JERSEY RACER MOORE FIRST F4 DRIVER CONFIRMED AT HILLSPEED
Former Ginetta Junior Championship front-runner Struan Moore is to remain with Hillspeed for his first full season of single-seater action this year after today, Thursday, 14th February, agreeing a deal with the Derbyshire team to contest the inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Championship.
Becoming the first driver confirmed for Hillspeed’s assault on Formula 4 this year, Jersey-based Moore – who celebrates his 18th birthday today – makes the full time transition to single-seater competition after sampling ‘slicks and wings’ last year.
Moore’s new deal sees him stay with the Richard Ollerenshaw-led team for a third consecutive year, having graduated from karts into Ginetta Junior with Hillspeed in 2011. Establishing himself as a multiple podium finisher, the teenager sat-out the majority of last year due to school commitments but made a welcome track return in Protyre Formula Renault for the final two events of the season.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have Struan back on-board at Hillspeed on a full-time basis”, said team principal Ollerenshaw, “He’s exceptionally talented, we knew that from when we first started working with him in Ginetta Junior two years ago, and I’m sure he’s going to be capable of running at the front in Formula 4 this year from the outset.
“Although he only had a few outings last year in Formula Renault, Struan did a great job and definitely showed the potential we know he has to be a successful single-seater racer. We’re very much looking forward to a strong first season in Formula 4 with him.”
Moore, who is managed by Ignition Sport which is headed by FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series racer James Walker, arrived in Ginetta Junior in 2011 off the back of a sterling karting career in which he won the Jersey Kart Club Cadet and Junior Mini Max titles in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
Although calling time early on his maiden season in cars for educational reasons, he still managed to end the campaign 12th overall in the championship. Contesting five races in Protyre Formula Renault in 2012, the entrepreneurial youngster – who is establishing his own clothing brand – claimed a best result of 13th place from a capacity field of 32 drivers during the televised season finale.
“It’s fantastic to be back with Hillspeed for the third consecutive year of my career, representing Ignition Sport”, said Moore, “It will be very interesting to be part of the maiden F4 season, the car provides the driver with a much more up-to-date package and I am very much looking forward to getting my hands on it!
“As well as my racing, this year will see the launch of my own clothing brand which will feature a summer line followed by an autumn/winter line later on. I really see this year as a true step forward in my racing and, coupled with the clothing brand, it all looks set to be an exciting 2013.”
Hillspeed is still in discussion with several drivers regarding its BRDC Formula 4 programme but also welcomes continued enquiries. Contact team principal Richard Ollerenshaw by telephone on 01433 650400, 07966 650400 or by email to [email protected]