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Charlie RobertsonAspiring professional racing driver Charlie Robertson will be showcasing his skills at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham over the next four days, as part of the ‘Live Action Arena’ spectacle at the annual Autosport International Show.

Invited to take part in the largest dedicated motorsport exhibition in Europe alongside his five fellow finalists from the 2013 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award evaluations, the Whyteleafe 17-year-old will be putting his driving prowess to the test in Hall 5 of the prestigious show.

With a number of appearances in the Live Action Arena scheduled during the trade-only days on Thursday, 9th January, and Friday, 10th January, Charlie will then feature in no fewer than 11 shows across the public days on Saturday, 11th January, and Sunday, 12th January.

Additionally the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star will be interviewed on the main KX Autosport Stage, the central hub of the show which will also feature such star names as Formula One and World Motorcycling Champion John Surtees OBE, current FIA Formula One World Championship racer Adrian Sutil and Le Mans 24 Hour Race legends Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish.

“I’m really looking forward to being so involved in the Autosport Show this year, there’s going to be a lot to do over the four days – it’s going to be pretty busy”, said Charlie, “As well as the Live Action Arena, which should be really good fun, I’ve got quite a few interviews lined-up and I’ll be doing the charity kart race on Friday night too.

“I’ll be on the Autosport Stage all four days too for interviews with the other McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalists, so that should be good. I wasn’t expecting to be put forward for the McLaren award in my first year in single-seaters, we looked at it as a learning year but as the season went on we knew we had the pace. Being named as a finalist was a massive achievement.”

Autosport International has a clear global reach and is the true start to the new motorsport year for racing enthusiasts from across the world. Attracting approximately 80,000 visitors each year, from as many as 62 countries, the event also generates north of £1 billion in business deals.

The Live Action Arena is the country’s largest indoor racetrack, with the capacity to seat around 5,000 spectators, and always proves to be one of the biggest highlights at Autosport International each and every year.

Opening to trade visitors tomorrow, Thursday, 9th January, at 09.00, and on Friday, 10th January, the doors to Autosport International at Birmingham’s NEC will be thrown open to the public on Saturday, 11th January, and Sunday, 12th January. The event is open until 18.00 across all four days.

For more information and details regarding tickets, visit www.autosportinternational.com

Charlie RobertsonBrands Hatch Indy Circuit proved to be an incredibly happy hunting ground for Charlie Robertson over the weekend, 18th/19th May, where the BRDC Formula 4 Championship star secured his maiden race victory in single-seaters and a hat-trick of podiums to climb into second in the driver standings.

Immensely competitive and ultra-quick throughout the weekend, the 16-year-old from Whyteleafe gave his home supporters plenty to cheer with three outstanding race performances and is now just 16 points shy of the series lead.

In addition to his utterly dominant win in the final outing of the weekend, round six, Charlie was also presented with the BRM Rapide Award – for posting the fastest race lap of the event in round four on Saturday – by Mercedes DTM racer, and Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes test driver, Gary Paffett.

Along with the other F4 competitors, he also had the chance to meet 2009 FIA Formula One World Champion Jenson Button who was on-hand at Brands Hatch to cheer on his McLaren team-mate and close friend Paffett in the headlining DTM race.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend, I didn’t think a win would be on the cards after Silverstone”, said the elated HHC Motorsport driver, “To win my first race is fantastic, I concentrated on getting away at the start and then cruised for the last five or six laps. Winning the BRM Rapide Award too is great.”

Beginning the weekend perfectly on Friday, 17th May, by setting the fastest time of the day in free practice, Charlie carried the same form forward into qualifying on Saturday morning and just missed out on a maiden Formula 4 pole position by the smallest of margins – just 0.060 seconds.

Despite making a good getaway from the front row of the grid at the start of round four, he had to slot in behind pole-sitter Jake Dalton through Paddock Hill Bend and the duo spent the remainder of the 25-lap encounter in that order.

