Silverstone youngster, Jordan Albert, has confirmed he will race in the 2014 BRDC F4 Championship, with support from ex-BTCC racer Eugene O’Brien’s Team O’BR operation.
Albert will use the car which was raced to victory three times by Matt Bell in 2013, and makes the move to F4 after securing a place in the Formula Ford Festival final at Brands Hatch last year, racing a Kent powered Van Diemen.
The 17-year-old competed in selected rounds of the Formula Ford 1600 National Championship in 2013, placing 14th overall with a best finish of seventh at Brands Hatch in August, having raced in eight of the 14 races.
He also raced in selected rounds of the Fun Cup Endurance series, securing two podium finishes with Team O’BR at Anglesey and coming close to a race win there only to be denied by a late mechanical issue. Jordan also set a new lap record despite it being his first visit to the track.
Further to this, Albert took part in two races of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship at Brands Hatch, with a best result of second place.
The move to F4 with Team O’BR, also based in Silverstone, continues a fruitful relationship for both parties, with O’Brien working closely with the youngster throughout 2013.
Ahead of the F4 Championship that starts in April, Albert said: “I am very excited to be competing in the 2014 BRDC F4 championship with Team O’BR.
“Living near Silverstone circuit means I’ve always followed motorsport and particularly F1, so it’s a dream come true to be able to race a single seater racing car and on circuits like the full Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone!
“It will be my first full season in cars so it will be a steep learning curve for me but having followed the championship closely last year, I was encouraged to see that drivers new to cars were able to get on the pace very quickly and take strong results.
“I have been working with Team O’BR for a year now and I have created a very good relationship with them and my driver coach Eugene O’Brien has helped me improve my driving skills in many different cars, 2014 is going to be a very competitive year and I cannot wait until the first race at Silverstone.”
Eugene O’Brien added: “Jordan came to me 12 months ago through Neil Riddiford of iZone, who spoke very highly of him. I was immediately impressed with his raw ability, which belied his very limited karting background.
“His attitude and rate of development have been outstanding. Clearly moving up to the F4 championship is a big step for Jordan, as well as for Team O’BR. We’ll be up against some excellent teams and drivers in 2014 but one of the key benefits of the F4 series is that it’s a controlled budget and a level playing field, creating the perfect environment for a driver to prove how good he really is.”
For more information on the BRDC F4 championship, including details on participating teams and remaining drives available for 2014, visit www.formula4.com.