JAMUN OUT OF F4 AS SMALL TEAMS FIGHT
Jamun Racing has no plans to contest the remainder of the British F4 season, leaving JTR as the only remaining team from the category’s British Formula Ford days competing at Croft this weekend.
Drivers Jamie Caroline and Harry Hayek have both left Jamun, which was a powerhouse of British Formula Ford, winning seven-straight drivers’ titles between 2005 and 2011.
Caroline has switched to Fortec Motorsports to fill the seat vacated by Ross Martin while Hayek has left after a dispute.
Jamun boss James Mundy said the team would focus on other projects: “We’re not planning on running any F4 cars. We would quite like to focus on Kent cars. We’re converting a couple of [Duratec] Mygales to Kent engines and we’re looking to run a couple.”
Jamun’s withdrawal leaves a lack of smaller teams in the British F4 paddock. Since international teams Carlin, Arden and Fortec entered the series in 2015 – when the FIA F4 Mygale car was introduced – the smaller teams have struggled. None of the ex-formula Ford teams have won a race since the switch.
Falcon Motorsport and Richardson Racing competed in the category last year but are yet to field a driver in 2016 – although Richardson is continuing to test potential drivers.
Mundy added it’s difficult to compete away from the track with the big teams. “Managing a driver’s expectations when faced with outfits like Carlin and Arden makes it a no-go,” he said. “The F4 car and series is good and as we showed at Oulton Park you can compete with limited resources.”
British F4 championship manager Sam Roach said the Jamun situation was a unique one, but added he is not worried the larger teams are becoming dominant.
“It’s something we are always looking at,” he said. “It’s happened many times in motorsport that the market moves and the big teams are best placed to capitalise on that.”
But Roach has highlighted the success of JHR Developments – a team that has taken two wins and three other podiums this season – that proves smaller teams can still achieve good results. “JHR is showing that smaller non-international teams are still able to compete,” he said. “I am proud that Jamun and JHR have been on the podium this year.”