With the 2017 season fast approaching, TRS Arden have announced all four drivers for their F4 British Championship campaign. For this year, all drivers have been promoted from the YRDA – Young Racing Driver Academy – with two rookies included in the line-up.
Leading the team for the coming season is Arden regular Ayrton Simmons. The 16-year-old, missed the opening rounds of last year due to being underage, but proved his skills towards the end of the year, where he picked up a second place in the final race.
As a result, Simmons will be a contender for wins and will be expected to lead the Arden title assault during the early part of the year at least.
Simmons himself, said; “I’m extremely excited to sign for Arden for a second year running in British Formula 4, and I’m very grateful for their confidence in my performance.”
Joining him will be another driver missing the start of his first season. Olli Caldwell, who spent the back-end of 2016 racing in the Ginetta Junior Championship, will make his F4 debut on his 15th birthday at Croft on 11 June.
“I’m really excited to be joining Arden for this season’s F4 British Championship. It’s something I have worked hard for over the last few years, having been through the Young Racing Driver Academy since I was 11 years old. I’m ready to take on the F4 Challenge Cup to claim the title.”
Also joining the team will be British F4 newbies Oscar Piastri and Yves Baltas. Both drivers made appearances at the first official F4 test with Piastri fairing significantly better with second overall.
This time put him in front of the experienced Simmons, having already made his racing debut in the Formula 4 UAE Championship. The Australian also has an impressive Karting career behind him, finishing third in the X30 Junior IAME International Final in 2014, before collecting sixth in the CIK-FIA World OK-Junior Championship in Bahrain last year.
Baltas though comes in with no such single-seater credentials behind him, as the American becomes the fifth rookie to be announced this season.
“Arden is a great team, the engineers are fantastic.” said Baltas. “They are helping me to learn everything and how to set the car up to ensure it’s as fast as it can possibly be. As testing has progressed I have felt increasingly comfortable in the car.”