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Sharp Motorsport to join British F4 championship

Rochdale racer Jamie Sharp will compete with his family run team in the 2017 British Formula 4 championship. The team, Sharp Motorsport, is also hoping to attract other drivers with low budgets from the North West to fill its line up.

Sharp, a member of the Young Racing Driver Academy, has been testing with TRS Arden over the past eighteen months, building on the karting experience the teenager already has. Sharp’s father, Joe Sharp, said the team had been “fantastic”, but opted to start his own team rather than seek a seat for his son at the team.

“We decided to start our own team because we wanted to be in complete control and felt that it would be more fun for everyone,” said Sharp snr. “Family and friends are able to have greater involvement, which means we can spend time together as we try to achieve our goals.”

Those goals are high, but the team is remaining realistic as they build up to their first season.

“I want to do the best that I can next year and have fun too,” said Sharp jnr. “If I can get used to the car as much as possible and get everything right before the season starts hopefully I can have a good 2017.

“I would love to win the championship in my first year, but I know the quality of the drivers in British F4 is incredibly high. It would be amazing to be up there at the front. Ending 2017 as best of the newcomers would be a great achievement.”

The team itself is also hoping to make a big splash, and has invited other young drivers to join the team.

“In addition to Jamie we want to be able to give youngsters with less budget the chance to compete and we are trying to source as many people from the North West because there aren’t any teams based in this part of the country,” said Sharp snr.

“Although we will be a small team to begin with we want people to take us seriously. We want to give our drivers the best opportunities so that means giving them the best cars thanks to top engineering talent, as well as a team that looks the part.”

The team will join the championship in 2017, with the first race taking place at the beginning of April.

Image Credit: Caroline Rhea

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