15-year-old Oliver York has been announced with Fortec Motorsports for the upcoming F4 British Championship in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup. The Surrey born racer becomes the teams first signing of the new season.
York will enter the year with a myriad of karting success behind him. As well as claiming the IAME X30 International Junior kart title, he also enters with the prestigious honour of being the Super One Karting champion.
“I’m very excited to join the F4 British Championship with Fortec Motorsports.” started York. “It’s the world’s most competitive junior single-seater series. This is an incredible opportunity for me to showcase my talent against some of the fastest and most exciting motor racing prospects.”
“It’s the best championship to go into from karting and to begin my single-seater career with Fortec is even more special. The team know what it takes to succeed and they have been brilliant at helping me to understand the car.
“Testing has been going really well. I’m learning every lap and I’m confident we can achieve some brilliant results. I think we can fight for the Ford F4 Challenge Cup and have a shot at the British F4 title if everything goes to plan.”
In the two years the championship has been running, the highest a driver has finished without competing in every round remains Dan Ticktum‘s sixth in 2015. The former Fortec racer was disqualified from two rounds and did not appear at the final, amassing a points total that was only 59% of the eventual champions.
Despite this, providing York appears consistently in all the opening seven rounds, he may choose to sacrifice his potential Challenge Cup crown and prize money in order to pursue the overall title.
After the 6 March tests, he finished as the top Fortec driver, eighth in the overall times. Moreover, he spent much of this mornings wet running inside the top five, proving his ability in all conditions.
He will have his work cut-out though, as he takes over the spot from last years rookie champion, Alex Quinn. The 16-year-old may be back for a second season though, after testing with TRS Arden saw him top the time sheets in testing today with a time of 46.735 seconds.
While all the spaces at the Arden team have been filled, front-running teams Fortec and JHR Developments still have spaces to fill.