BRDC Formula 4 Championship
|Constructors||Ralph Firman Racing|
|Engine suppliers||Ford Duratec|
|Drivers' champion||George Russell|
The BRDC Formula 4 Championship is a single seater motorsport series based in the United Kingdom. The championship is designed as a low-cost entrance to car racing, and is aimed at young racing drivers moving up from Karting. There are two separate championships run each season; the main championship and a shorter winter series.
The series was originally operated by the 750 Motor Club along the Formula Vee series as an entry level single seater formula for young drivers. In September 2012, it was announced that the "Formula 4" name would be passed onto MotorSport Vision (MSV) and the British Racing Drivers' Club to create a new Formula 4 Championship. The championship features a mix of professional motor racing teams and privately funded drivers using identical 2.0-litre cars built by Ralph Firman's RFR company. Starting from the 2015 winter series the championship will switch to FIA Formula 4 regulations, using a chassis produced by Tatuus.
British driver Jake Hughes was the first champion of the series in 2013, driving for Lanan Racing. The championship top three of Hughes, vice-champion Seb Morris and Charlie Robertson were all finalists in that year's McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
In 2014, George Russell was crowned champion following a dramatic victory in the season finale at Snetterton. Russell beat out his Lanan Racing teammate Arjun Maini by just three points and went on to win the 2014 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award later in the year.
BRDC Formula 4 Car
|Constructor||Ralph Firman Racing|
|Transmission||Sadev ST75LW 6-speed sequential|
|Suspension||Double wishbone Pushrod|
|Brakes||AP Racing 4-piston calipers|
|Front track||1596 mm|
|Rear track||1494 mm|
The MSV F4-013 cars have been built to a single specification by RFR, the company headed by Ralph Firman, who founded the legendary Van Diemen operation. The car is designed to embrace contemporary technology to provide optimum safety and affordability, and features an advanced spaceframe chassis compliant with the latest FIA Article 277 safety standards.
These include FIA approved carbon fibre front and rear impact structures, Diolen anti-intrusion side panels, cockpit head surround protection and wheel tethers.
The F4 cars also feature front and rear wings and run on 8” front and 10” rear wheels, with tyres supplied by Pirelli.
The power unit has been selected to provide a relatively high level of power with excellent power and torque, reliability and performance consistency.
The 2.0 litre Duratec engine produces 185 bhp and uses a Cosworth engine management system.
The gearbox is more sophisticated than any previous car at an equivalent level, being a six-speed Sadev transmission incorporating paddleshift. Cosworth also supply the gearbox control system.
Sales of the new car have been very strong, with 23 cars ordered within the first few weeks of the announcement.
Current points system
Points are awarded to all finishing drivers in each race, except the reverse grid race two, using the following system:
|Driver's Championship points system.|
Operating under 750 Motor Club
All champions were British-registered.
|Season||Champion||Class A2||Class B||Class C||Class D||Class E|
|2006||Chris Lewis||Chris Vinall||Peter Monk||Paul Rider||Malcolm Scott|
|2007||Steve Savage||Chris Kite||Clive Yorath||Stuart Wright||Jennifer Scott|
|2008||Jeremy Walker||Clive Yorath||Oliver Sirrell|
|2009||Jonathan Weston-Taylor ||Will Thompson
(As Revelation Series)
|Charles Adrian||Paul Presgraves|
|2010||Malcolm Scott||David Woodsworth-Dale||Clive Yorath||Paul Presgraves||John Whitbourn|
|2011||Oliver Sirrell||Charles Adrian||Ashley Dibden||Scott Moakes|
BRDC Formula 4 Championship
|Season||Champion||Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup||Winter Series Champion||The Who Zooms Award|
|2013||Jake Hughes||Jake Hughes||Matthew Graham||Malgosia Rdest|
|2014||George Russell||George Russell||Will Palmer||not awarded|
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