Everything you need to know about the 2023 British F4 Esports Championship

Ross McGregor
We take you through the main talking points of the 2023 British F4 Esports Championship ahead of its first round on Wednesday 27th of September.
British F4 Esports, iRacing, Motorsport UK, Silverstone

What is the British F4 Esports Championship? 

The British F4 Esports Championship is organised by the official governing body of UK motorsport, Motorsport UK, complementing the real-world ROKIT F4 British Championship certified by FIA series.

The championship features top class virtual racing talent – with additional real-world motorsport input – all racing around the finest tracks in Britain in identical open-wheel cars.

Which platform is the British F4 Esports Championships on? 

The British F4 Esports Championship uses iRacing, with competitors driving identical FIA F4 single-seaters. iRacing versions of Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Oulton Park, Knockhill and Donington Park will form all eight rounds of the series’ calendar.

World Sim Racing has come onboard for 2023 to act as championship administrator, with Maranello-based simulator producer Wave Italy signing up as an official partner.

British F4 Esports, iRacing, Motorsport UK, Silverstone

Which teams and drivers are taking part in the British F4 Esports championship? 

Already confirmed to take part in 2023 are the esports branches of the Williams and Aston Martin Formula 1 teams, but the quality has moved up a gear for season two with the likes of Dörr Esports and GUILD Racing – part of the Guild Esports family part-owned by David Beckham – joining the grid.

2022 champion Luke McKeown returns with his Stormforce Racing ART outfit alongside Peter Berryman, with Screen to Speed winner Saoirse Fitzpatrick taking a seat alongside Rachel Konkoly in the Prismatic Motorsports entry . 

Real-world F4 British Championship certified by FIA outfit JHR Developments will also be on the grid, running its JHR by 29 Esports squad for former Praga Cup UK champion (alongside YouTuber Jimmy Broadbent) Gordie Mutch and professional esports racer Stanley Deslandes. 

Runaway BTCC championship leader Ash Sutton’s Puresims Esports squad is also on the grid, supplying two cars for Harley Haughton and Alexander Davidson, while Williams Esports returns with Moreno Sirica and Josh Lad.

British F4 Esports, iRacing, Motorsport UK, Silverstone

Where can I watch the British F4 Esports races live? 

Every British F4 Esports Championship races will be broadcast live on RaceSpot TV’s YouTube channel or on Traxion’s very own channel.

It all starts on 27th September 2023 at 7.15 pm BST / 8.15 pm CEST / 11.15 am PDT / 2.15 pm EDT.

Each round will feature two 20-minute Formula 4 races, plus a supporting 15-minute UK FF1600 Esports Cup race.

Does the British F4 Esports Championship have a feeder category? 

Yes, the UK FF1600 Esports Cup acts as a support category to the British F4 Esports Championship and is made up of 26 drivers who all qualified via a time trial at Oulton Park using iRacing’s Ray FF1600 car. 

Racers are also required to hold a valid Motorsport UK Esports membership (currently £24.99 per year), complementing the introduction of the organisation’s new Esports Hub.

The UK FF1600 Esports Cup races will form part of the main British F4 Esports broadcast. The entry list is pictured below.

British F4 Esports series, Motorsport UK, iRacing

What is the prize for winning the British F4 Esports Championship? 

Base Performance Simulators, a simulator manufacturer and driver coaching centre based in Banbury, is set to offer the top three teams in the championship a full day in its bespoke single-seater simulator.

Headed by three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner Darren Turner, Base Performance Simulators will help the three lucky teams develop and improve their driving skills alongside a fully qualified race engineer.

Drivers and teams are also fighting for a share of an £8,500 prize pool, with £3,000 and £1,000 available to the first place team and driver respectively.

The winning team will also receive four hospitality tickets for a ROKiT British F4 2024 round of their choice, with the winning driver enjoying the prestige of winning an officially-recognised British Championship. The winner will also be eligible to attend Motorsport UK’s annual Night of Champions event.

For more information, please visit the official British F4 Esports Championship and the UK FF1600 Cup websites.

British F4 Esports, iRacing, Motorsport UK, Silverstone

Team prize pool split

  • 1st = £3,000
  • 2nd = £2,000
  • 3rd = £1,500

Driver prize pool split

  • 1st = £1,000
  • 2nd = £750
  • 3rd = £250

2023 British F4 Esports teams and drivers

Altus EsportsTed Bradbury53
Aaron Vazquez44
SimRace Sweden eSportsIsak Arvidsson13
Tobias Olsson9
Azz Tech RacingDaniel Parrans-Smith12
Álvaro Marinero59
JHR by 29 eSportsGordie Mutch29
Stanley Deslandes77
Dörr EsportsLucas Müller232
Ben Hitz6
GUILD RacingBrandon Abraham25
Remy Gilbert52
Tamas Simon57
Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Esports TeamManuel Biancolilla14
Duncan Hofland26
FreeM UKJames Armstrong47
Josh Poulain33
Puresims EsportsHarley Haughton20
Alexander Davidson55
Williams EsportsJosh Lad2
Moreno Sirica69
Kimura RacingMatt J Caruana16
Ryan Micallef71
Stormforce Racing ARTPeter Berryman50
Luke McKeown1
Mensah RacingCarl Chase91
Daniel Cebula27
Prismatic MotorsportsSaoirse Fitzpatrick7
Rachel Konkoly51

British F4 Esports 2023 calendar 

  • Media Day, Silverstone National, 20th September 
  • Round 1, Brands Hatch Indy, 27th September 
  • Round 2, Donington National, 4th October 
  • Round 3, Snetterton 300, 11th October 
  • Round 4, Oulton Park International, 25th October 
  • Round 5, Silverstone GP, 8th November 
  • Round 6, Knockhill, 15th November 
  • Round 7, Donington GP, 22nd November 
  • Round 8, Brands Hatch GP, 29th November 

Images courtesy of Motorsport UK Esports

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