Deagen Fairclough, a ROKiT Racing Star winner, has secured his place on the 2023 ROKiT F4 British Championship Certified by FIA grid with JHR Developments.
The e-sports star earned his opportunity at the inaugural ROKiT Racing Star final shoot-out last year, held at the University of Bolton’s National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) where ROKiT Racing Star operate 9 state-of-the-art race simulators.
The 16 year old from Crawley’s started racing at 5 years old in karting and moved to closed-wheel cars at 13.
Following his Racing Star scholarship he now has taken the opportunity to move to open-wheel racing in the ROKiT British F4 Championship, a move previously prohibited by budget constraints.
JHR and Deagen have been testing at Snetterton and Donington Park, with more to follow.
The first round of the 2023 ROKiT British F4 Championship takes place at Donington Park on the 22nd and 23rd April.
Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick the Chairman and co-founder of the ROKiT Group of Companies, said “Deagen was a very worthy winner of the inaugural ROKiT Racing Star programme which we set up to find the next generation of motorsport talent in a pioneering way, giving the opportunity to young drivers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access high-end motorsport. To get onto this ladder to Formula One in this way is something that hasn’t been done before. It was tough for Deagen to win this opportunity and it will be a hard year for him with a lot of learning ahead, but I have every confidence in him.”
Steven Hunter, JHR Developments added “We’re delighted to have Deagen on board and, while there’s a lot of work to do over the next three or four weeks, we’ll work hard to make sure he’s up to speed for the start of the season.”
Deagen Fairclough wins the ROKiT – Racing Star final
Deagen Fairclough “I’m over the moon to finally be racing in British F4 with JHR and ROKiT. This is the most unbelievable prize of a lifetime that the ROKiT Racing Star competition has given me. I hope I can do Jonathan, ROKiT, JHR and Racing Star proud. I’ve got a lot to learn having never raced a car like this before, as I’ve come from a closed, front wheel drive Fiesta, so progression and consistency will be key. I’m hoping to achieve some good results and look forward to an immense year ahead in this prestigious series which happens to start on my birthday weekend. What a birthday that’s going to be!”