Having made his debut into single seaters last season, Omar Ismail moves to the title-winning HHC Motorsport team for a full season in BRDC Formula 4. Ismail finished last season in ninth overall, having been the highest placed driver to have not competed at every round.
In light of the announcement, Ismail said: “I am glad to be competing in my first full season in the BRDC F4 championship with last year’s title-winning team, HHC Motorsport. After a strong half-season in 2015, the team, my coach Kieren Clark and I are confident that we will be able to race at the very front throughout, with the main objective for myself and the team being to win as many races as possible.
“HHC Motorsport is a very strong team and in recent testing I have worked very well with them developing both the new car and myself significantly in preparation for a very exciting season.”
Charlie Kemp, HHC Motorsport’s Commercial Director, commented: “Omar is a very talented young racer, as was evidenced by his strong performances in his rookie BRDC F4 year in 2015, and we are thrilled to confirm him alongside Sisa Ngebulana in our driver line-up for 2016. As he has already shown, Omar has race-winning pedigree and we are confident that we can help him develop further and enjoy even more success in BRDC F4.”
After competing primarily in the Rotax category, the 16 year old has seen success in the national level of karting while his BRDC F4 debut was delayed last year as he was too young to make the step up at the start of the year.
Following an average first race in Silverstone, Ismail shocked pundits with his pace in only his second round at Snetterton, regularly finishing in the top four of practice. Having taken pole, the young driver went on to take a lights to flag victory in front of the Norfolk crowd.
While he would be unable to collect any further wins throughout the season, Ismail’s consistency and outright pace on a clear track will be a strong warning to his fellow competitors. South African Sisa Ngebulana has already been announced as his team mate.