Entry list confirmed for Donington Park Esports opener
Entries for the opening round of the 2022 ROKiT British F4 Esports Championship, which begins at a virtual Donington Park tomorrow [14 October], have been confirmed.
Twelve teams will battle it out for championship honours as Britain’s FIA Formula 4 takes to the sim racing arena this winter, with a share of a £6,000 prize fund, a fully sanctioned Motorsport UK British Esports title, and a hefty pool of prizes provided by the series’ partners up for grabs.
Six events – of which Donington Park is the first – will hosts two races apiece, making for a blockbuster 12-race calendar at the UK’s premier circuits, all using the iRacing IR-04 single seater. A mix of real-world and professional sim racing outfits have entered, with the grid for the season opener now set.
Apex Racing Team, one of the UK’s most successful outfits, will field Peter Berryman and Jamie Fluke, with Luke McKeown and Stanley Deslandes turning out for their affiliated Apex Racing Academy squad.
At Munster Gaming Rugby, Alx Spetz and Josh Lad will get behind the wheel as the team looks to end its first season in sim racing on a high.
The Racing Star talent scouting programme provided both Monica Boulton Ramos and Deagen Fairclough with the opportunity of a lifetime earlier this year, and paid-for seats on the 2023 ROKiT British F4 grid. First, however, the pair will team up for an assault on the esports honours.
TeamSport Century Sim Racing, a partnership between the UK’s largest indoor karting provider and Century, the north-west’s premier sim racing facility, will enter two cars, for Ethan Critchley and Pete Harrod respectively.
Team Fordzilla – Ford’s official esports team – will field cars for Emre Cihan and Oliver Stepanov for the opening round, plus another two in their sister Team Fordzilla Hybrid line-up, with Peyo Peev joined by Dion Gowda, who just this week confirmed he will compete in the real-world championship with Carlin in 2023.
Chris Aoun and James Armstrong are the chosen pair for 2021 ROKiT British F4 champions JHR Developments for Friday’s double-header, with fellow real-world outfit Arden YRDA opting for the services of Ted Bradbury and Kyan Gohill.
Mensah Racing look to be a force to be reckoned with, their chosen drivers Lewis Appiagyei and Carl Chase for this weekend. Likewise Kimura Performance, who will run Ryan Micallef and Matt Caruana with the aim of getting their season off on the front foot.
Prismatic Motorsport’s mission through sim racing is to elevate trans talent within the industry, from racers, to content creators and designers, and to advocate for greater inclusion within esports – and they mean business! They’ll field Mira Schmitt and Azzy Iredale out on track tomorrow night.
“The calibre of the entries certainly reflects the quality of the twelve teams we’ve attracted to the championship, and the action on-track promises to be nothing short of thrilling when we hit a virtual Donington Park tomorrow night,” said Paul Crawford, Esports Manager at Motorsport UK.
Every round of the 2022 ROKiT British F4 Esports Championship will be broadcast live on RaceSpot TV’s YouTube channel, with the stream starting at 19:00 BST.