Jamie Sharp in partnership with the family owned Sharp Motorsport has officially announced his return to the F4 British Championship. The young driver will be hoping to move up the grid this season, having finished the inaugural test at Brands Hatch in fourth last week.
Sharp Motorsport have ambitions of their own, with the outfit hoping to expand to two cars for 2018 with the support of Pure Pace Performance Management, in a move similar to Richardson Racing in previous years.
Last year during his rookie campaign, Sharp recorded seven top ten finishes, resulting in fifteenth overall in the standings. Since then, the team has remained committed to the series, becoming one of the few teams to continue testing over the winter in preparation for the current season.
Jamie Sharp said about the announcement.
“I’m really looking forward to this season. We’ve been working hard over the winter and I’m confident heading into the first race on the back of all the training I have done."
“I feel prepared for a more successful year, but we need to see how the rest of testing goes to get a more accurate picture of how competitive we are. I hope to be running at the front from the very early stages and I’m excited to see how much the team and I progress throughout the year.”
He becomes the seventh name to officially announce plans for British F4 with TRS Arden and Fortec Motorsports the only other teams to confirm drivers.
Team Boss Joe Sharp adding;
“We’ve worked incredibly hard over the winter to give Jamie the best possible chance this year.”
“Jamie’s got new management so 2018 should be a good year for us. We’re doing lots of things differently – we’ve had a year of learning now.”
New sponsors in the form of J Davidson and Kelsa Truck Products will join Sharp Motorsport with their existing supporters; Roydon Group, UK Truck Sale, Universal Bodies, The Vehicle Wrapping Centre in Leeds staying on board.
British F4 confirmed entries so far
|Double R Racing||Kiern Jewiss|
|Double R Racing||Paavo Tonteri|
|Double R Racing||Sebastian Alvarez|
|Fortec Motorsports||Hampus Ericsson|
|Fortec Motorsports||Johnathan Hoggard|
|Fortec Motorsports||Lucca Allen|
|JHR Developments||Ayrton Simmons|
|JHR Developments||Manuel Sulaimán|
|JHR Developments||Josh Skelton|
|Sharp Motorsport||Jamie Sharp|
|TRS Arden Junior||Dennis Hauger|
|TRS Arden Junior||Jack Doohan|
|TRS Arden Junior||Seb Priaulx|
15-year-old Luca Allen will make a return to the F4 British Championship in 2018 after a part-campaign last year. The Irish driver was too young at the start of 2017, but made the most of the final five rounds last year to build experience.
This season, he moves from Falcon Motorsport to the more established Fortec Motorsports. Allen will hope the move can coincide with an upturn in results after failing to score in any of his appearances last season.
Prior to his British debut, he had raced nationally, picking up the 2015 Irish Race of Champions' Trophy a year after securing the National Irish Karting Championship.
Last year, Fortec ran up to four different drivers, with Oliver York, their most successful, picking up two overall wins and seven further podiums on his way to sixth in the standings, while Hampus Ericsson secured the Ford F4 Challenge Cup in the final race.
Lucca Allen said: "It’s a great honour to drive for one of the top teams in British F4. My tests with Fortec last year went really well and I am very grateful for them taking me on and for giving me this opportunity to drive in a car that is capable of taking the championship. I’m really excited for this season!”
Fortec’s F4 team manager Oliver Dutton also commented; “We are very excited to have Lucca join the Fortec family and race in red, white and black livery for the 2018 [British F4] Championship. Lucca impressed during winter testing, showing us he had the pace and determination to fight at the front of the pack.
“Lucca absorbs all knowledge thrown at him and is able to translate it onto the track. I have great belief that Lucca will continue to improve and develop and I look forward to watching him have a successful campaign with us this year.”