F4 Livery - Walkinshaw RacingWalkinshaw Racing, one of the most successful and respected brands in world motorsport, will make a full-time return to competitive action in the UK from 2013 with the announcement today, Tuesday, 16th October, of a confirmed entry in the new BRDC Formula 4 Championship.

Based in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, and led by team principal Ken Page, the re-launched British arm of Walkinshaw Racing will contest the MotorSport Vision-run Formula 4 single-seater category with two cars.

Bolstering the strength and depth of talent at the squad will be commercial manager Mick Gomme, who has a wealth of Formula One experience, and race engineer Brendan Gribben – a chief designer at Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) and highly respected engineer in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

“We’re absolutely delighted to re-launch Walkinshaw Racing as a team in the UK again”, commented Page, “It’s something we have been considering for a while and we feel the time is right to add involvement in the revamped F4 to our other operations around the world, such as V8 Supercars.

“The opportunity to join the BRDC Formula 4 Championship was too good to miss, it looks a great new series and will obviously be very professionally run. We’re very pleased to be associated with MSV for our first season back in action on the UK race tracks next year.”

Over the decades the Walkinshaw name has been synonymous with success and quality both on and off the race track. With a history dating back to the 1970s, the business was established by the late Tom Walkinshaw who embarked on works programmes with both Mazda and BMW in touring cars.

Rapidly emerging as a force to be reckoned with, the then TWR concern branched out successfully into World Championship Sportscar racing and Formula One where the eponymous owner played a key role in Michael Schumacher’s first F1 title victory with Benetton.

In addition to success in the Le Mans 24 Hours and again in touring cars in the BTCC with Volvo, the Walkinshaw name continues to be one of the most high profile in the Australian V8 Supercars with the Holden Racing Team.

The inaugural season of BRDC Formula 4 is provisionally scheduled to start in late April next year and will be contested across eight race weekends, including a number of high-profile support slots at events such as the British round of the DTM, reaching a conclusion in October.

Each of the identical MSV F4-013 cars will produce 175bhp from a 2.0-litre Cosworth-supplied Ford engine while the six-speed transmission will feature an ‘F1-style’ paddle-shift gear change on the steering wheel. The spaceframe chassis meets the latest FIA safety standards, including rollover protection, cockpit head surround, wheel tethers and carbon fibre impact structures.

For more details regarding Walkinshaw Racing’s new Formula 4 team, please contact Commercial Manager Mick Gomme on 0845 4020402, 07702 669418 or email Mick.Gomme@walkinshawperformance.co.uk