Arden Motorsport heads to Brands Hatch, Kent this weekend (26-27 June) looking to maintain a steady run of form in the F4 British Championship.
The Red Arrows have made a solid start to the new campaign in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series, with overall and Rookie silverware at both Thruxton and Snetterton last time out.
Despite a tough qualifying session, both Thomas Ikin and Zak Taylor responded in fine style, the highlight a double podium for the team in the second race of the weekend.
Starting up front, Ikin put up a stern defensive drive to maintain second, whilst a bold move to the inside of Riches in the final minutes promoted Taylor to the final spot on the podium.
That also meant a second Rookie Cup victory of Ikin’s fledgling single seater career, with the pair no doubt looking to build on that showing at the 1.2-mile Indy circuit in Kent this time out.
Taylor arrives a solid fifth outright in the points, with Ikin on the verge of breaking into the top ten, whilst Arden also has everything to play for in the Teams Cup, the Banbury-based outfit currently third and looking to close in on the competition ahead.
David Morales made a promising start to life in the series in Norfolk, including a run up front in that middle race before damage hampered his run to a solid points-scoring finish.
The US racer acquitted himself well in a highly competitive field with far more track time, so Brands Hatch this weekend represents another important step as he looks to keep building towards the front.
Following a pair of practice sessions on Friday (12:05 & 16:45), the competitive action kicks off with qualifying at 10:55 on Saturday, ahead of the opening race at 15:50.
Sunday features another double header at 10:00 and 13:50, the latter broadcast live on ITV3 in the UK.
Gary Ward, Arden British F4 Team Manager said:
“Everything’s in place for our British F4 team to enjoy another strong weekend at Brands Hatch this time out. All three drivers have been hard at work in the last fortnight to build on our results last time out at Snetterton.
“The strength in depth of competition this year is remarkable, so it’s a real challenge just to be running up front. It’s always been a good circuit for us, so here’s hoping we can keep our recent run going and celebrate a few more podium finishes.”
Thomas Ikin (#10) said:
“I’m excited to get back to racing at Brands Hatch this weekend. It’s good to be able to strike whilst the iron is hot, and after a really positive weekend at Snetterton last time out, there’s plenty of momentum for us to use to our advantage.
“On such a short circuit, qualifying is going to be as important as it’s ever been so far this season, so making the most of practice on Friday will be critical. We’ve also had some good mileage here during the winter months, but obviously the conditions will be a little different, hopefully warmer, this time around!
“A big thanks to the team for all their hard work and support in helping my develop over the last month. We’re definitely making good progress, so the aim is to keep that up this weekend and see where we get to.”
David Morales (#77) said:
“I’m feeling very motivated and keen to get back out on track at Brands Hatch this weekend. It’s a very challenging circuit, but it’s a lot of fun to drive and it’s a real test.
“Snetterton was a positive start to my time in British F4. The results weren’t quite there, but our pace was really strong considering the other drivers all have far more knowledge of the circuits, and time in the car.
“I’m looking forward to building on that progress this weekend, and we’ll see what we can do.”
Zak Taylor (#99) said:
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend at Brands Hatch. After two really solid rounds to kick off the season, my confidence is only growing, and the results are definitely starting to come in.
“It’s not a circuit with lots of overtaking opportunities, generally, so qualifying is going to be a really important session to set the tone for the weekend. I’ve always enjoyed it around here, and we went well in testing, so that’s really our first objective.
“After that, we’ve shown already this season we can go wheel-to-wheel and make up positions, so everything is definitely there for it to be another good haul of points.”