Arden Motorsport heads to Snetterton, Norfolk this weekend (12-13 June) aiming to continue a silverware-laden streak in British Formula 4.
The Banbury-based team made a solid start to their 2021 campaign at the high-speed Thruxton circuit a month ago, including a debut podium for Zak Taylor after a superb defensive drive, along with a maiden Rookie Cup victory for Thomas Ikin.
Snetterton also marks the team’s return to a three-car outfit with the addition of US racer David Morales, who switches to the UK’s version of F4 from the equivalent series in North and Central America.
The tight, technical nature of the 3.00-mile Norfolk circuit means qualifying could prove crucial to a strong weekend, but the Wilson Hairpin and Bentley Straight both offer a clear overtaking opportunity.
It’s been a happy hunting ground for the Red Arrows in years gone by, including a double victory for now-Formula 2 racer Oscar Piastri back in 2017, a victory apiece for Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan the following season and, more recently, Tommy Foster’s maiden Formula 4 victory in 2019.
That all-important qualifying session kicks off proceedings on Saturday at 09:05, ahead of the first two races at 13:25 and 17:20.
Sunday features one more 20-minute, action-packed contest, broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK at 12:15.
Gary Ward, Arden British F4 Team Manager said:
“After a positive start to the season at Thruxton last month, the whole team are looking forward to building on that progress at Snetterton this time out.
“Both Zak and Thomas performed very well, but Snetterton is a very different kind of circuit and I’m sure it’ll throw up its own unique challenges, but we’re confident they’ll rise to it.
“It’s also great to welcome David to the team for his first weekend in the series, and I’m sure all three drivers will build a good working relationship very quickly to help our continued push towards the front of the grid.”
Thomas Ikin (#10) said:
“It’s been a long month since Thruxton, but it’s given me plenty of time to reset and then prepare with the team for this weekend at Snetterton.
“Getting some solid points and my first Rookie Cup win at Thruxton was very pleasing, but the objective now is to build on that and keep moving forwards.
“It’s a very different circuit to Thruxton, but it’ll be good to have two practice sessions before qualifying to really get up to speed and settled in before the serious stuff starts.
“Hopefully we can bring back another good set of results.”
David Morales (#77) said:
“I’m really looking forward to my first weekend in British Formula 4, and with Arden Motorsport, this weekend at Snetterton.
“Obviously I’m joining the series one round in, but having two established team-mates in Zak and Thomas, plus my car knowledge and the support the team have given me, should really straighten out the learning curve.
“I’m not setting myself any specific objectives for the weekend, but of course I’ll be looking to give it my all and see where we get to.”
Zak Taylor (#99) said:
“It was good to start the season off with a podium. The team and I had worked hard over the off-season and it was great to see the results of that instantly.
“Snetterton will be a bit more relaxed compared to Thruxton, particularly not having to go straight into qualifying, which gives us a chance on Friday to dial back in and get back to work, which is very helpful due to my lack of dry running at Snetterton.
“I’m looking forward to the weekend and the aim is to build on the podium last time out. It’ll be really rewarding, particularly with the fans back at the circuit.”