Walkinshaw Racing are the final team to confirm their entry into the now sold-out BRDC Formula 4 Championship for 2013.
Founded by the late Tom Walkinshaw, the outfit has competed in BTCC, world sportscar racing and Formula 1 in the past and currently runs two teams in the Australian V8 Supercar series.
Their Formula 4 squad will be run by Ken Page, who has been involved with the team since 1979, and Mick Gomme, who has F1 experience with Jordan Grand Prix and Force India, while they have also recruited respected Formula Two engineer Brendan Gribben.
“We’re absolutely delighted to re-launch Walkinshaw Racing as a team in the UK again,” said Team Principal Ken Page. “It’s something we have been considering for a while and we feel the time is right to add 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.”
Walkinshaw Racing’s addition to the championship mean the series has now sold all of its 24 cars for its inaugural season, less than a month after applications was made.
“The fact that our full grid of 24 cars has been sold in just one month is an outstanding success story in a challenging economic climate. It is also clear proof that the concept of our BRDC Formula 4 Championship is exactly what competitors have wanted for many years,” said Jonathan Palmer, Formula 4 Series Director.
BRDC President Derek Warwick added: “It confirms the confidence that the BRDC has in this new and exciting championship that all 24 cars have been confirmed in less than a month. Hopefully it has given young drivers the affordable and ideal platform to show their skills, which may not have been possible without the introduction of F4.”