BRDC F4 CarRising motorsport star Charlie Robertson has today, Tuesday, 18th September, become the first driver to officially sign-up for the newly launched BRDC Formula 4 Championship – confirming his graduation to single-seater racing for 2013.

Whyteleafe-based Charlie, who is currently leading the Ginetta Junior Championship in his second season of car racing, is widely regarded as one of the sport’s most promising young talents and will undoubtedly be one to watch when the MotorSport Vision-run series commences next year.

Although the switch from closed-wheel to open-wheel racing will be a brand new challenge for the 15-year-old Caterham School pupil, he will enjoy the continuity of remaining with HHC Motorsport as the team adds involvement in BRDC Formula 4 to its existing Ginetta Junior programme.

“BRDC F4 is the perfect next step for me after two seasons in Ginetta Juniors”, said Charlie, “With 175bhp, adjustable wings and paddle-shift gears, the F4-013 looks fantastic – the championship looks great too, with relatively low costs, three races each weekend and reverse grids to spice things up. I can’t wait!

“I’m really pleased I’ll be racing with HHC next year, I’ve built up a fantastic relationship with Charlie [Kemp] and Jody [Hemmings] at the team and I can’t fault anything they’ve done over the last two years in Ginetta Junior. They’ve consistently given me a great car and really helped bring me on as a driver. It really is going to be fantastic taking on this new challenge together.”

Revealed last week, the all-new BRDC Formula 4 Championship will feature cars built to the latest FIA safety standards and which are powered by 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engines which have six-speed Sadev transmission, including paddle shift gear change. Running on slick Yokohama tyres, the series also has the prestigious endorsement of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC).

The planned schedule for the inaugural BRDC F4 season next year is for the calendar to feature 24 rounds across eight weekends – three races at each event – with visits to Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, Donington Park, Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, Oulton Park and Snetterton 300 Circuit.

At present, the season is expected to commence at the end of April with a finale at the home of the BRDC, Silverstone, in mid-October. During the year, the championship is expected to run as part of the support package to the British Formula 3 and British GT race meetings with a planned guest slot alongside the DTM ‘German touring cars’ when the series makes its annual visit to the UK next May.