Arden Motorsport is aiming for a return to the podium in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Knockhill, Fife this weekend (14-15 August).
The Banbury-based team make the journey north to the 1.2-mile Scottish venue having scored another solid haul of points at Oulton Park last time out, including more silverware for Thomas Ikin.
With Ikin absent this weekend, responsibility to continue the team’s push in the Teams Cup will fall to Zak Taylor and David Morales.
Taylor has impressed on his graduation to single seaters this campaign, including a victory and three podium finishes from his first four meetings, whilst US rising star Morales continues to rise through the field, despite having less mileage in the car than the competition.
Knockhill’s undulating, challenging layout will test both drivers to the limit, on a circuit where overtaking is possible, but not without risk.
Having successfully navigated two days of pre-event testing, the team’s first competitive action will come in the form of qualifying at 10:55 on Saturday, with the opening race to follow at 16:10.
Sunday features another double header at 10:15 and 15:55, the latter screened live on ITV4 in the UK.
Gary Ward, Arden F4 Team Manager said:
“It’s always a challenging event at Knockhill, but after two really positive days of testing, we’re feeling optimistic about what the weekend holds.
“Zak was quickest on Tuesday and up there again today; his pace, combined with circuit knowledge from Ginettas should prove useful, and David continues to improve every time he gets in the car.
“The objective is to be fighting up at the front, and to head back to base with another haul of points come Sunday evening.”
David Morales (#77) said:
“Knockhill is a really cool circuit to drive, it’s very enjoyable as a driver. There’s a lot to contend with, but each lap is a really fantastic experience, and I’m definitely getting quicker with each session in the car.
“I’ve had a few rounds to adjust to the series now, and the progress is definitely there, so the aim for this weekend is to keep putting everything together, and those first points will definitely come.”
Zak Taylor (#99) said:
““I’m really looking forward to racing at Knockhill this weekend. It’s a circuit I really enjoyed last year in Ginettas, and we’ve been quick in testing earlier this week, so there’s a lot of reason to be confident.
“Oulton Park didn’t go as planned, but the important thing in those situations is to process it quickly, take the lessons from it and then apply them. I’ve been working with the team through that process, so I’m feeling very motivated now to go out and get some of those points back.
“If we can be a bit higher up in qualifying, that’ll put us in a good position for the races. I can’t wait to get going.”