The BRDC F4 Championship returns to the Snetterton 300 circuit this weekend (7/8 September) as the series heads into the final month of its inaugural season. Just six races remain to decide the first series champion, with three of those taking place on the 2.99 mile Norfolk circuit.
F4’s last visit to Snetterton saw debut wins for James Fletcher (Team KBS), Struan Moore (Hillspeed) and Lanan Racing’s Jake Hughes. Hughes has added two further victories at Brands Hatch GP and at Silverstone to lead the championship by 34 points from nearest rival Seb Morris, and is in confident mood heading into the weekend.
“Snetterton has been a good circuit for us so far this year. We were fastest in the official test at the start of the year and scored a lot of points there during round three, including my first win. I’ll be going there with the same attitude as I have all season, and that is to score wins and good points.
“There are still 180 points up for grabs. A 34 point lead might sound like a lot, but in F4 terms it’s still pretty small. People will be looking up to me as championship leader so I’ll get my head down and focus on continuing what I’ve been doing all season. I’ve been really enjoying my first season in cars, and if I can get a couple more wins and some more podiums hopefully the championship will sort itself out at the end of the year. But I won’t be looking at the standings until after the last race of the season!”
Hillspeed’s Morris is yet to take his first win in the series, but has been super consistent, scoring seven podium finishes so far this year. He’s in fighting mood ahead of the weekend.
“It’s easy at this point to think Jake is far enough ahead but we’ve seen bigger leads get wiped out already this season, and all it takes is the slightest mistake, one bad race, and everything could change so we need to keep pushing as we have all year.
“We need wins and we are edging ever closer – my main ambition for Snetterton is to finally get the first one. We’ll have a better package at Snetterton than we had the first time we raced there, I’ve been working hard with my engineer Pete and driver coach Matt Shawyer and we’ve definitely made some good improvements to the way the car is working”, added Seb, “If we can qualify on the first two rows, with the great starts we’ve been making all year I’m sure we can challenge for wins.”
Sean Walkinshaw Racing duo Jack Barlow and Matty Graham are next up, both having taken two wins each in their first season out of karting. Graham is one of the form drivers in F4 at the moment, having taken two wins and two podiums from the last five races, and he hasn’t ruled out a late assault on the championship: “I’m going to be giving myself the best possible chance to win the championship” he commented. “It’s a bit ambitious maybe but why not? I can still do it!”
Double race winner Jake Dalton meanwhile has opted to join Hughes and Daniel Headlam at Lanan Racing for the remainder of the season, while HHC’s Charlie Robertson was extremely quick at the Norfolk circuit the last time the series visited, and has set wins as a target this weekend as he aims to add to the victory secured at Brands Hatch in May.
“We know we’ve got a quick car at Snetterton, and I like the track, so if everything goes smoothly in qualifying I’m sure we’ll be able to challenge at the front” Robertson enthused. “We’ve only got six races left, but there are still a lot of points to be won and lost.”
Ross Gunn, Matt Bell and Pietro Fittipaldi have also tasted victory success this season, while a number of drivers have come close to adding their names to the list of 10 different winners in F4 so far.
The BRDC F4 Championship has produced thrilling racing at every venue visited so far this season, and the Snetterton 300 circuit boasts some of the best spectator viewing areas in the country, meaning fans will be able to see plenty of action unfold as potential F1 stars of the future do battle around the 2.99 mile circuit!
Tickets for the BRDC F4 Championship at Snetterton on 7-8 September are available in advance for £10 with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.snetterton.co.uk.