Our talented Motorsport Vehicle student and racing driver Teddy Wilson has made his single-seater debut in a recording-breaking 37-car grid in the Formula 4 United States Championship. Drivers from 12 States and 10 countries took part in the opening race of the Honda-powered championship at Virginia International Raceway last weekend. The field includes 15 returning drivers and 22 rookies, including South Luffenham’s Teddy, as he makes the transition from karting to cars with Jay Howard’s Driver Development (JHDD) team.

Teddy,from South Luffenham, Rutland, began driving karts when he was six and racing at eight. In 2014 he was MSA Super One British Cadet Kart Champion and he is a member of the Motorsport Association UK (MSA) Academy Squad – an elite group of young drivers who have demonstrated potential excellence in motorsport.

The F4 USA Championship saw Teddy competing against drivers from a variety of racing backgrounds. The grid ranged from youngsters like him who are graduating from karts to cars, including Eduardo Barrichello son of former F1 star Rubens Barrichello, to former sprint-car and Legend drivers like Will Edwards. National Champions and special award winners from a variety of disciplines and countries also feature in the highly competitive VIR lineup.

Teddy says of his placement last Saturday ‘I had a very positive start to the 44 US championship, managing to qualify on pole to have it taken away for a technical reason meant we would definitely be on the back foot for the rest of the weekend. I managed to get the fastest lap in race 1 after starting last which meant I’d start pole in Race 2. I ended up with a 3rd in Race 2 and 2nd in the final race. It was a really good end to my debut weekend in car racing. I’d like to thank the team for a great job, all my sponsors and all my family and friends back home for the support. 2 weeks till the next race at Atlanta hopefully we can carry the form from the last two races over.’

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