BRDC F4 LogoDefending BRDC F4 champions Lanan Racing have confirmed double CIK-FIA European Karting Champion George Russell as their first driver for the 2014 F4 season.

Russell, who turns 16 in February, resides in Wisbech in Cambridgeshire and graduates to car racing in F4 with an enviable track record of success in karting, having secured 13 titles in five years. He began racing in 2006 at the age of eight, and secured his first two championship successes in 2008.

Moving up to the MSA FKS British Championship Cadet category in 2009, he secured three titles while taking the vice champion position in the Super One Cadet category. He took four titles in 2010, stepping up to Rotax Mini Max with glory in the MSA British Super One, Formula Kart Stars, Kartmasters Grand Prix and Rotax Cup.

Then in 2011 at the age of 13, he became CIK-FIA European Champion in KF3, before creating history in 2012 by becoming the first driver to claim the title in consecutive years, while adding further titles in the KF3 Winter Cup and SKUSA Supernationals.

In 2013 he was a winner in the WSK Euro Series in Italy. His next target is to emulate the success of Jake Hughes, who stepped out of karting and into cars with Lanan, and became the first F4 champion in 2013.

George Russell said:  “I’m absolutely delighted to join the BRDC F4 Championship with Lanan Racing. To be able to join the current champions is a privilege and I’m confident I can match or exceed their results from last season, and be running at the front in 2014. I’ve had some good seat time with the team already, we work well together and I’m very excited to be making my car racing debut with Lanan Racing. I’m aiming to win the championship in my first year.”

Lanan Racing Team Principal Graham Johnson is equally enthusiastic about his new recruit. “We’ve been keeping an eye on George’s progress for some time and very pleased to welcome him to the team. He’s made the step up from karting very quickly and his performances in testing with us have been absolutely fantastic. He is clearly going to be a championship contender in 2014. We ran consistently at the front in BRDC F4 in 2013 and we were delighted to claim the championship; signing George helps with our plan to do the same in 2014. We are very excited about his potential.”