Charlie piled on the pressure to the race leader throughout but, as is so often the case at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, overtaking opportunities proved almost non-existent. Never giving Dalton a moment to relax, the single-seater rookie swarmed all over the back of his rival and set the fastest lap of the race in the process en-route to his first BRDC Formula 4 podium.

“Every single time I got close to him [Dalton], the aero made it impossible to try and make a move”, said Charlie, “He was faster than me in the first sector but I was quicker than him through the last sector. We were both doing pretty much exactly the same lap times throughout the race, it was what it’s always like at Brands Indy – you need the other guy to make a mistake to get a chance.”

With the finishing order from race one determining the starting order for race two, albeit with the top eight reversed, the reigning Ginetta Junior Champion quickly moved into sixth and grabbed fifth with a great move at Paddock Hill Bend on lap three before taking fourth on the following tour.

Following a lengthy Safety Car period between laps six and 13, when racing resumed the Caterham School pupil pressurised former Ginetta rival Sennan Fielding for third and moved ahead with a great pass at Paddock to secure his second podium on the trot.

Round six was, of course, the highlight for Charlie and after sealing pole position by way of having set the fastest lap in the weekend’s opening race, he dominated from the outset. Scorching into a 1.2 second lead at the end of the opening lap, he eventually ended the race over 10 seconds clear and, once again, set the fastest lap to cap an outstanding breakthrough weekend.

Rounds seven, eight and nine of the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship season will take place four weeks from now, over the weekend 15th/16th June, at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk where the series will run as part of the support package for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd6):
1st Jake Dalton, 139pts; 2nd Charlie Robertson, 123pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Charlie Robertson - Silverstone F4Single-seater newcomer Charlie Robertson delivered a consistently strong showing throughout the first event of the brand new BRDC Formula 4 Championship at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit over the weekend, 27th/28th April, to conclude the race meeting fifth in the driver standings.

With a best result of fourth position during round three on Sunday afternoon, the 16-year-old reigning Ginetta Junior Champion was fifth in the season-opening race on Saturday and also added a hard-fought seventh place in round two to bag a very important haul of points.

“The main thing this weekend was to score well in each race, which we’ve done, and have a strong start to the season so I’m happy enough with that”, said Charlie, “It would have been nice to be on the podium but for my first three races in single-seaters, I’m pretty pleased with the outcome.”

Charlie’s weekend got off to a trying start during the qualifying session for round one when he had to back off on his quickest lap due to yellow flags being shown. While correctly reducing his pace and heeding the warnings, several rivals did not and so the Whyteleafe driver ended up ninth. This later became eighth though when Brazil’s Pietro Fittipaldi was excluded from the results of the session.

Although bundled back to 11th on the opening lap of race one, the HHC Motorsport youngster mounted a superb drive and pulled off some outstanding overtaking moves to climb into the top five. By the start of lap three, Charlie had already fought his way back into ninth and as the race reached mid-distance he had battled through into sixth.

Eating into the two second advantage held by Struan Moore during the closing laps, Charlie had closed right onto the rear wing of his rival into the final tour and produced an outstanding pass at the final complex to grab fifth and cap a tremendous performance on his single-seater debut. His best lap of the race was just 0.5 seconds shy of the quickest of all.

Giving the Investigo-backed racer a second row start for round two, with grid order decided by the finishing positions of the opening race albeit with the top eight reversed, hopes of a podium battle were largely dashed on the first lap when a robust opening to the race left Charlie down in eighth.

Working his way back into sixth on lap three, the Caterham School pupil had to keep his eyes firmly trained on his mirrors during the closing laps with a lot of pressure being applied from behind and on the penultimate lap he was nudged back to seventh.

Having set the fifth fastest lap of the weekend prior to round three, this gave Charlie fifth on the grid for the final outing. Although slipping to sixth, the Surrey racer ran close in the wheeltracks of round one winner Matt Bell and usurped his older and more experienced rival on the third tour before then taking fourth in his pursuit of a maiden Formula 4 podium – just missing out by 1.5 seconds.

