BRDC Formula 4 team Hillspeed have announced that they will be offering a test drive in the 2016 F4 car for the winner of this years Henry Surtees Challenge. The winner will also get a seat fitting and one-to-one driver coaching from the teams Derbyshire base.
The Henry Surtees Challenge is an annual event, in which young kart drivers compete to prove their challenge in front of a large crowd with the chance of winning the Henry ‘H’ Trophy. Hillspeed hope the prospect of a BRDC F4 drive will entice more young talents to compete for the potential race seat.
The event is run by the Henry Surtees Foundation, an organisation that currently helps support an number of regional Air Ambulance Groups as well as local bike and blood organisations.
“We’re huge supporters of the Henry Surtees Challenge and the incredible work of the Henry Surtees Foundation and very proud to confirm our continued backing of the event with a prize test in one of our new BRDC F4 cars”, said Richard Ollerenshaw, team manager. “John and his team do wonderful work in raising funds for, and giving support to, vital charities and emergency services such as the Air Ambulance.”
“It really is an exceptional prize for one of the participants in this year’s Henry Surtees Challenge kart race and we’re very much looking forward to working with whoever wins the test. It goes without saying too, everyone at Hillspeed wishes John and everyone at HSF huge success with the event.”
Former Motorcycle and Formula One World Champion, John Surtees OBE, set up the foundation after his son Henry’s premature death in a Formula 2 race. 2015 marks the fifth year of the event.
Surtees said: “Richard and the team at Hillspeed have enthusiastically supported this event from its concept. The team does not only bring the fantastic opportunity of testing the new BRDC F4 car, but also that vital wealth of experience which is so necessary to have behind you when you are in the early stages of your career. Thank you Hillspeed.”
The event will take place on the 7 October, at Buckmore Park, participants must be 15 or over.