RACE WINNER MOORE MAKES SURPRISE BRDC F4 RETURN WITH HILLSPEED
Jersey’s Struan Moore is to reunite with top team Hillspeed for a surprise return to Duo BRDC Formula 4 action this coming weekend, 7th/8th November, in the Autumn Trophy when the 20-year-old arrives back on the UK mainland after a strong maiden season in Japanese Formula 3.
Having been based in the Far East throughout 2015, where he was a front-runner in the renowned F3 category, Moore – whose career is managed by Crown Motorsport – is relishing the prospect of racing the brand new Tatuus-Cosworth car which will make its competitive debut on Saturday.
Debuting in cars with Hillspeed in 2011 in the Ginetta Junior Championship, the Channel Islander went on to graduate into single-seaters the following year with Richard Ollerenshaw’s Hathersage team with a handful of outings in Protyre Formula Renault before moving into BRDC F4 in 2013.
Enjoying his first taste of the series’ latest F4-016 chassis during a test outing with Hillspeed last week at Snetterton, the host venue for this weekend’s first four races of the Autumn Trophy, Moore will undoubtedly go into the championship as a genuine title challenger. He will partner Indian racer Ameya Vaidyanathan during the eight-round series.
“We are absolutely delighted Struan is rejoining Hillspeed after a couple of years away from the team, he’s a fantastic young driver and we built a great rapport and working relationship during our three years together across Ginettas, Renault and BRDC F4”, said Ollerenshaw.
“The experience he’s gained this year in Japanese F3 will prove incredibly important with the advent of the new F4 car and his return to the team is going to help Ameya develop even further. We’re all thrilled to have such a strong line-up for the Autumn Trophy and cannot wait for the first round.”
Moore’s racing career began in karting in Jersey back in 2003 and after winning Cadet and Junior Mini Max titles in 2006 and 2007 respectively, he progressed into cars in 2011 with Hillspeed where he went on to end the Ginetta Junior campaign 12th overall with three podiums in his rookie year.
Staying with Hillspeed for his switch to single-seaters, first in Formula Renault late in 2012 and then with a full campaign in the inaugural BRDC F4 season in 2013 where he took one win and three other podiums, Moore went on to enjoy more success the following year in F4 and also won during a one-off outing in the MRF Challenge at Bahrain International Circuit.
Notably, in-keeping with his rapidly growing stature in motor racing, Moore this year signed a deal with the British Embassy in Tokyo to become an ambassador for the ‘Innovation is GREAT’ campaign which is led by the UK government.
Looking ahead to his BRDC F4 return, Moore said: “I’m delighted to return to Hillspeed for the Autumn Trophy, the team and I shared some great success and I’m really excited to get back into an F4 car after my season in Japanese F3. I’m hoping I can help Hillspeed develop the car and fight it out for the podium places, starting at Snetterton this weekend.”
Snetterton 300 Circuit will host rounds one, two, three and four of the eight-round Autumn Trophy this coming weekend, 7th/8th November, with the championship reaching its conclusion a week later on 14th/15th November at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent.