Hillspeed announces plans for two-car entry in GB4 Championship

Hillspeed announces plans for two-car entry in GB4 Championship

09 September 2021

Multiple title-winning motor racing team Hillspeed has confirmed it will enter the newly announced GB4 Championship in 2022 – creating a seamless ladder of progression for drivers through GB4 and into the squad’s successful GB3 Championship team.

Officially unveiled by GB3 organisers MotorSport Vision (MSV) earlier this week, the exciting new GB4 Championship has been created as a cost-effective route into single-seater racing for young drivers who are making the step-up from karting or club-level car racing.

Markham Vale-based Hillspeed, which has been part of GB3 and – under its previous titles – BRDC British Formula 3 and BRDC Formula 4 since 2013, will field a two-car entry in the maiden season of GB4 next year and is now welcoming driver enquiries ahead of taking delivery of its Tatuus F4-T014 cars.

Designed as a prime feeder category for GB3, the new GB4 category is set to run at the same British GT Championship events as the more senior championship with plans in place for a 21-race season across seven meetings. Official test days are also set to be shared between GB4 and GB3. Season budgets are expected to range somewhere between £120,000 and £150,000.

Utilising the established Tatuus F4-T014 chassis in GB4, which has been racing incredibly successfully over the last few years in Italian F4, Spanish F4 and the ADAC Formula 4 series in Germany, the car will be powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine which produces 160bhp.

Announcing Hillspeed’s participation in GB4, team principal Richard Ollerenshaw said: “This really is a fantastic announcement by MSV, it demonstrates – once again – Jonathan Palmer and Giles Butterfield clearly understand the industry and the needs of young drivers. GB4 focuses on providing incredible value for money and an opportunity for drivers to follow their single-seater dream.

“Due to the increasing costs of FIA F4, many talented young drivers may have been directed towards closed-wheel racing without realising their potential in single-seaters, GB4 changes all of that and Hillspeed is delighted to be today confirming our support of, and participation in, GB4 next year with a two-car entry.”

Ollerenshaw added: “This also means we will offer a seamless ladder of progression in-house at Hillspeed, through GB4 and into GB3, with all of the experience we have gained in over 50 years within motorsport. This will be the perfect environment in which drivers can benefit from the Hillspeed Driver Development Programme, an absolute cornerstone of our operations.

“I’m also delighted to announce Hillspeed’s GB4 drivers will receive a complimentary test in one of our GB3 cars at the end of the 2022 season and the highest placed Hillspeed driver in GB4 next year will also receive a financial support package to help graduate into GB3 with the team. Jonathan [Palmer] and Giles [Butterfield] deserve a huge amount of credit for creating another superb, cost-effective championship which I know will deliver outstanding racing and the stars of the future.”

MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer commented: “I’m delighted that Hillspeed has elected to join our new GB4 Championship. Richard Ollerenshaw and his father Morgan have enormous experience running young drivers and understand the importance of providing exceptional value for them, knowing many have tight budgets. The team has a proven track record with a superb alumni list, and I’m thrilled that their expansion plans include branching out into GB4. They will be a very competitive option for drivers in both GB3 and GB4 in 2022.”

For more details regarding Hillspeed’s GB4 Championship programme, and to find out more about race seats and testing for 2022, please contact Richard Ollerenshaw on +44 (0) 7966 650400 or by email to richard@hillspeed.co.uk.