BRDC Formula 4 Championship team SWR is thrilled to today, Wednesday, 4th March, confirm exciting British teenager Jordan Albert will remain with the squad for his second full season in the ultra-competitive category.
Focused on a sustained title bid from the outset, the 18-year-old from Silverstone is determined to be in contention for the coveted crown, the £35,000 champion’s cash purse and prize GP3 Series test in, what will be, only his third year of competitive motorsport at any level.
During last November’s eight-race BRDC F4 Winter Championship, Albert achieved five podiums for SWR on his way to fourth in the standings. In the main 2014 championship, he just missed out on a top 10 finish in the title race but achieved his maiden podium during round 21 at Donington Park.
As part of his pre-season schedule of preparations, Albert was entered by SWR into the final event of the 2014/2015 MRF Challenge series in India at the end of January. Providing vital track time ahead of the start of the BRDC F4 campaign, the youngster took a best finish of fourth position.
“We’re all absolutely delighted Jordan has re-signed with SWR for the new season, he improved markedly last year and with a bit more in the way of good fortune he would undoubtedly have had more podiums and finished inside the series top 10”, said Sean Walkinshaw, SWR team owner.
“He’s definitely going to start the year as a genuine contender for the championship, the speed is there and his racecraft is improving all of the time. 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 – that was always the plan.”
With no previous karting experience, Albert made his motor racing bow in the 2013 Formula Ford 1600 Championship with additional outings in the Formula Ford Festival, BRSCC Mazda MX-5 and endurance-based Fun Cup – becoming a podium finisher in the latter two. Making the leap into BRDC F4 last year with SWR, Albert made rapid progress from the mid-season point onward.
“It’s good to be back with SWR this year to race in BRDC F4 once again”, said Albert, “I was pleased with my progress last year, however, I felt that my results didn't show my true pace. It's fair to say, though, it was a good year for me.
“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.”
Oulton Park International Circuit will host the opening three rounds of the 2015 BRDC Formula 4 Championship season over Easter weekend, 4th/5th/6th April, where the category will co-headline with the British GT Championship.