“Race three was definitely our best chance of a podium and if I hadn’t got pushed back at the start then I think we had the pace to do it”, said Charlie, “Overall it’s been a decent start for us, a good foundation to build on during the next rounds at Brands Hatch.”

Charlie will be back in action three weeks from now, over the weekend 18th/19th May, for rounds four, five and six of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. Marking the biggest race meeting of the season for the F4 competitors, the category will run as part of the support card for the visiting DTM ‘German touring cars’ and FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Provisional 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Standings (after Rd3):
5th Charlie Robertson, 48pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Charlie Robertson - Formula 4Rising motor racing star Charlie Robertson delivered a strong account of himself at Snetterton 300 Circuit on Tuesday, 23rd April, by posting the fifth fastest time overall during officially timed BRDC Formula 4 Championship testing – a great boost just days away from the start of the 2013 season.

The 16-year-old, from Whyteleafe in Surrey, is making the move into ‘slicks and wings’ single-seater racing for the first time this year and after a consistently competitive showing in Norfolk yesterday, Charlie is feeling rightly confident ahead of this weekend’s opening three rounds at Silverstone.

“I’m happy with the pace we ran yesterday, we had the full race ballast in the car and we know there’s more to come at the weekend”, said the Investigo-backed youngster, “I made a mistake on my fastest lap, which I was pretty annoyed about, otherwise I think we would have been second or third for the day.”

Lapping seventh fastest during a morning of exploratory work on older Yokohama tyres, the reigning Ginetta Junior Champion posted his quickest time of 1m51.740 seconds (95.65mph) during the afternoon run to move into the top five and end the test as the best of the single-seater newcomers.

After a winter of positive running in his HHC Motorsport-run MSV F4-013 car, Charlie is now relishing the prospect of getting back to actual on-track competition and cannot wait for the first three races of the inaugural BRDC F4 season at Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit this weekend, 27th/28th April.

“We’re really looking forward to Silverstone now, it’ll be very tight if yesterday’s test was anything to go by as the top six were close all day”, said the Scottish teenager, “I’m feeling quite confident and we’re going into the weekend with no pressure at all, it’s a whole new experience for us coming from Ginetta Junior so the main thing is to learn as much as possible in our first year.

“We won’t really know where everyone is until the test on Friday at Silverstone, probably even until qualifying really, but I expect to be up there in the mix though. It’ll be great to be back racing, if we can come away from the weekend with three good points finishes I’ll be happy.”

Having returned to his GCSE studies at Caterham School, Charlie will be back behind the wheel of his Formula 4 car on Friday, 26th April, for general testing at Silverstone. Qualifying and the first round of the season will take place at 10.40 and 14.40 respectively on Saturday, 27th April, with rounds two and three following on Sunday, 28th April, at 11.55 and 15.05.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Charlie Robertson - BTCC Toyota AvensisCharlie Robertson, the reigning Ginetta Junior Champion, had the opportunity to sample Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship machinery for the first time in his racing career at Silverstone on Tuesday, 5th March, with an outing in a Speedworks Motorsport-run Toyota Avensis.

Provided by Ginetta Cars Ltd as part of his prize package for winning the 2012 title, Charlie – who makes the move to single-seaters this year in the new BRDC Formula 4 Championship – thoroughly enjoyed his maiden test at the wheel of a BTCC car, describing the Toyota as a “serious bit of kit.”

Taking place as part of the annual Ginetta ‘Media Day’, the outing was not only the 16-year-old’s debut in a touring car but also his first ever run in a front-wheel drive racing car. Adapting without any troubles at all, the Whyteleafe-based youngster was certainly impressed by the Avensis.

“It was a really good experience and the car didn’t take too long to get used to”, he said, “The main thing for me was the size compared to what I’ve been used to in Ginetta Junior and to the Formula 4 single-seater I’ll be racing this year. It’s definitely a fast car and really good fun to drive.

