Podium Finish for ex-student

Podium finishes for Teddy Wilson on F4 USA debut

Sixteen-year-old South Luffenham racing driver Teddy Wilson surpassed expectations with two podium finishes on his debut in a recording-breaking 37-car grid in the Formula 4 United States Championship last weekend.

Drivers from 12 States and 10 countries took part in the opening round of the Honda-powered championship at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). The field included 15 returning drivers and 22 rookies.

“It was a really positive start to my first season both in single seaters and racing in America,” explained Teddy. “I went into the first round not knowing our potential and I was very happy to come away with a second and third at my maiden race meeting since moving from karts to cars.”

Teddy’s lack of experience didn’t prevent him from making an instant impression. He was a pace setter in Friday’s practice sessions and he then proved unbeatable in Saturday morning qualifying, securing pole position for Race 1. However, his jubilation was short-lived when he was penalised after scrutineering due to a minor technical error with the car and found himself demoted to the back of the grid.

In race 1, from 28th on the grid, a disappointed Teddy stormed through the pack. Moving up to 12th and pushing hard he then made an error that saw him drop back to the rear of the field once more. Undeterred, and with it all to do again, he continued his charge getting up to eighth before spinning off two laps before the race end. However, Teddy posted the fastest lap of the race to take pole position for Race 2.

In race 2 Teddy didn’t get the start he’d hoped for and dropped several places. As his more experienced Danish teammate Christian Rasmussen took an unassailable lead, the race was on for the remaining podium positions. Teddy got past Danish driver Benjamin Pedersen and started to close the gap on second-place Dakota Dickerson of the USA, but as the chequered flag dropped Teddy had to settle for third place.

Starting Sunday’s final race in fourth, Teddy dropped to fifth but soon made up places to catch Pedersen and Dickerson once more. Once again, Rasmussen’s pace had enabled him to pull a strong lead. Teddy passed and pulled away from Pedersen and then caught and passed Dickerson, holding off his challenge to the end of the race to take second.

Motor Sport Association (MSA) UK Academy Squad member Teddy said, “I really enjoyed myself and learnt a lot which I look forward to putting to good use in Round Two of the F4 USA Championship in two weeks’ time.

“I would particularly like to thank Team Jay Howard Driver Development for their hard work all weekend and also everyone back home in the UK for the incredible support I had with people following my progress by watching the live timing on the F4 USA website or through social media.”

Teddy’s next races will be from 10-12 May at Road Atlanta. Fans can view the full schedule, entry list and live timing throughout Round 2 at www.F4USChampionship.com.

Can you help Teddy in pursuit of driving excellence at the highest levels? Looking to gain awareness of your brand or company both in the UK and USA? For sponsorship and partnership opportunities please email teddywilsonracing@gmail.com or visit www.teddywilsonracing.com for more information.

Photo credit: Gavin Baker