Dylan Hotchin is the first fully-blown private entry in GB4, with the 18-year-old switching from Ford Fiesta racing to single-seaters, and competing under the Dylan Hotchin Racing banner.
The Lincolnshire resident has been racing since the age of eight, having gone wheel-to-wheel in karting against drivers now competing in FIA F3, British Touring Cars and W Series.
When Hotchin isn’t racing, the single-seater newcomer is an Apprentice Control and Instrument Technician, and together with his father Richard, plans to invite fellow Mechanical and Electrical/Control trainees from workplace apprenticeships and colleges to be part of the team at race weekends, with additional guidance from British Steel senior engineers.
“We’re very excited to be moving Dylan into the world of single-seaters. We’re in no doubt that we’re throwing ourselves in at the deep end, but we’re keen to prove that privateers can give the established teams a run for their money.
“While this is a pivotal moment in Dylan’s career, we’re keen to also give a unique chance to young engineers looking to also break into the sport. Our concept will give them experience of setting the car up to compete with the best, and will teach them new work and life skills that cannot be taught in any workshop. Hopefully this will develop them to become some of the best engineers of the future.
“We’re hoping that with Dylan’s driving and talented up and coming engineers, we can achieve success as the year goes on, which will hopefully open the way for more privateers to mount a credible challenge in the future.”