GB4’s National Formula Ford shoot-out winner Colin Queen will graduate to the GB4 Championship with Fortec Motorsport in 2023.

The American, who was selected as the winner following the assessment at Snetterton in October, won a £20,000 prize to put towards a drive in GB4, and has chosen Fortec as he climbs the motorsport ladder. 

Hailing from California, the 17-year-old is the National Formula Ford Triple Crown Champion, thanks to outstanding performances at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington Park, and finished second in the overall 2022 standings, with three race wins and nine additional podiums. Other season highlights included the David Leslie and Jim Walsh Trophies for wins at Knockhill and Silverstone respectively. 

As one of the top-three teenagers in National Formula Ford, he was then invited to take part in the GB4 shoot-out, where he prevailed against two other contenders.

Prior to this season, he’d finished eighth in National Formula Ford in 2021, his first year in cars. 

Queen has been racing for nine seasons, having spent several years in karting before graduating into cars in 2021, where highlights included being selected by the World Karting Association to represent the USA at the 2018 CIK-FIA Academy Trophy in Europe.

He’s now gearing up for a full campaign in GB4, with the aim of progressing up the motorsport ladder towards the top levels of the sport. Queen is Fortec’s first signing for the 2023 GB4 Championship, having won the inaugural championship this year with Nikolas Taylor. 

Career history

National Formula Ford Championship - two wins, nine podiums

National Formula Ford Championship - eighth overall

CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy
Challenge of the Americas - Junior ROK

SKUSA Supernationals - TAG Cadet
SKUSA Pro Tour - TAG Cadet

Los Angeles Kart Club
Mini ROK International Final
SKUSA Pro Tour - TAG Cadet

SKUSA Supernationals - Tag Cadet
SKUSA California ProKart Challenge - Tag Cadet