Motorsport UK’s officially sanctioned British F4 Esports Championship is returning this year, with top real-world and esports teams queuing up to participate in the extended eight-round series.
Running between September and November, the 2023 British F4 Esports Championship aims to build on last year’s inaugural series, with Williams Esports and Stormforce Racing ART returning, the latter helping Luke McKeown seal the 2022 Drivers Championship.
In terms of new blood, the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Esports Team has signed up for 2023, adding extra racing provenance to the grid, with a larger prize pool and Championship partners still to be announced.
As in 2022, the British F4 Esports Championship will use iRacing’s Formula iR-04 – rebranded as the ‘FIA F4’ after official patronage from the FIA – as its spec car, with likely visits to Oulton Park, Snetterton, Donington Park, Knockhill, Brands Hatch and Silverstone throughout the season, with all races set to be broadcast live.
For more information, please visit the British F4 Esports Championship website.
New British F4 Esports Championship support series in the works
In line with the return of the British F4 Esports Championship, Motorsport UK has also announced it is developing plans to establish a feeder series using iRacing’s FF1600 car.
The Ray FF1600 is based on the popular Formula Ford 1600 single-seater class, a mainstay of grassroots British motorsport since 1967. It perfectly balances affordability with performance and has helped shape the careers of British F1 World Champions like Jenson Button and Nigel Mansell.
Motorsport UK hopes the feeder series will provide a talent pathway for ‘non-pro’ sim racers, with races featuring as part of the main British F4 Esports broadcast.
The feeder series competition – named the UK FF1600 Esports Cup – will be open to anyone with an iRacing subscription, pending a pre-championship qualification session. 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.
For more details and to keep up to date on future UK FF1600 Esports Cup and the British F4 Esports Championship announcements, please visit Motorsport UK’s Discord channel.
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