BRDC Formula 4 - November 2013
The BRDC F4 Championship is the most competitive single seater championship in the UK, with grids regularly exceeding 20 cars at each round.
Competing drivers gain strong recognition thanks to an excellent ITV4 highlights show and close links with the British Racing Drivers’ Club, whose members have achieved at the highest levels of the sport. The 2013 top three drivers, including Hillspeed’s Seb Morris, were all finalists in the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
The championship features 24 races across eight events, with an outstanding calendar including the Silverstone GP, Brands Hatch GP, Donington Park, Snetterton 300 and Oulton Park circuits. BRDC F4 also supports the British GT Championship at selected rounds.
The weekend format includes a 20-minute qualifying session and three 20-minute races.
The grid for the first race is set in qualifying order, the grid for the second in the finishing order of race one with the top eight reversed, and the grid for the third race in the order of fastest laps from race one or two. This format provides exciting racing, means that misfortune in qualifying or races doesn’t have to ruin the weekend for drivers, and allows drivers to develop overtaking skills.
In races one and three, points are scored from 35 for a win to one for 20th. In race two, points are scored from 25 for a win to one for 20th.
BRDC Formula 4 MSV F4-013 Specification
Spaceframe chassis, built by Ralph Firman’s RFR concern
Ford Duratec 2.0-litre, producing 185bhp and featuring a Cosworth engine management system
The gearbox is more sophisticated than any previous car at this level, being a six-speed Sadev system, incorporating steering-wheel-mounted paddleshift gear change, with the gearbox control system also supplied by Cosworth
The car features an advanced spaceframe chassis compliant with FIA Article 277 safety standards. This includes FIA-approved carbon fibre front and rear impact structures, Diolen anti-intrusion side panels, cockpit head surround protection and wheel tethers
Front – 8” wheels
Rear – 10” wheels
Slick and treaded wet-weather tyres supplied by Yokohama
Jake Cook and Kieran Vernon delivered yet more podium success for Hillspeed during the final event of the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Series at Brands Hatch in Kent over the weekend, 23rd/24th November, with category newcomer Vernon claiming his maiden victory in round eight of the campaign. With two third place finishes in rounds five and six on Saturday, added to a brace of top four results...
Highly rated British driver Kieran Vernon will make a surprise debut in the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Series finale at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit next weekend, 23rd/24th November, after concluding a deal with race winning squad Hillspeed to join Jake Cook and Dimitris Papanastasiou. Having spent over a year on the racing sidelines due to financial constraints, the 23-year-old from West...
The drivers who were inside the top six of the BRDC F4 standings at the halfway point of the season (after Oulton Park), were yesterday (12 November) rewarded with a prize tour of the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking. Jake Hughes, Charlie Robertson, Jake Dalton, Matt Bell, Seb Morris and Jack Barlow all spent time being shown around the impressive facility, and got an exclusive insight on...
Two utterly dominant race wins for Hillspeed’s Jake Cook at Snetterton 300 Circuit on Sunday, 10th November, put the BRDC Formula 4 Championship rookie within just two points of the Winter Series lead following the opening four rounds of the eight-race campaign. While the first day of action didn’t go according to plan for the 20-year-old category debutant, he bounced back with a...
Dimitris Papanastasiou will make a return to competitive action for the first time in four years at Snetterton 300 Circuit in East Anglia this weekend, 9th/10th November, after joining leading BRDC Formula 4 Championship team Hillspeed for the category’s eight-round Winter Series. Partnering fellow F4 rookie Jake Cook at the Derbyshire squad, the 30-year-old Greek driver from London is...