FRONT-RUNNERS HILLSPEED WELCOME 'EXPECTED' BRDC F4 REBRANDING
Race-winning BRDC Formula 4 Championship team Hillspeed has warmly welcomed talk of a likely rebranding of the category to become British Formula 3 – a move long expected by team principal Richard Ollerenshaw.
Media reports over the past couple of days in leading motor racing titles Motorsport News and Autosport have added to the increasing speculation regarding BRDC F4 gaining national Formula 3 status in the UK, something Ollerenshaw feels is a vital move for the championship.
Following the arrival of the brand new 230bhp Tatuus-Cosworth car for last November’s Autumn Trophy, BRDC F4 took a huge leap forward in terms of its performance level and positioning on the single-seater ladder, moving the championship comfortably clear of fellow UK single-seater category MSA Formula, the British series which most closely matches the FIA’s F4 blueprint.
With reports the name change was discussed at the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Geneva last week, Hillspeed’s team boss feels vindicated in his belief a rebranding exercise needs to take place to ensure the championship is rightly pitched as a genuine feeder to the high-profile FIA Formula 3 European Championship and GP3 Series.
“This is, by far, the best news we’ve heard for a long time”, he commented, “I’ve been vocal in my belief BRDC F4 needed to be rebranded following the introduction of the new car, and I am delighted the respective bodies now look to have acknowledged this.
“The power and performance of our new car is very close to F3 and it makes absolute sense for the championship to be known as British F3. If the change is ratified, it’ll be crystal clear to drivers, both from the UK and those from overseas, precisely where the level of the championship is. This would be the right move without any shadow of a doubt and one we’ve been expecting for some time.”
British F3, as was, ceased to exist in the UK after the end of the 2014 season. Hillspeed, of course, has past experience of racing in several F3 categories, winning back-to-back titles in the ARP Formula 3 Championship in 2000 and 2001 before graduating to the main British F3 series in 2002.
Drivers interested in joining the grid of the championship are invited to contact Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw. To find out more, call +44 (0)1433 650400, +44 (0)7966 650400 or email [email protected]