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Formula Ford star Lucas Romanek to make GB4 debut at Silverstone

Wednesday, May 04 2022

Lucas Romanek and Oldfield Motorsport will make their GB4 debuts on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit this weekend (7/8 May). 

The British driver has raced in Formula Ford across the last year since his karting graduation, and joined the team half way through 2021. With Oldfield, he was a front-runner in the Walter Hayes Trophy and claimed victories in the Champion of Brands and Martin Down Trophy events. 

Romanek has started the 2022 season in strong form too, and claimed a maiden National Formula Ford victory with the squad at Knockhill towards the start of April. 

The 18-year-old's career began as a karting rookie in 2017, starting in Tyro Karts and winning the championship with a record points total in 2018. In the same year, he secured six other titles, and moved to Junior X30s in 2019, adding another title to his list of achievements.  

After stepping up to Senior X30 karts in 2020 and finishing ninth overall in the Ultimate Kart Championship, he made his car-racing debut in 2021. 

End of year success came in the form of finishing sixth in the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, just a second away from victory in a mass train of cars competing for the outright win, and was classified seventh overall in the National Formula Ford Championship in his first season. 

Remaining in Formula Ford this year, he's taken two podiums in addition to his Knockhill victory and lies third overall in the championship standings at present. 

Having tested the GB4 car with the team at Donington Park a few weeks ago, Romanek is now looking forward to making his slicks and wings debut. 

He commented: "I can't wait to get going at Silverstone this weekend, and especially in the awesome GB4 car. It is a big step up from Formula Ford in terms of grip and downforce, so there's a lot to learn this weekend, but at least I have some useful mileage from the test at Donington in March. Having worked so well with James Oldfield, I would like to thank him and his team for this opportunity, I'm sure we can transfer all the hard work over to GB4, and it'll be great to compete on the full Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit this weekend too."

Team Principal James Oldfield said: "We're really looking forward to making our GB4 debut at Silverstone with Lucas. He's progressed very well with us in Formula Ford, and he did a great job when he tested the GB4 car at Donington a few weeks ago. It'll be his first time on the Silverstone GP circuit, but he has raced on the National and International configurations in Formula Fords, so he just needs to learn the mega Maggots and Becketts complex and the Loop hairpin. We will work hard together to bring home some strong results. 

"We're looking forward to this new challenge, but we're not strangers to this sort of car. We've been working very hard behind the scenes to be as prepared as possible, and we hope we can make good progress across the four days."

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