F2 team Virtuosi, the latest new team to enter British F4
The introduction of the second generation FIA F4 car, featuring the halo cockpit guard, for 2022 was the catalyst for British motorsport governing body Motorsport UK to assess the future direction of the championship.
In addition to switching to the popular Tatuus-Abarth chassis / engine combination, he decided to take the series organization in-house and away from the former RacingLine promoter.
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Virtuosi – who has raced under various names and appearances over the past few decades, including Operation Russian Time in GP2 – decided that with all the changes to the series, now is the time to expand into the category, with two cars.
The team will field Guanyu Zhou in F2 this season, which currently sits second in the standings, and Virtuosi is third in team points, having been a finalist for the past two years.
“The team’s decision to develop into another championship takes years. The FIA Motorsport Scale, “a statement from the team read.
“The upcoming British F4 redesign offers the perfect time to join, with a number of key changes planned to level the playing field, alongside a fleet of high-caliber teams that we believe will make it happen. the first championship of its level in Europe. “
Earlier this month, Hitech GP announced it will join the British F4, while the GB3 and F3 Cup team Chris Dittmann Racing will branch out and field drivers in the series.
“We have been looking at the British F4 for some time as something we could develop into,” said team boss Chris Dittmann.
“We are doing very well in GB3, but you have drivers who are actually with their teams from before. [in British F4].
“We knew a new car was coming for next year and we discussed the decision with Motorsport UK and are considering following it. It seemed like the right time.”
Meanwhile, Motorsport UK also recently launched a bidding process for a club administrator to help it ‘co-promote’ the category – a major change from its initial approach of taking over all elements of the organization of F4.
Key areas where Motorsport UK seeks input from the ‘local organizer’ include providing officials for the Championship – such as a permanent race director – and the governing body also wants candidates for the post to describe the organizational infrastructure they may offer as well as security and protection policies and details of any marketing and promotion they may offer.
The British Racing and Sports Car Club has acted as a club administrator since the launch of British F4 in 2015 – its partnership with RacingLine dating back to the days of British Formula Ford – and the club has welcomed the launch of the call for ‘offers.
“This is an interesting and constructive development for British Formula 4,” said Peter Daly, President of BRSCC. “We are now evaluating our response to the call for tenders.”