Rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship take place at Oulton Park on Saturday (6 July), as the most competitive single seater championship in the country visits Cheshire for the first time.
A total of seven different drivers have stood on the top step of the podium so far, with Jake Dalton and Matt Bell the only double winners in the series up to now. But wins from Charlie Robertson, Jack Barlow, James Fletcher, Struan Moore and Jake Hughes mean that the championship is too close to call as the season approaches its half way point.
HHC Motorsport’s Charlie Robertson leads the way by just three points from Mark Godwin Racing’s Dalton. Robertson is looking to extend his advantage at Oulton Park though, a circuit he knows well from his championship-winning days in Ginetta Junior.
“Oulton Park is a great track and I’m really looking forward to racing the F4 car there for the first time” he enthused, “It’ll be my race debut on the full circuit, we only raced on the Island layout in Ginetta Juniors, but I’m confident we’ll be able to hit the ground running and have three strong races there.”
Dalton, who hails from nearby Audley in Staffordshire, is hoping that home advantage will pay off.
“Testing on Friday (28 June) was my first time at Oulton Park in the F4 car and only my second test there in any category despite it being my local circuit” he commented. “It’s a tricky circuit to master but I think my pace was there in the wet, and I’ll be pretty confident if it is wet for the races. In the dry there are a few areas to work but we should be looking good for the race weekend.
“I need to make sure I get back into the championship lead. Charlie is looking very good at the moment and I need to try and stop his run of success!”
Fellow local man Seb Morris, who lives in Marford, Wrexham lies third in the championship standings for the Hillspeed team, but only 18 points off the lead. He’s stood on the podium four times so far this year, and a debut win seems closer than ever.
“Oulton Park has been a very good circuit in the past for me,” he enthused. “In Ginetta Juniors I won both races there in 2011 and one by over 23 seconds, and I’m hoping my local knowledge will allow me to claim my first F4 win.”
F4 had three maiden winners last time out at Snetterton, with Fletcher, Moore and Hughes all tasting glory for the first time, while Raoul Hyman, Falco Wauer, and Matty Graham all look to be on the verge of adding race wins to the podiums they have already secured in F4.
Also in action at Oulton Park on Saturday is the Radical SR1 Cup, featuring Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy. Hoy claimed a pair of fifth places in the first two rounds of the championship at Brands Hatch at the start of June, while Colin Noble Jr took two wins to lead the standings. There will be two races from this brand new category, with further action from the Radical SR3 Challenge and Clubman’s Cup.