Filipina McLaren Development Driver Bianca Bustamante will make her British F4 debut with Hitech at this weekend’s round in Zandvoort.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

British F4’s sixth round will see the championship hold its first race weekend outside of the United Kingdom. Hitech, who are leading the teams’ standings, currently field a competitive line-up that includes points leader Deagen Fairclough. The team has secured a combined 16 trophies in the first five rounds of the season.

The 4.259-kilometre-long Circuit Zandvoort is renowned for its demanding and narrow layout. The track features 14 corners and has a mix of high-speed stretches and tight, technical corners. Minimal runoff areas and the circuit’s undulations add to its challenges.

Bustamante’s British F4 weekend will undoubtedly help her gain valuable track time ahead of the fourth F1 Academy round at Zandvoort. She will take part in practice and qualifying, before then gearing up for three sprint races. Bustamante has previously raced at Circuit Zandvoort in last year’s F1 Academy season, achieving a best race finish of fifth.

The Filipina driver’s supporters include the McLaren Driver Development programme, Lance East Exotics, and CBR Media. Her races in British F4 this weekend will be in addition to her ongoing F1 Academy campaign. Watch Bustamante’s races live on the official British F4 YouTube channel.

Bustamante “looking forward” to first British F4 round

Bustamante reflected on her signing with Hitech for the upcoming British F4 round in Zandvoort. “I’m looking forward to racing in the ROKiT British F4 Championship for the first time!

“Though I raced at Circuit Zandvoort last year, it will be my first time in the championship where the level of competition is intense and will have some of the best male and female drivers from around the globe.

“As always, qualifying will be a key component to a successful race weekend,” Bustamante continued, “so I will work hard in the practice sessions to get acquainted with both my team and the car.”

“Big thank you to my team Hitech Grand Prix for their guidance, as well as to McLaren for all their support!”

Oakes “delighted” with Hitech’s “active contribution” to female participation

Hitech director Oliver Oakes was also positive about Bustamante’s upcoming races this weekend. “We’re excited to welcome Bianca to Hitech’s ROKiT F4 British Championship team at Zandvoort this weekend,” he said.

“It is the first time the series has raced outside of the UK, and this track will be a real test for every driver, so it provides a really meaningful opportunity for Bianca [Bustamante] to make her debut.

“We strongly support the purpose and success of F1 Academy in driving change in motorsport,” he added. “We are delighted that Hitech is making an active contribution to advocating for female participation.”

Multiple F1 Academy drivers have participated in other Formula 4 series this year to gain experience and develop their skills. These include Abbi Pulling, Jess Edgar, and Carrie Schreiner in British F4. Furthermore, Schreiner, Tina Hausmann, Aurelia Nobels, and Doriane Pin have raced in F4 UAE. Pin notably became the first female driver to win an F4 UAE race during the fourth round at Yas Marina.

Bustamante’s British F4 debut at Zandvoort will be one to watch. Stay tuned to Asian Motorsport’s website and social media platforms to get the latest updates on her race weekend.

Header photo credit: Hitech Grand Prix

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