Hatch, with three podiums including a maiden win, and moving to second in the championship in the process. The Scotsman, who lives in Whyteleafe, Surrey, has enjoyed race wins on the Snetterton 300 circuit in Ginetta Juniors, and he too is aiming for more of the same this weekend. “Jake [Dalton] has a pretty healthy lead in the championship but if we can repeat the same level of performance at Snetterton that we produced at Brands, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to close him down. You always want to be winning races but my main goal is to try and get the lead of the championship.”
To date, four drivers have been victorious in F4, with Robertson’s win in the final race at Brands Hatch last time out the most recent addition. Privateer Matt Bell from Winchester is a double winner, having claimed the historic first win at Silverstone before adding another at Brands Hatch to lie third in the championship standings, demonstrating that ‘lads and dads’ can compete with full scale teams in F4.
Jack Barlow (Hastings) triumphed at Silverstone for Sean Walkinshaw Racing in only his second ever car race and he lies fifth in the standings, with SWR team mate Matthew Graham (Edmundbyers, County Durham) just ahead of him in fourth, having claimed a podium and fastest overall race lap at Silverstone.
Hillspeed’s Seb Morris (Marford, Wrexham) lies sixth, while current seventh placed man Jake Hughes (Water Orton, Warwickshire) went fastest in the pre-season test at Snetterton for his Lanan Racing team and he was the first ever F4 pole sitter at Silverstone.
Ten drivers have stood on the podium so far, with six different pole sitters, demonstrating F4’s credentials as the most competitive junior championship for aspiring F1 racers in the United Kingdom.
F4 cars will participate in four test sessions on Friday before qualifying on Saturday at 10.15am. The first race takes place at 14.45 on Saturday, with two further contests on Sunday at 10.00 and 14.15.
BRDC F4 Snetterton 300 entry list (as of 11 June):
2. Malgosia Rdest, Douglas Motorsport
3. Sennan Fielding, Douglas Motorsport
4. James Fletcher, Team KBS
5. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport
6. Matthew Graham, Sean Walkinshaw Racing
7. Jake Hughes, Lanan Racing
8. Daniel Headlam, Lanan Racing
12. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing
13. Diego Menchaca, Mark Godwin Racing
14. Jake Dalton, Mark Godwin Racing
20. Gustavo Lima, HHC Motorsport
22. James Greenway, Private entry
23. Zou Sirui, Sean Walkinshaw Racing
25. Struan Moore, Hillspeed
27. Falco Wauer, Team KBS
31. Seb Morris, Hillspeed
32. Ross Gunn, Motionsport
53. Matt Bell, MattRBell Racing Team E-Lites
55. Charlie Robertson, HHC Motorsport
66. Jack Barlow, Sean Walkinshaw Racing
72. Rahul Raj Mayer, Hillspeed
77. Simon Rudd, Motionsport
TBA. TBA, Chris Dittmann Racing
TBA. TBA, Chris Dittmann Racing