“Compared to my first run in the F4 car last week, I think the BTCC car has similar power really but it has a lot of torque and is obviously much heavier. It’s a serious bit of kit, that’s for sure, and the run has given me a good insight into front-wheel drive and touring cars. Our focus is on single-seaters but this test has definitely shown me touring cars could be something to consider for the future.”

Charlie added: “I’d definitely love the chance to have another run in a touring car at some point and I must say a massive thank you to Lawrence [Tomlinson – Ginetta Cars Chairman] and all the guys at Speedworks Motorsport for giving me such a fantastic opportunity.”

The MSA Academy racer’s attention now returns to his preparations for the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship season and after a strong initial test outing in his HHC Motorsport-run MSV F4-013 last week, the Investigo-sponsored driver is counting the days until the campaign gets underway.

Officially timed pre-season testing will take place at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk on Tuesday, 23rd April, with Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit hosting the curtain-raiser to the brand new series just a few days later, over the weekend 27th/28th April.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Charlie RobertsonBrands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit hosts the eagerly awaited Ginetta Junior Championship season finale next weekend, 20th/21st October, where Charlie Robertson will be aiming to claim his first car racing title at the tender age of just 15-years-old.

Despite holding a 25-point advantage at the top of the standings, and although there are only two races remaining in the hotly-contested 2012 title battle, the Whyteleafe-based youngster knows he can’t take anything for granted ahead of the visit to his local track.

Charlie has enjoyed a highly successful second season in Ginetta Junior, with a tally of six victories and six further podiums from the 18 races contested so far, but he has also endured more than his share of misfortune.

During the very first race of the season, the HHC Motorsport driver’s bid was dealt a cruel blow when a puncture while leading cost valuable points. At Donington Park, the second event of the year, he was unceremoniously punted out of round four but from there Charlie underlined his true credentials by hitting back in style with an utterly dominant double win at Thruxton.

With the exception of the visit to Oulton Park in June, the Investigo and Ria Capital Markets-backed driver has been on the podium at every circuit since and although he was again the victim of contact at Silverstone last time out he’s going into the championship finale with confidence sky high.

“It’s definitely been a tough season, we’ve had the pace to win from the first round but it’s been one of those years where we’ve had a lot of bad luck with one thing and another”, said the Caterham School pupil, “I’m really looking forward to Brands though, it’s a fantastic track, we’ll have some local support there and I’m feeling really confident we can get the results we need.

“It’s obviously nice to have the extra boost of a good lead in the championship but it could all change in the first race, you never know what can happen. We just need to focus on doing the best we can in qualifying, try to get on the front row to make things that bit easier and then take it from there.”

Charlie heads to Brands Hatch next weekend with a strong past record of success on both the Indy Circuit configuration and the Grand Prix layout. During last year’s event on the full 2.3-mile track, the MSA Academy racer took the third win of his rookie season en-route to becoming Vice-Champion.

Following testing on Friday, 19th October, an additional free practice will be held at 10.20 on Saturday, 20th October, ahead of qualifying at 13.50 and round 19 at 16.45. On Sunday, 21st October, the potentially decisive final round will take place at approximately 12.10 and will be the second of the day’s races to be screened live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD with live streaming at www.itv.com/btcc

Provisional 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship Driver Standings (after Rd18 – inc. drop scores):
1st Charlie Robertson, 453pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Charlie Robertson leading at SilverstoneCharlie Robertson will take a provisional 25-point lead into the final two races of an unpredictable Ginetta Junior Championship season two weeks from now after a bittersweet outing at Silverstone National Circuit over the weekend, 6th/7th October.

Just missing out on his seventh win of the year in round 17 on Saturday by a mere 0.078 seconds, but nonetheless claiming his 12th podium of the campaign, the 15-year-old was then punted out of round 18 on Sunday – thankfully, though, it didn’t have a major impact on his championship lead.

While on overall scores the HHC Motorsport driver’s advantage has been reduced to 23 points, when the category’s ‘drop score’ ruling is applied Charlie’s lead increases by two meaning he will go to Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit a fortnight from now in the box seat.

