GB4 race-winner Gilkes joins F1 Academy

GB4 race-winner Gilkes joins F1 Academy

08 March 2023

Two-time GB4 race-winner Megan Gilkes is the second graduate to confirm her place on this year’s F1 Academy grid.

The Canadian, who took wins at Snetterton and Donington Park last season, as well as a pole position at Silverstone, has joined Rodin Carlin’s line-up alongside fellow GB4 graduate Jess Edgar and W Series convert Abbi Pulling in the all-female category.

Her GB4 campaign was only her second campaign of racing in the UK, having competed in Formula Ford in 2021, and was a race-winner in W Series before that.

Racing with Hillspeed in GB4, she proved a front-runner from the off, and finished sixth overall in the standings and helped her team to the runner-up spot in the teams’ standings.

“I’m thrilled to announce that I will be driving this season for Rodin Carlin in the inaugural F1 Academy series” Gilkes said. “I can't wait to take my learnings from racing in GB4 last season into this exciting new international venture backed by Formula One. The opportunity to join a truly world class team with a fantastic winning record across multiple junior formulae is amazing, and I can't wait to get started.

“I want to thank Rodin Carlin and my sponsors for making this possible, and I will be proudly carrying the Maple Leaf to recognize the support I’ve received from Canada. Between now and the first event, when I’m not engineering at work with Aston Martin F1, I will be doing everything I can to make this coming season my most successful so far.”

Team Principal Stephanie Carlin added, “Megan is a fantastic signing to the team. She is a proven racer on track with race wins to her name and also brings an off-track element that I think will really help the team from a set-up and engineering perspective. She is a true professional and together with Abbi and Jess we have a great combination of strengths and talent within the team that really creates the full package.”