Chris Dittmann Racing is excited to confirm that it will expand into the revamped British F4 Championship for the 2022 season.
The Tewkesbury-based team, established as one of the leading single-seater racing operations in the UK, is among the first to have placed orders for the new Tatuus-Abarth T-421 chassis-engine combination that the series will adopt next year. Therefore, the team will be one of the first to receive the new machinery, in time for a comprehensive winter testing programme.
As multiple championship winners, CDR has a proven track record in single-seater racing across the last decade and beyond, having won races in every category it has contested. The team’s proven driver development programme is also well placed to benefit aspiring competitors as they graduate from karting into British F4, and then potentially into CDR’s race-winning GB3 Championship squad. Drivers will also have access to the team’s in-house simulator facilities, allowing them to sample any circuit and learn every detail before taking to the track for real.
An impressive alumni list of drivers also confirms the team’s pedigree, with recent graduates Cian Carey and Josh Skelton being snapped up by European Le Mans squads in the last year, Skelton winning the recent Le Mans Cup race at Spa-Francorchamps. Ayrton Simmons meanwhile has become one of the most successful drivers in BRDC British F3 history with the team, and has recently been signed up to race in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Simmons is also a former Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Award finalist, and is in the running for this year’s prize too, while other former CDR drivers are plying their trade in EuroFormula Open and W Series.
CDR’s entry into British F4 means that the team will benefit from the added exposure of the TOCA package, racing alongside the British Touring Car Championship in front of tens of thousands of spectators at each event, while also receiving live coverage on ITV4 across the UK. CDR last competed on the TOCA package in 2011, when it secured multiple podium finishes in the Ginetta G50 Cup.
British F4’s adoption of the new Tatuus-Abarth combination will bring the series in line with other leading F4 categories across the continent, and continue its reputation as a key proving ground for young talent, with names including Lando Norris, Dan Ticktum and IndyCar ace Colton Herta among the previous graduates from the series.
Team Principal Chris Dittmann said: “This is a major milestone in the history of CDR, as we expand our operation to include both of Britain’s leading single-seater categories.
“This is the perfect time for us to be joining British F4, our experience and proven track record means we will get to grips with the new technical package very quickly.
“We’ve become one of the leading single-seater teams in the UK, but for us to progress further, we needed to expand our interests, and British F4 gives us that opportunity. It will allow us to work with younger drivers on a very high profile package, and also gives us the chance to build a ladder of progression within our own team.
“We have vast experience of working with Tatuus chassis, and know we can get up to speed very quickly. Having won races in every category we’ve competed in, we expect to do just the same in F4.”
Chris Dittmann Racing now invites enquiries from prospective drivers. For more information, call Team Principal Chris Dittmann on +44 (0) 7811 180157 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Further team information can be found at www.chrisdittmannracing.co.uk.