The British F4 championship is looking for two young gamers to fill fully funded seats in 2023. Funded by the series’ new title partner, The ROKiT Racing Star eracing scheme will select 32 participants aged either 14 or 15 years old, with the fastest laps qualifying for five rounds of online sim racing in RaceRoom.
A final shootout in the state-of-the-art simulators at the University of Bolton next spring will determine which two drivers – one boy and one girl – will be awarded fully-funded seats in British F4 for the 2023 season with the FIA Racing Star team, underpinned by Hitech GP.
The winners will also get 25 days of testing and six months of training and development alongside the Motorsport UK Academy, the governing body’s elite performance pathway, to aid their attainment of the necessary race licence and build a foundation on which to progress as athletes in competition.
The scheme is intended to not only provide a platform on which rising stars can thrive, but also to actively put a framework in place to unearth talents who might otherwise have missed out on a chance to forge a career in the sport.
Follow in the footsteps of legends
Spearheading the programme is Bob Fernley, head of the FIA single-seater commission and formerly deputy team principal at Force India. He said, “Talent detection programmes are commonplace in sport, generally, but in motorsport, this really is a ground-breaking opportunity for two stars of the future to make an impact in a virtual environment, then have the framework and support to translate their abilities into real-world competition alongside a renowned resource such as the Motorsport UK Academy.”
Jonathan Kendrick, chairman and co-founder of the ROKiT group of companies said that the F4 British Championship has historically been the launchpad for many world-famous drivers and that this scheme has, “The main aim of encouraging and developing the next generation of young motor racing talent, both boys and girls, and giving the best of them clear opportunities to progress further and rapidly in the sport.
“Through ROKiT Racing Stars and being title partner of the British F4, ROKiT will be involved in the recruitment, development and progress of new talent in motorsports. We plan to keep a close eye on the progress of these young drivers as they follow in the footsteps of legends.”