The BRDC Formula 4 Championship will welcome a new name when it takes to the track at Silverstone at the end of the month. That name comes from a merger of two returning teams to make a two car entry for 2014. Motionsport and Team KBS have confirmed that they will be known as KBS Motionsport, at least initially, for this year.
With the two teams united they can now lay claim to four BRDC F4 race wins thanks to 2013 drivers Ross Gunn and James Fletcher.
Team KBS was founded after Kelvin Burt split with Mark Godwin of MGR Motorsport in mid-2012. The team first hit the track publicly at the Silverstone F4 curtain raiser running James Fletcher and American racer Falco Wauer. Burt can also claim championships in British F3 and British GT along with race wins in the 1994 BTCC season.
Burt has also served as test driver for F1 teams Arrows and Jordan.
Motionsport is headed by Simon Phillips who set up the team in 2010. Championship success in the Britcar Production GTN Championship in 2011 remains their crowning glory though the team have also had luck in international endurance racing. Motionsport have run cars in the 24 Hours of Barcelona, 24 Hours of Dubai and 12 Hours of Bathurst. Ross Gunn was their distinguished driver of 2013, having scored three race wins including a double victory at Oulton Park.
Phillips was enthusiastic when he spoke to the series today saying, “It makes massive amounts of commercial and competitive sense to join our Formula 4 efforts with KBS. Kelvin has obviously got bags of experience and knowledge in this field both as a team manager and also as a driver coach. As a larger team we’re able to have some pretty interesting commercial talks that will add benefits as we move forwards”
Kelvin Burt added: “It’s important to us to build a competitive team and continue to seek out the best possible drivers. F4 is shaping up to be extremely fierce this year and with our combined skills on and off the track we should be well placed to get to the front”
KBS Motionsport are currently seeking drivers for their two car effort in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship for 2014. It is believed that the spare chassis from each team from last year have already found new homes.