Aiden Neate will return to the ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA for a full title assault with Fortec Motorsport in 2023, the team is pleased to confirm.
The 16-year-old is no stranger to success in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series. Having made his debut in the category during a part-season programme back in 2021, Neate has gone over to amass over 50 race starts, yielding two wins and eight podium finishes to-date.
Recently, Neate’s potential was recognised at the highest level of the sport, with Alpine F1 Team making him a member of its Academy programme.
That makes him the perfect match for driver development specialists Fortec, whose expertise has propelled the careers of several stars in the sport, among them Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo, Sam Bird, Stoffel Vandoorne, Marcus Ericsson, and Juan-Pablo Montoya.
“I’m super excited to announce I’ll be racing in ROKiT British F4 again this season, my second full season in the championship” says Neate on the news.
“I’m even more excited for the championship fight and pleased to be taking it on with Fortec Motorsport.
“As a team, we definitely have the capability to go to the top of the standings this year. A massive thank you to everybody that has made this possible, particularly The Green Group, and to Fortec for giving me the opportunity.”
Neate joins returning talent James Higgins and South African newcomer Mika Abrahams in the team’s line-up, the latter joining the series from the third event at Snetterton onwards due to his age.
For Team Principal Ollie Dutton, it represents a hugely exciting roster for the Daventry-based team, as they look to contend for the ROKiT British F4 title they most recently won in 2020, with Luke Browning.
“It’s fantastic to welcome Aiden to our ROKiT British F4 team for 2023,” says Dutton.
“Naturally, achieving results on track is the most important thing, and it’s what any driver – or team – is judged upon, but we also get a real kick out of helping the drivers under our roof develop.
“I’m confident we’ll be able to help Aiden take that next step from race winner to title contender, and together with James and Mika, we’re in a really strong position to kick on and enjoy a good season.”
Donington Park, Leicestershire, hosts the opening three rounds of the 2023 season on 22-23 April, with races shown live on ITV4.