Arden Motorsport heads to Scotland’s Knockhill circuit this weekend [14-15 September] eager to continue its silverware streak in the F4 British Championship.
The Banbury-based outfit has now expanded its effort with a four car line-up as Scottish racer Abbie Munro will compete at her home round and see out the remainder of the 2019 British F4 campaign.
As the latest Young Racing Driver’s Academy (YRDA) graduate to join the series, karting ace Munro will use the triple header of races to gain experience alongside new team-mates Bart Horsten, Tommy Foster and Alex Connor.
Horsten, who currently sits a strong fifth in the championship standings, endured a tough Thruxton round but bounced back in the final race to narrowly miss out on the podium. The Australian is eager to make amends at his favourite circuit on the calendar this weekend.
Cornish racer Foster maintained momentum after his maiden victory at Snetterton to secure another podium when the series returned to Thruxton, and will be hoping for more of the same in Scotland.
Rookie Alex Connor consolidated a strong second position in the Rookie Cup at the high-speed Hampshire circuit, and heads to Knockhill optimistic and excited to race at the thrilling Fife circuit.
Competitive action this weekend gets underway with an all-important qualifying session at 10:55 followed by the opening contest that afternoon at 15:45.
A double header of races follows on Sunday, at 10:15 and 15:35, in front of a capacity trackside crowd, with all the action live on ITV4’s free-to-air television coverage for those at home.
Arden British F4 Team Manager, Gary Ward:
“We’re really excited for this weekend at Knockhill, we went well in testing there so are looking forward to going there again.
“All the drivers enjoy the circuit, Bart was really quick there. Tommy and Alex absolutely loved it – they thought it was like a go-kart track, so we’re optimistic heading back.
“It’ll be great for Abbie to make her British F4 debut on home soil and learn lots from the experience of the other drivers.
“Like everyone Arden, we’re still deeply saddened about the tragic events of Spa, and will be racing for Anthoine again at Knockhill.”
Abbie Munro (#12) said:
“I’m very excited to be joining the British F4 grid with Arden, starting at Knockhill.
“I’m really grateful to Garry Horner, the organisers, my family and sponsors for giving me this wonderful opportunity and I intend to make the most of it.
“Making my F4 debut at the home of Scottish motorsport in front of a home crowd is a dream come true for me. Then to race at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, which I recently visited to watch the final round of W Series, means I will have the opportunity to race at three of the most iconic tracks in the UK.
“Thanks to Arden and the Young Racing Driver Academy my preparation could not have been better and I’m hoping to use the last three rounds of the 2019 season as a springboard to achieving my target of securing a place on the grid for a full season campaign in 2020.”
Alex Connor (#27) said:
“It’s only my first season in British F4 but I’m slowly making improvements and just chipping away at it.
“I’m really excited to race at Knockhill because it reminds me of a big go-kart track! It’s a really fun track to drive because of the elevation changes and the unpredictability of the weather.
“I think it’ll be a good weekend, we’ve done some testing up there so I’m optimistic of some great results.”
Bart Horsten (#50) said:
“We had a difficult weekend at Thruxton, but I’m excited to go to Knockhill. It’s my favourite track – I love it.
“I’m really looking forward to going back especially after going so well there in testing.”
Tommy Foster (#53) said:
“We’ve managed to carry some great momentum after the summer break, with a win and a podium, so we’re just hoping for more of the same for the rest of the season.
“We’ve had a couple of days testing at Knockhill, it’s definitely our most scenic track. I’m not really sure what to expect the racing to be like, but I’m sure it’ll be exciting!
“I’m feeling comfortable with the car now, we’ve got huge pace. We just need it all to fall into place now, which we should be able to do.”