Omar Ismail will return to the BRDC Formula 4 Championship in 2016 and race with title-winning team HHC Motorsport, it has been confirmed today (8 January).
The 16-year-old stepped up to single-seaters in 2015 and impressed in his maiden BRDC F4 campaign despite missing the first two rounds of the year because he was too young to compete. Ismail, who hails from Solihull, took a lights-to-flag victory at Snetterton in just his fourth F4 race and added a runner-up finish on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch on his way to ninth in the overall standings.
Prior to his graduation to car racing, Ismail competed in karts and achieved strong results at both regional and national level. He primarily raced in the Rotax category, finishing third in the 2012 Shenington and Whilton Mill Kart Club championships in Junior Max. He also took part in the Rotax Euro Challenge in 2013 and participated in selected Super One rounds in both 2013 and 2014.
Ismail said: “I am glad to be competing in my first full season in the BRDC F4 championship with last year’s title-winning team, HHC Motorsport. After a strong half-season in 2015, the team, my coach Kieren Clark and I are confident that we will be able to race at the very front throughout, with the main objective for myself and the team being to win as many races as possible.
“HHC Motorsport is a very strong team and in recent testing I have worked very well with them developing both the new car and myself significantly in preparation for a very exciting season, with BRDC Formula 4 taking a big step forward with the new-and-improved car and calendar.”
Charlie Kemp, HHC Motorsport’s Commercial Director, commented: “Omar is a very talented young racer, as was evidenced by his strong performances in his rookie BRDC F4 year in 2015, and we are thrilled to confirm him alongside Sisa Ngebulana in our driver line-up for 2016. As he has already shown, Omar has race-winning pedigree and we are confident that we can help him develop further and enjoy even more success in BRDC F4.”
The 2016 BRDC Formula 4 Championship consists of 24 races across eight meetings, with the season getting underway at Snetterton in Norfolk on March 27/28.