Hitech GP return to action in the ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA this weekend, as the reigning champions begin their title defence at Donington Park.
The Silverstone-based team made their debut in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series last year, storming to both the title at the first attempt with record-breaking Irishman Alex Dunne, and race victories with Eduardo Coseteng and Oliver Stewart respectively.
That performance has immediately marked the team out as likely contenders once again this term, with a new-look, four-car line-up of rising stars set to embark on another 10-event, 30-race season live on ITV4.
Introducing the next wave of talents…
Hitech’s quartet for the 2023 season features graduates from the worlds of karting, tin-tops and other single seater formulae.
William Macintyre and Kanato Le are no strangers to the UK’s roster of challenging venues, having won multiple races in the Ginetta Junior Championship last season.
Macintyre made six visits to the winner’s circle, wrapping up the Rookie title in the process. The Wroxham-based driver also made a one-off outing in GB4, claiming two podiums from three starts.
Japanese ace Le was ranked seventh overall with a brace of wins, adding to a glittering karting CV, which includes the 2021 IAME Junior X30 crown.
Joining them is Australian Jimmy Piszcyk, the 16-year-old fresh from a season in which he would have surely won the Australian Formula Ford Championship, before electing to end his campaign early to head to the UK and begin his F4 testing programme with Hitech.
Completing the line-up is Gabriel Stilp, the British youngster fresh from winning the Junior X30 class of the British Karting Championship, adding to his global title in the same category the year prior.
Collectively, they form one of the strongest driver groupings on the grid, as Hitech aims to add the elusive Teams’ title to its Drivers crown from last year.
View from the Cockpit
““I am really looking forward to racing with Hitech in ROKiT British F4.
“Their results last season were brilliant and it’s clear for me that this was the right team to drive with, as they not only help develop me as a better driver, but also win races.”
““It’s an exciting time to be a part of the championship and was the obvious next step for me to further my ambitions of becoming a Formula 1 driver in the future.
“Hitech has an incredible history in motorsport and has been proven winners in every category from F4 up to F2, so to be joining the team and utilising their expertise and experience is fantastic for my career.”
“This is a great opportunity for me to race in a championship as strong as ROKiT British F4, and join the championship-winning Hitech GP team.”
“It’s going to be great to battle and challenge a competitive grid of drivers, and I’m really excited to embark on my next chapter in racing.”
“I’m really pleased to be joining ROKiT British F4 this year. To be joining last year’s champions Hitech is just amazing. It was a late decision to race this year, so I haven’t had as many test days as other drivers, and the weather hasn’t been kind to me.
“I’m hoping with the team and my team-mates’ experience, I can get up to speed and be fighting for podiums by mid-year.”
How to follow the action
ROKiT British F4 features as part of the British Touring Car Championship package, and as such receives live, free-to-air television coverage in the UK on ITV4.
Sunday’s action will be broadcast live on the channel, with spectators able to follow the rest of the weekend via British F4’s social media channels, or alternatively with live timing via www.tsl-timing.com.