Teams wel­come new Bri­tish F4 en­gine sup­port provider for 2018

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Bri­tish For­mula 4 teams have wel­comed the de­ci­sion for Neil Brown En­gi­neer­ing to be­come the cat­e­gory’s en­gine sup­port provider from next sea­son.

The renowned com­pany will be re­spon­si­ble for bal­anc­ing the F4 Ford Ecoboost en­gines as well as pro­vid­ing track­side sup­port at all rounds and of­fi­cial tests.

Dou­ble R team boss An­thony Hieatt has been crit­i­cal of the en­gine sup­port pro­vided by Sodemo and the equal­ity of the mo­tors in the past – de­scrib­ing it as the “worst thing about the cham­pi­onship” – but he says the ad­di­tion of Neil Brown En­gi­neer­ing is very pos­i­tive.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic step in the right di­rec­tion – it can only be a good thing,” said Hieatt. “It was a crazy de­ci­sion in the first place for an MSA cham­pi­onship to go with a for­eign en­gine tuner when we’ve got so many good ones in the UK. The cham­pi­onship will just be­come stronger now as peo­ple will have con­fi­dence in the en­gines.”

Hieatt added that, as a French­based com­pany, Sodemo didn’t have an easy task pro­vid­ing full sup­port to the Bri­tish se­ries. Sodemo will re­main as ho­molo­ga­tion part­ner.

Neil Brown has a long his­tory of work­ing with Ford and cur­rently builds en­gines for a num­ber of Bri­tish Tour­ing Car squads.

Dou­ble R will ex­pand into the Euro­for­mula Open cat­e­gory for 2018, with the se­ries for Dal­lara FIA F3-spec cars “gain­ing mo­men­tum”. Hieatt said: “I like rac­ing against Trevor [Car­lin] and teams like Fortec and there’s some good for­eign teams too. No­body re­ally knows what’s hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture [with F3 merg­ing with GP3] and for an in­de­pen­dent team like us it’s a good place to be.”

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