Sebastian Priaulx’s preparations for the 2018 F4 British Championship are in top gear as he gets ready to begin his first season in single-seater competition this weekend (07/08 April) with the continued support of 1st CENTRAL Insurance.
Priaulx’s partnership with 1st CENTRAL Insurance, one of the fastest growing car insurance providers in the United Kingdom, started last season as the seventeen year old secured seven victories and finished runner-up in the Ginetta Junior Championship.
1st CENTRAL Insurance have grown a reputation for nurturing young talent since their launch in 2008, and the long-term sponsorship agreement with Priaulx will continue this season as they target success together in the ultra-competitive Formula 4 championship.
Sebastian Priaulx: “I’m delighted to be working alongside 1st CENTRAL Insurance once again this year and I truly can't thank them enough for their support as I aim to progress in my motorsport career.
"Without their backing and that of Ravenscroft GB, I wouldn't be on the grid this year and we're determined to enjoy a successful season together in the Formula 4 British Championship."
Andy James – Chief Commercial Officer of 1st CENTRAL: “Seb is quickly pulling ahead in his career and we are thrilled to continue our support as he takes on his biggest challenge yet in the 2018 Formula 4 British Championship.
“At 1st CENTRAL we firmly believe in the importance of nurturing young talent, both within our business and beyond. Seb performed brilliantly in 2017 and this achievement shows he is driven to succeed. We hope 2018 is every bit a success for Seb and have no doubt that he will go on to achieve great things.”
Following the Christmas break, Priaulx has got plenty of testing miles under his belt during a number of official pre-season championship tests, in which he has been able to assess his pace alongside the remainder of the 2018 grid.
Producing encouraging speed in mixed conditions over the last two months, Priaulx kicked it off by finishing second fastest overall around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit and then continued to mix it towards the top of the timesheets at Donington Park, Rockingham and Snetterton.
Priaulx’s focus has now turned to the opening three rounds of the season around the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent this weekend, where he will take to the grid in his 1st CENTRAL and Ravenscroft GB machine in front of a huge trackside crowd and the live ITV4 cameras.
Sebastian Priaulx: “I’ve been really pleased with our progress over the course of our winter testing programme, especially during the official tests since Christmas. We’ve been towards the top of the timesheets in each test, which has been really encouraging.
“I’ve had a lot to learn when it comes to driving a ‘slicks and wings’ car, but I feel I am adapting very quickly with the support of Arden Motorsport, APSM and iZone. We’re feeling confident that we can be fighting for victories from the season opener onwards.”
Provisional Timetable - Brands Hatch Indy:
Saturday 7th April:
Qualifying: 09:00 to 09:20
Race One: 14:15 – 20 mins
Race Two: 17:40 – 20 mins
Sunday 8th April:
Race Three (Live on ITV4): 15:05 – 20 mins