Oldfield Motorsport eyeing GB4 as new opportunity to climb ranks

Oldfield Motorsport eyeing GB4 as new opportunity to climb ranks

30 December 2021

Oldfield Motorsport are aiming to graduate to slicks and wings racing in the GB4 Championship partnered by the BRDC in 2022, with the new series offering James Oldfield’s squad the first opportunity to move up the ladder.

Oldfield has vast experience with a variety of single-seaters up to GP3 level, but has long had ambitions to expand his successful Formula Ford effort, which has triumphed at the Formula Ford Festival and taken numerous championship wins.

“GB4 is the first series that’s come along in the UK since MSV’s original BRDC F4, that has been given genuine potential for my team to step up into,” he comments.

“GB3 is the end target for us, but GB4 gives me a second step on the ladder as a team owner, and gives genuine career progression for drivers wanting to do the single-seater route. It was a no nonsense decision to compete in from my point, I wanted to jump in as soon as it came along.”

With a well-established reputation in single-seater racing already, the team has already commenced talks with potential drivers.

“Since the announcement was put out a few weeks ago, we’ve started talking to one particular driver with regards to being the first in our line-up for next season, and we’ve had three or four enquiries from people looking to step forward.”

Oldfield is also looking forward to going up against some of the best-known teams in single-seater.

“We’re up against teams like Fortec, Arden and JHR, however I don’t underestimate my own abilities, commitment and dedication to wanting to get the same results and wanting to win. We will work with our drivers to ensure I offer them the best opportunities.”

With experience across Europe and the USA, Oldfield is looking forward to applying his knowledge to the GB4 Tatuus F4-T014 machinery.

“I’ve worked on the F4 cars in the past, so I know my way round them, how to run them and I know how to run a team around them.

“I’ve run British F4, British F3, EuroFormula cars, Formula Renaults, GP3 cars, and when it comes to one make series there’s only one window where cars operate the best in. All you’ve got to do is find that with good drivers, good data engineers and race car engineers, so that’s what I’ll be looking at the most.

“I don’t expect it to be a walk in the park from my side or anyone’s, as I don’t think any of these teams will have run these cars in this specification in the UK before. Obviously they’ve run in German, Spanish, Italian and in the UAE as a spec F4 car which is different to the British F4 car and different to what’s been run in GB3 for the last few years. There are aspects where we can carry some stuff over but it’s not something that I’m going to underestimate. But I’m confident that we’ll end up on the right track.”