Arden Motorsport head to Croft Circuit, Yorkshire this weekend (18-19 September) with an expanded line-up in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.
Georgi Dimitrov will join Zak Taylor and David Morales in the Banbury-based team’s highly motivated line-up of rising stars, with the trio pushing for another silverware haul at the 2.1-mile Yorkshire circuit.
The ‘Red Arrows’ have enjoyed a strong run of form in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series this season, including victory and a further three podiums for Taylor, along with Morales’ maiden podium in the category last time out at Thruxton.
Dimitrov joins the team as a proven race-winner at this level, having made his first trip to the winner’s circle in the series at Snetterton in June.
The British-Bulgarian racer will prove to be a valuable addition to Garry Horner’s outfit, not least in an ultra-competitive Teams Cup battle, with just twelve races of the current campaign left to run.
Following a pair of pre-event test sessions on Friday (09:55 & 14:05), the team’s first competitive action will come in the form of qualifying at 10:25 on Saturday.
The opening two races follow later that afternoon at 14:15 and 17:50, with a further, ITV4-televised race screened live on Sunday at 13:50.
Garry Horner, Arden Team Principal said:
“Everybody at Arden Motorsport is pleased to formally welcome Georgi to the team.
“His season to-date has shown plenty of promise, but there’s been some inconsistency in results, which has been frustrating for him. With our noted driver development programme, I’m sure we’ll be able to help him reach his full potential going forward.
“Croft has been a good hunting ground for the team in the past, so I look forward to monitoring his and the rest of the team’s progress this weekend.”
Gary Ward, Arden British F4 Team Manager said:
“The entire team has plenty of reason to be optimistic heading to Croft this weekend, so there’s a very positive atmosphere in the factory at the moment.
“For Zak, it offers a chance to bounce back from a frustrating Thruxton weekend, and he’s been working hard in the intervening weeks to make that a reality.
“David secured his first podium last time out, so the momentum from that result will hopefully carry over to this weekend and help him continue to develop, and of course for Georgi, the switch to the team offers a fresh start in this series.
“All being well, we’re in a very good position to continue our recent form and add some more silverware to the cabinet back in Banbury.”
Georgi Dimitrov (#23) said:
“I am extremely excited to be joining Arden Motorsport for the remainder of the British F4 season.
“Together, I believe that we can achieve incredible results, and I just can’t wait to get started at Croft this weekend. Given the team’s results in previous years, I know they will do everything possible to reach the end goal, which has definitely given me a confidence boost.
“My main goal is to have fun, and end what has been a rather disappointing season so far on a high note with this fantastic team.”
David Morales (#77) said:
“Scoring my first podium finish in British F4 at Thruxton was a huge confidence booster for me, so I’m really looking to capitalise on that momentum and aim for more of the same at Croft this weekend.
“The team has a good car for this circuit, and plenty of decent results in the past, so we’re starting from a good baseline. If we can make the most of testing on Friday and qualify well, there’s every opportunity for us to keep pushing in the right direction.
“I’m looking forward to it!”
Zak Taylor (#99) said:
“I’m looking forward to getting back out in the car this weekend at Croft; it’s important for me to get back out there and claw the lost points back after a run of unlucky races and non-finishes.
“I’d also like to say a big thanks to the team, and to my parents, for making sure I’m back out for this round. It’s good to know I have everybody’s support around me to make sure I can get back out racing, especially after having to source a new car in such a short space of time.”