New backers help teenager to compete in F4 Championship
South Luffenham’s Teddy Wilson admitted he had to deal with one of the hardest racing situations of his career to emerge triumphant from the opening race of the 2019 F4 US Championship in challenging conditions at Road Atlanta.
The 17-year-old demonstrated some impressive race craft to take the win despite coming under intense pressure in the latter stages as race conditions changed from wet to dry.
His comeback against the 24-strong field on the undulating two-and-a-half mile circuit followed a six-month break due to budget restraints.
Wilson said: “After a long winter break with no testing and on my first time out with a new team and new local sponsors CS Ellis (Group) and Versatile Venues, it was great to pick up my first F4 win.”
Severe thunderstorms, strong winds, torrential rain and flash flooding resulted in the cancellation of Friday morning’s qualifying at Road Atlanta.
With race one’s starting grid set on the fastest time in Thursday’s free practice session as a result, Wilson was fifth on the grid.
As the rain cleared at lunchtime, he was faced with wet but warm conditions as he lined up in the DC Autosports/Cape Motorsports car.
Wilson explained: “With some quick drivers in front I knew it would be hard to get up the field.
“I managed to get a good start in the wet conditions and the car was set up perfectly for the beginning of the race, so I was soon up to second place in the first few laps.
“The safety car then came out and at the restart I pounced on the opportunity to take the lead with a late lunge into the fifth gear turn one.
“From there I controlled the race but as the track dried out each lap became more and more difficult to maintain the pace. By the end, I was forced to defend heavily.
“This is tough on the hilly Road Atlanta circuit and I knew one mistake could cost me a top five position.
“It was one of the hardest racing situations I have been in but I managed to hold off the field and take my first F4 win
“There was a lot of uncertainty as to whether I could even get on the grid this season due to a lack of funding, but thanks to my supporters and new sponsors I was able to show what I am capable of.
“I have to say a big thank you to CS Ellis (Group) Ltd, Versatile Venues, Safe Products Ltd, Scholl Concepts UK, Custom Racewear and Walero for their support and I am delighted I was able to take top spot on the podium in return.”
The next round of the 2019 F4 United States Championship season takes place at the 2.8 mile Pittsburgh International Race Complex from June 21-23.
Wilson’s fundraising to enable him to compete for the full championship season is ongoing.
He would be delighted to discuss the benefits that his partnership and sponsorship opportunities can bring businesses and has launched a share scheme for private investors.
For more information or to contact him visit www.teddywilsonracing.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org