Sim Racing Champion Gets A Seat In Real-World British F4

The virtual competition held using the RaceRoom platform last year culminated in a face-to-face final, held at the NCME University of Bolton using Racing Unleashed simulators. The prize was the opportunity to train, test and have the chance to compete for a full season.

Since the victory in May 2022, Fairclough then competed in the British F4 Esports competition later in the year using the iRacing platform.

He will now take part in the full British F4 season, driving for JHR Developments. The team had seven race wins last season thanks to Joseph Loake and Georgi Dimitrov.

The final of the 2022 ROKiT Racing Star F4 esports competition was held in Bolton

The final of the 2022 ROKiT Racing Star F4 esports competition was held in Bolton

Photo by: Thomas Harrison-Lord

“I am over the moon to finally be able to race in British F4 with JHR and ROKiT,” said Fairclough. “This is the most incredible award of my life that the ROKiT Racing Star competition has given me. I look forward to making Jonathan, ROKiT, JHR and Racing Star proud.

“I have a lot to learn because I have never raced a car like this before as I am coming from a closed front wheel drive Fiesta so progression and consistency will be key.”

“I’m hoping to get some good results and look forward to a huge year ahead in this prestigious series which begins on my birthday weekend. What a birthday it is going to be!”

The Crawley-based 16-year-old has previous racing experience in both the BRSCC Ford Fiesta Junior Championship and Junior Saloon Car Championship alongside his sim racing exploits.

“Deagen was a very worthy winner of the inaugural ROKiT Racing Stars program we created to find the next generation of motorsport talent in a pioneering way, providing the opportunity for young drivers who might not otherwise be able to break into top-level motorsport. said Jonathan Kendrick, president and co-founder of the ROKiT group of companies.

“Climbing this ladder to Formula 1 in this way is something that hasn’t been done before. It was difficult for Deagen to win this opportunity and it will be a difficult year for him with a lot of learning ahead of him, but I have every confidence in him.”

The British F4 Championship season kicks off at Donington Park on April 22, with 10 rounds and 30 races held throughout the year as part of the British Touring Car Championship support package.


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