Sid Smith makes the switch from tin tops to single-seaters in 2023, and the Essex-based youngster cannot wait to get going in GB4 with Fox Motorsport.
Having already raced with the team in Ginetta Juniors, the reigning BRSCC Ford Fiesta Junior champion admits that racing a single-seater fulfills an ambition he’s harboured for a long time.
“I believe driving a single-seater massively improves driver ability and it has been my dream to drive one. I saw that GB4 was the fastest and most affordable championship for me in the UK and it made perfect sense to go to the championship and show what I can do.”
Coming into the series with a car racing title under his belt gives Smith plenty of belief that he can replicate his success with the change in discipline.
“Obviously I will give it my all to be at the front and believe I can do so, so I will be aiming to gain multiple wins throughout the season and hopefully go for the championship.”
He admits however, that there’s plenty to go through as he switches from Ford Fiestas to GB4.
“I think the biggest challenge for me will be getting used to driving a car with slicks and downforce, something I am not used to. But hopefully I can jump this hurdle throughout testing and get off to a strong start for the first round.”
Smith isn’t the only member of his family who races; his father Rob won the Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Am category in 2017. Sid therefore has plenty of experience and advice to count on.
“As my dad has been through the racing ladder already, he knows what’s best for me and I believe this has helped me massively so far and inspired me also.”
Sid is aiming to follow in his father’s footsteps, with eyes on a top-line sports car career.
“My aim in motorsport is being able to be paid to race cars at the highest levels of GT racing and continue doing what I love for as long as I can. I believe GB4 will teach me everything I need to know about achieving on the limit lap times as you are so in touch with the car in GB4.”