Albert signs up for BRDC F4 Championship

The Strakka Dome S103 is set to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship this season
The Strakka Dome S103 is set to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship this season

Silverstone’s Jordan Albert has signed with the SWR team for this year’s BRDC F4 Championship.

The 18-year-old contested the BRDC F4 Championship last season, and with a full season of competition in the stepping-stone to F1 category under his belt, he has decided to remain in the category for 2015.

Following a solid 2014 championship season, Albert has his eyes firmly fixed on the £35,000 champion’s cash prize that also earns the winner the chance to test a GP3 car.

The SWR team believe Albert will be a driver to watch this year in the BRDC F4 series that starts at Oulton Park in April, especially after strong showings in the BRDC F4 Winter Series, where he scored five podium finishes on his way to finishing fourth overall in the standings.

The youngster said: “It’s good to be back with SWR this year to race in BRDC F4 once again.

“I was pleased with my progress last year, however I felt that my results didn’t show my true pace. It was a good year for me, and this year I have the experience I need to win the championship.

“The team and I have an amazing relationship and I know we are going to do great things. I’ve been working unbelievably hard over the winter so I feel more ready than ever.”

Sean Walkinshaw of SWR added: “We are all absolutely delighted Jordan has re-signed with SWR for the new season. He’s definitely going to start the year as a genuine contender for the championship.

“We saw the big steps he made towards the end of last season and in the Winter Championship too, so we’re actually feeling pretty confident and really looking forward to working with Jordan again.”

Meanwhile, Marc Gene has been in action this week with fellow members of the Nissan World Endurance Championship team at the Sebring track in Florida as he helps the Japanese manufacturer’s development of their 2015 Le Mans 24-Hours car.

The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo is still undergoing early development tests, but with the FIA World Endurance Championship set to kick-off at Silverstone next month, the on-going development of the front-engined machine is stepping up a gear.

Gene, a former student at the University of Buckingham, said this week: “We are making progress as we head towards the start of the season. Developing a new car is never easy, it can cause many headaches but also be very rewarding.

“This is an exciting time for everyone involved with this project, and we have the start of the season at Silverstone in April, and the prologue test at Paul Ricard later this month, very much in focus.

“It has been interesting to see the Audi in action. I have driven for the team during the last three years and I know that they have a great determination to win. For sure, they are going to be very tough competitors for us this year - especially at Le Mans.”

Whittlebury’s Strakka Racing have been adding further miles to the development of their Dome S103-Nissan by undertaking tests at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain.

The team failed to race their LMP2 prototype car during 2014 due to technical difficulties, but significant updates to the machine have been made for 2015 and the team are set to compete with the car for the first time at Silverstone next month.

Strakka team boss and driver Nick Leventis said: “It was great to be out in the car again. The car ran extremely well, and we are really happy with how it has developed in recent months.

“Aragon is a demanding circuit and perfect for learning about a new car. We are really looking forward to racing it for the first time at Silverstone.

“It will be great to drive it in our home race for the British fans to see.”

Leventis will be joined in the Strakka Racing line-up by Jonny Kane and Thornborough’s Danny Watts.