“Being knocked out of the second race obviously isn’t the way I wanted the weekend to end”, said the Whyteleafe youngster, “The plan was to stay out of trouble, and pick up as many points as we could but there was nothing I could do about what happened – I was just hit from behind under braking and that was it. Luckily, with the race one podium, we’re still leading the championship.”

Charlie started off the weekend perfectly with pole position for both races and he made a great start to round 17 on Saturday afternoon, opening up a substantial lead of two seconds on the first lap and settling in to a comfortable rhythm at the front.

By the start of lap four, the Surrey racer’s lead was almost three seconds but Andrew Watson then began to chip away at Charlie’s advantage. By lap 13, Watson was right behind the HHC driver and went for a move into Becketts which Charlie sensibly chose not to fight – wisely thinking about the championship with title rivals Sennan Fielding and Niall Murray much further back.

On the last lap though, Charlie was right behind Watson and heading into the complex for the final time they were side-by-side. Getting terrific drive out of Luffield and into Woodcote, Charlie almost pipped his rival on the line with a mere 0.078 seconds between them at the flag .

“I got a really good start and I was comfortable for the first half of the race but then I saw Andrew [Watson] starting to catch me and I knew he was quick, he was fast in the testing on Friday and was quick all weekend”, commented the Investigo and Ria Capital Markets-supported racer.

“When he did the move, there was a chance I could have tried to get him back straight away but I just didn’t think it was worth the risk. If I’d done that and made a mistake it would have cost me a lot more than it would have cost him, so I was happy to think of the championship and take second.”

Unfortunately for Charlie, round 18 didn’t follow the planned script. Shuffled back to third on lap one at Becketts, he hit back superbly on the run into Brooklands and moved back into the lead at the exit of Luffield. At that stage all looked well for a potential victory challenge but after running slightly wide at Becketts on lap three, he was bundled back to fifth place.

Then, just three laps later, Charlie’s race was over when contact from Freddie Lee, as he made an error under braking for Becketts, pushed the championship leader off into the gravel trap and a frustrating retirement. Even so, his title ambitions remain on course with only two rounds left.

Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent will host the season finale of the 2012 Ginetta Junior season a fortnight from now on 20th/21st October.

Provisional 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship Driver Standings (after Rd18 – inc. drop scores):
1st Charlie Robertson, 453pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Charlie RobertsonOnly four races now stand between Charlie Robertson and his bid to claim the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship title and ahead of rounds 17 and 18 of the season at Silverstone next weekend, 6th/7th October, the series leader is focusing on maintaining his excellent run of consistency.

With five straight podium finishes from the last five races, including three victories, the 15-year-old has opened-up a 23 point advantage at the top of the driver standings and as the championship fight reaches crunch-time, Charlie knows continuing the recent momentum will be crucial.

“So far, the second half of the season has been really strong for us and we’ve scored a lot of points but it’s still pretty close in the championship and one bad result could change everything”, said the Whyteleafe-based youngster, “I still intend to go out there at Silverstone and try and win both races but the main thing is to keep finishing on the podium and picking-up as many points as we can.”

At Silverstone’s 1.64-mile National Circuit last year, which hosted the final event of the 2011 season, the HHC Motorsport driver enjoyed podium success on his way to securing the Vice-Champion’s spot in the title standings at the tender age of 14.

One year on, the Investigo and Ria Capital Markets-backed youngster has his sights set one place higher and two more podiums next weekend would go a long way to putting him in a strong position ahead of the season finale at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on 20th/21st October.

One important factor going into the final four rounds of the campaign will be the impact of ‘drop scores’ with each driver having to deduct their weakest two results from their final totals. Charlie currently has 28 points to subtract which means his ‘net’ lead is slightly reduced to 17 points.

“Silverstone is going to be so important”, added the Caterham School pupil, “We need to try and maintain the lead we’ve got and if we can increase it then that’ll be even better. I’m sure the championship will go down to the final race of the season and with drop scores as well you’re never sure what’ll happen.

