The inaugural GB4 season provided dozens of thrilling races as Britain’s newest single-seater category put on a real show in 2022.
Multiple drivers took race wins, and while Nikolas Taylor was a clear champion, there were plenty of other talking points across the season.
Here’s just some of them.
Most wins: Nikolas Taylor – 9
Talk about an impressive first season of racing… Eventual champion Nikolas Taylor proved he was a threat right from the start as he won the first ever GB4 race at Snetterton, and then didn’t look back from there. Two more wins came soon after at Silverstone, his fourth came at Donington Park, and the fifth during the second visit to Snetterton. But it was the return to Silverstone that was most impressive at Taylor claimed a hat-trick, despite not starting any of the races from pole! His ninth victory at Brands Hatch put him within touching distance of the title. Jarrod Waberski was next up with four wins, while Alex Walker took three.
Most podiums: Nikolas Taylor & Jarrod Waberski – 14
Taylor and Waberski proved to be the quickest drivers of the season, with both contenders taking 14 podiums across the season. In the end, it was Taylor’s superior win rate which proved the key difference, while Max Marzorati’s 10 podium finishes were the basis for his prolonged championship charge, which saw him enter the final day of the season still in contention.
Most laps led: Nikolas Taylor – 89
Nine race wins means it’s no surprise that Taylor leads the laps led charts, with just under 90 laps at the front of the field during the year. That’s almost double the tally of Waberski, who led 45 in his first season of racing in the UK, while Walker led 35 laps on the way to his three wins.
Most pole positions: Nikolas Taylor – 9
No contest with this one either! Taylor proved dominant in qualifying as he earned nine pole positions, three times more than any other driver. Walker took three during his half season in the championship, while Megan Gilkes was able to show her speed with two poles. Taylor’s tally earned him the George Russell Pole Position Cup.
Biggest pole position margin – 0.291s, Nikolas Taylor v Jarrod Waberski at Brands Hatch
Taylor headed to Brands Hatch GP with a chance of taking the title, and his superb qualifying showing did no harm at all. Nearly three tenths of a second ahead of the opposition, with Waberski joining him on the front row. Taylor took pole with similar margins at Snetterton (0.285s) and at the same circuit later in the year (0.251s). On the flip side, the closest margin came during the first Donington Park visit in May as Taylor pipped Megan Gilkes by just 0.012s!
Biggest winning margin – 10.360s, Nikolas Taylor v Max Marzorati at Silverstone
The British Grand Prix venue produced some of the most sensational UK single-seater action seen in years, with slipstream battles aplenty. Yet it also produced the biggest winning margin of the season, as eventual champion Taylor claimed victory over 10 seconds clear of Max Marzorati, who at the time, was his closest championship rival. Taylor started the race seventh, yet was in the lead by the end of the first lap, while Marzorati went from 10th on the grid to second.
Smallest winning margin – 0.152s, Tom Mills v Jack Sherwood at Brands Hatch
He’d been a podium regular, but up until Brands Hatch in September, a breakthrough victory had eluded Tom Mills. An absolute thriller of a first race saw multiple lead changes, a sprinkle of rain and as Taylor crashed out of the lead, Mills took advantage. A brilliant couple of passes on successive corners through the Grand Prix section saw him claim the lead, and he held on to finally claim that first win by just 0.152 seconds!
Most points in a race weekend – Nikolas Taylor, 96
With three wins in a single weekend, of course this goes to Taylor! His first two wins at Silverstone netted 35 points each, and when he went from seventh to first in the final encounter, another 26 meant he scored a total of 96 from the three races, edging him ever closer to the championship crown.
Most fastest laps – Nikolas Taylor, 10
The Anglo-Malaysian youngster tops this chart too, with double the amount of fastest laps compared to his rivals. In all, Taylor claimed 10 fastest laps across the season, with Elite’s Jack Sherwood next up with five, ahead of Megan Gilkes with three. Taylor really was swift in 2022!
Most points gained across all reverse grid races – Nikolas Taylor, 37
We couldn’t end this list without another Taylor reference! Starting on pole so regularly comes with the flip side of starting at, or towards the back, in the final race of each weekend. That proved a useful exercise in race craft for the champion, who earned an additional 37 points for places gained in the eight reverse grid races this year. With the pressure off thanks to claiming the title earlier in the day, Taylor’s biggest gain came in the final race of the season, as he went from 11th on the grid to the podium, ending his season in style!