After claiming the 2016 F4 British Championship‘s rookie title, Alex Quinn returns to the series, moving to the TRS Arden team. Arden had filled all four of their seats, but with Olli Caldwell unable to compete until the half way point of the season on 11 June, due to being underage, an opportunity arose for the 16-year-old.
Quinn was almost untouchable during his campaign last year. He claimed 16 of the 30 rookie wins, finishing on the podium in all but four races. He’ll step up to the main class for the coming season and will be determined to head a title fight.
While Arden cannot promise him a seat past the fourth round, Quinn could be a tactical pawn come Croft, with seats still available elsewhere.
“The aim is to make the best start I can at Brands Hatch to show people what I can do straight away in qualifying and the opening races.” stated Quinn
He’ll be in strong competition until then though, with Yves Baltas, fellow Brit Ayrton Simmons and Oscar Piastri, who topped the final test session, as team-mates.
“I’ve been quick at all the tracks we’ve tested at. We are in a very good place. The potential in the team is huge, especially with great drivers like Ayrton, Oscar, Yves and Olli. We’re all working together so well. I think it will be an excellent year.”
“TRS Arden is such a good team and it’s extremely well run,” continued Quinn. “They knew I had the speed before I jumped in the car at testing. We’ve been on the same page from the outset and I’ve been working really well with my engineer Clément Dumont whose work is exceptional.
“It was a brilliant feeling to be quickest at Brands Hatch and then quickest in the morning session at Snetterton; especially given the limited time I’ve had with the team and car in 2017 compared to a lot of other drivers.”
Arden will hope to utilise the former Racing Steps Foundation member to boost their championship assault on Carlin who have won the teams crown for the past two years.
Harry Webb Joins Richardson Racing
After extensive testing with the team pre-season, Harry Webb has announced a campaign with Richardson Racing. The Norfolk racer becomes the teams first announcement of the year ahead of the first round at Brands Hatch Indy this weekend.
“Of course it won’t be easy because I’m still learning about the car and will have to learn some of the circuits, but I’m not planning to just make up the numbers and I want to run towards the front of the field.” said Webb.
“The more races I do and the more experience I gain, the easier that should be and there is no doubt that I’m aiming to try to win races before the season is done.”