“We know we’ve got a good car and we were competitive at Silverstone last year so I’m feeling confident and really looking forward to it – it’s always one of the biggest race meetings of the year with great crowds. Hopefully we can keep our good momentum going.”

Following officially timed testing on Friday, 5th October, free practice will take place at 10.25 on Saturday, 6th October, with qualifying at 14.45 and round 17 scheduled to start at 17.05. Round 18, which will be screened live on ITV4, in High Definition on ITV4 HD and streamed live online at the www.itv.com/btcc website, will take place on Sunday, 7th October, at 13.45.

2012 Ginetta Junior Championship Driver Standings (after Rd16):
1st Charlie Robertson, 432pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Charlie Robertson - RockinghamGinetta Junior Championship leader Charlie Robertson enhanced his cushion at the top of the driver standings to 23 points at Rockingham over the weekend, 22nd/23rd September, after racing to a pair of second place finishes – boosting his tally of podiums for the year to 11 from 16 races.

Dominating qualifying by taking pole position for both outings, robust action in each encounter meant the 15-year-old was unfortunately prevented from adding to his recent run of wins. He did, though, out-score all of his rivals and also posted a new lap record – bettering his own benchmark – with a time of 1m33.807 seconds (74.45mph).

“Overall it’s been a good weekend, collecting as many points as possible is the aim and we’ve done that”, said the HHC Motorsport driver, “We had the pace to take a win this weekend, so I am a bit disappointed about that, but hopefully we can carry on the momentum of being on the podium at Silverstone and the final round at Brands.”

Beginning the weekend strongly in practice, Whyteleafe-based Charlie was in a league of his own in qualifying and took the top spot on the grid for round 15 by a full 0.4 seconds before adding the round 16 pole position, 0.2 seconds clear of chief rival Sennan Fielding.

Making a good start to Saturday afternoon’s race, the Investigo and Ria Capital Markets-supported racer held the inside line through Turn One of the Rockingham Oval but at Deene he was shuffled down the order to fifth as several drivers cut across the dirt on the inside of the hairpin.

Instantly setting about regaining the lost ground, Charlie took fourth place at Tarzan mid-lap and then piled on the pressure to Harry Woodhead in third. On lap two though, at the exit of Tarzan, contact occurred between Charlie and the recovering Fielding which dropped the HHC racer to sixth.

Reeling off some sensational laps, determined to get back into the podium placings, Charlie was into the top three by lap six and closed down second placed Keith Donegan’s 1.5 second advantage to nothing before passing the Irishman on the penultimate lap. Over the final couple of miles, the series leader closed down Ollie Chadwick but just missed out on the win by a mere 0.3 seconds.

“I got a pretty decent start but I’m not sure what happened at the hairpin – in the driver briefing we were told you couldn’t use four wheels off the track there but some of them did so I ended up back in fifth”, said Charlie, “On lap two I tried to pass [Harry] Woodhead into Tarzan and then Sennan [Fielding] got the cut back behind, but on the exit he ran me out of road and clipped my wheel.

“That put me back to about sixth, so I had to focus on the front and just try and work my way back through. I could see Ollie [Chadwick] ahead so I just pushed as hard as I could. With maybe another couple of laps I could have had the win, congratulations to Ollie though, he drove really well.”

In round 16, the Caterham School pupil maintained the advantage of pole and led until lap three when Fielding launched an attack up the inside at Deene. Charlie, wanting to avoid all contact, didn’t dispute the move but on the exit his car was leant on quite heavily. Even so, he was able to hold second and remained in close company to the finish – again missing the win by only 0.3 seconds.

The MSA Academy driver, who has confirmed he will graduate to single-seater racing in 2013 in the newly announced BRDC Formula 4 Championship, will be back in Ginetta Junior action just a couple of weeks from now at Silverstone National Circuit over the weekend 6th/7th October.

2012 Ginetta Junior Championship Driver Standings (after Rd16):
1st Charlie Robertson, 432pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

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.