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A bold leap into the UK for Aussie Young Gun


Written by Timothy Neal

James Piszczyk has won all in front of him in the Australian Formula Ford series this season, but has decided to stick to his goals in the UK, where he hopes to compete in the British F4 series next year.

16-year-old Piszczyk preferred to withdraw from the final round of the championship he leads by 11 points at Hitech GP, the team that won the British F4 Championship last season.

AUTO ACTION spoke to Piszczyk, who was preparing for another day of testing at Snetterton Circuit in Norwich, UK, about how the opportunity came about.

“Initially we contacted Dominic Stott, the Hitech GP team manager in England, and after much negotiation we contacted Adam Gotch, who runs the AGI Sport F4 program here,” Piszczyk said. explained.

“I guess it was their way of studying me at F4 and then Hitech invited us to come here to the UK.”

The young Open Wheel shooter has high hopes of competing in the UK next year, showing the inner drive that has seen him seize the chance.

“We looked at what we could do in Australia after Formula Ford, and my passion and goals are really open-wheel, so we decided our best move was to look at England, which has a great F4 program.” he continued.

“I haven’t raced with wings and a lot of downforce before, and I wanted to be challenged to learn that kind of racing skill here.

“So far we’ve been testing at Croft (Yorkshire) and Pembrey (Wales) and then they’ve confirmed two official driver test days here at Snetterton.

“It was a great experience, I really like riding slick tires. They are pretty fast cars, a lot faster than I expected to be honest. It feels like you’re in Formula 1 with halos and a really cool cockpit.

“The Formula Ford experience made the transition pretty smooth for me, in terms of braking and stuff. I’m definitely still getting my head around it, but I felt really prepared through my experience at home.

“The feedback from the team here has been very positive. They know I’m going over my head, but they said they like what they’ve seen of the progress and that I’ve performed to their liking.

Piszczyk topped the championship standings in his CHE Racing #93 Mygale SJ13

For a young man with big goals and the ability to make it happen, choosing not to finish the season and choose to test overseas with a high-level F4 team seems like a bold but logical choice. It was met with shock by the Formula Ford community and his team at CHE racing, but Piszczyk is very grateful for the way they prepared him for this jump.

“It was a really hard decision to miss the final. Che Racing really developed me as a rider and they have helped me so much in my career and I can’t thank them enough,” he said.

“It ultimately led me to find myself in this position, to choose this option. It could have gone either way, but I looked into my future and thought it would be more beneficial next year to learn more about the car to prepare for what’s to come.”

“They had every right to be disappointed and there was a lot of back and forth. We’ve worked really hard to be in contention for the championship… it’s hard to say actually because without their help I wouldn’t be here, it really meant a lot to me.

Piszczyk is one of the few young Australians competing in the European F4 scene in Europe, with Costa Toparis with Carlin F4 team in Great Britain, and Hugh Barter in Spanish and French F4 with the Campos team.

“It’s funny actually, Costa and I have never spent much time together, but we met at the last round of the British F4 Championship at Brands Hatch GP and said, ‘Okay.’ It was cool to see a familiar face.”

The future of Australian open wheel racing is in very good, very young but mature hands for their age. The steely focus and determination to achieve their goals is evident in these kids across the board, and they can provide motorsports fans with plenty of fun and international success in the near future.

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