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Having been a virtual ever-present in the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship, Chris Dittmann Racing and its namesake Team Principal Chris Dittmann, are well placed to offer a view on the progress the series has made. He has seen BRDC F4 become the premier single-seater series in the UK in just two years and believes it will go from strength to strength in the season ahead.
Dittmann himself is a racer, having competed in the Ginetta G50 Cup Championship and claimed MSVR’s inaugural F3 Cup in 2012. This experience, and his education as a mechanical engineer, has helped the team develop into a strong and reliable outfit capable of producing great results. With two drivers already confirmed and a potential third driver in the pipeline, Chris Dittmann Racing is ready for its largest assault on the BRDC F4 Championship in 2015.
What are your goals for the season ahead?
At the end of the day we are a race team and we have one goal; to win. We don’t turn up and race just to make the numbers up. With the two drivers we have signed so far in Omar Ismail and Tom Jackson, I think we should have a very strong year. We are looking at a third driver but whoever is in the car, our aim is to be at the front.
What do you look for in a driver?
Ideally you want someone that is up-and-coming and wants to make it as a professional racing driver. Budget is one of the most important things though and the great thing about BRDC F4 is that it is very cost-effective compared to other series. As a team, we have a lot of experience helping young karters graduate to single-seaters but we can also help older drivers as BRDC F4 is a fantastic learning ground for anyone.
Having competed in the series from the first season, what changes have you seen?
It has been a strong championship from the start and the car has been good. There has been a number of upgrades which have continued to improve things. With Pirelli coming in, the car is getting quicker and overall, the championship continues to get stronger with tougher competition, wider media coverage and I fully expect this year to be even better than the last two.
How much knowledge do you think you can gain about the new Pirelli tyres ahead of the season opener at Oulton Park?
It won’t take us long to be up to speed with them as they are black and round at the end of the day. We have the engineers and the driver coaches going through all the data and we are getting valuable feedback from the drivers. We have done some good testing with them already and before the first race I am sure we will be up to speed with them.
How has pre-season testing been going for your team so far?
It has been going really well so far. We have done a few shakedown tests but the weather has been slightly against us. The MSVR Media Day was really good and we got some decent running with the new Pirelli tyre, which has led to some very good lap times. It is all looking quite positive.
What prestige does the new title sponsorship with Duo add to the series?
To have them involved with the championship is fantastic. They have obviously seen how strong the series is, and the level of TV exposure provided, and noted just how much they can benefit from that. It is really fantastic


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