BRDC Formula 4 set for Easter opener at Oulton Park
The 2015 Duo BRDC Formula 4 season will roar into life this Easter Weekend (4/6 April) at Oulton Park with some of the finest young drivers from around the world looking to follow in the footsteps of 2014 champion and McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner George Russell.
Six different nationalities are represented on this year’s grid with drivers from India, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina and Oman joining 12 Brits in the championship. 2014 Winter Series Champion Will Palmer will be looking to add the 2015 main title to his CV having finished sixth last year but will face tough opposition from rookie teammates Harri Newey and Sisa Ngebulana. Newey, the son of legendary Formula One designer Adrian, is graduating from karting and South African Ngebulana, who hails from Fourways near Johannesburg, has represented his country in karts before making the step up to BRDC F4.
Two-time title winners Lanan Racing will be aiming to take a third consecutive championship and have a strong line-up in returning driver Rodrigo Fonseca, Manx racer Chris Mealin and rookie Jack Bartholomew, who finished third quickest in the final pre-season test at Oulton Park, to help them achieve this.
The cosmopolitan nature of the series is no more apparent than at Hillspeed where three different nationalities are represented. Omani racer Al Faisal Al Zubair, South African Sebastian Lanzetti and Ameya Vaidyanathan, an Indian driver undertaking his first season in motorsport, all move to Europe to race this year.
Scottish Formula Ford Champion Ciaran Haggerty moves into the series with support from racing legends Dario Franchitti and Allan McNish as part of the Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Initiative. Another title winner will be looking for back-to-back successes as Jack Lang, the 2014 Formula Jedi Champion, competes in BRDC F4 with family-run outfit Lang Sport.
Silverstone-based Jordan Albert and Brands Hatch driving instructor Tom Jackson return to the series with Sean Walkinshaw Racing and Chris Dittmann Racing respectively. Albert, who claimed one podium finish in the series last year, was fastest in the final pre-season test at Oulton Park and will be looking to carry that form into the first race of the year. His teammate will be Zubair Hoque who finished in the top five of the 2014 Winter Championship as Omar Ismail links up with Jackson from the third round onwards, after he turns 16 and becomes eligible to race.
James Reveler will make the step up from club-level karting with 23 Racing and Michael O’Brien makes the switch from Formula Ford with Mark Godwin Racing. His teammate will be Argentine driver Hernan Fallas. Douglas Motorsport will field FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy member Akhil Rabindra and Mexican racer Fernando Urrutia.
All drivers on the start line at Oulton Park will do some with hope and expectation, ready to demonstrate their racing abilities throughout what is sure to be a dramatic and nail biting 2015 Duo BRDC Formula 4 season.