The second-generation racer taking British F4 by storm

The second-generation racer taking British F4 by storm

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Alex Dunne actually is aware of how one can make an affect. The Irishman has impressed ever since he swapped karts for vehicles at first of final yr, brilliantly taking pole for his very first race in Spanish Components 4 at Spa. And that continued when Dunne progressed into British F4 this season, securing two wins and a second on the Donington Park opener regardless of his participation solely being formally confirmed days beforehand.

“The transfer from karts to vehicles may be fairly a troublesome one however I feel my debut was fairly robust for the restricted quantity of testing I had carried out,” Dunne says, modestly. “To place it on pole and take a podium, I feel I tailored to it fairly rapidly! I did numerous simulator work and was fairly assured within the automotive.”

That confidence has been evident once more this yr, and that’s maybe no shock given the 16-year-old has been surrounded by motorsport all his life, since his father Noel was a profitable Components Ford racer.

“Being round motorsport from such a younger age, I all the time understood it,” says Dunne. “I used to be all the time watching it and all the time had an concept that was what I wished to do.”

Getting behind the wheel of a kart for the primary time confirmed that he wished to comply with in his father’s footsteps, and Dunne has not regarded again. However issues didn’t go fairly as deliberate after that promising Spanish F4 debut in 2021. He failed to attain one other podium over the primary three occasions, break up with Pinnacle Motorsport and was compelled onto the sidelines.

That was till a deal was struck with Ralf Schumacher’s US Racing squad for 3 German F4 rounds, throughout which Dunne took an additional two podiums at Hockenheim. Dunne was then supplied the prospect to familiarize yourself with the brand new second-generation Tatuus F4 automotive with an entry within the winter UAE sequence with Hitech GP.

Dunne has shone with Hitech in British F4 this season and leads the standings with 4 conferences to go

Photograph by: JEP/Motorsport Photographs

“We did the few weeks within the UAE after we acquired a name from Oliver Oakes [team boss] asking if we wished to come back with Hitech and it was not a chance we might flip down!” remembers Dunne. “It was a extremely good alternative for myself to study quite a bit in regards to the new automotive.”

And contemplating the most recent Tatuus-Abarth machine is essentially totally different to its predecessor, it was a very helpful expertise for Dunne.

“You’ve got extra horsepower and a halo so the centre of gravity is quite a bit totally different,” he explains. “It’s a a lot heavier automotive and the driving model is kind of totally different.”

Ominously for his rivals, Dunne may very well be even additional forward within the British battle had he not suffered from gearbox issues at Manufacturers Hatch and a down-on-power engine at Croft

That relationship with Hitech then continued, with Dunne signing for the group in British F4 alongside his present dedication to Italian F4 with US Racing. The further seat time from the twin marketing campaign has been a profit for Dunne, particularly since a lot of his rivals in Italy additionally contest the German sequence.

And Dunne has been placing that point within the automotive to good use, impressing in each sequence. He has undoubtedly been the driving force to beat in British F4 and, heading into the seventh occasion at Snetterton this weekend, leads by a wholesome 41 factors with seven victories – the next-highest tally is simply two.

He’s additionally third within the Italian standings, the one driver not from the all-conquering Prema squad within the high 5. However there’s a conflict between the Manufacturers Hatch British finale and the penultimate Italian spherical at Monza, with Dunne saying he’ll resolve which one to prioritise nearer the time.

Ominously for his rivals, Dunne may very well be even additional forward within the British battle had he not suffered from gearbox issues at Manufacturers Hatch and a down-on-power engine at Croft. He additionally stalled in the latest race at Knockhill, after which suffered harm when making an attempt to combat again via the pack.

Dunne has also impressed in Italian F4, although a clash will mean he has to decide which championship to complete

Dunne has additionally impressed in Italian F4, though a conflict will imply he has to resolve which championship to finish

Photograph by: ACI Sport

“Sadly, that’s most likely one in every of my weaker factors,” admits Dunne of his launches. “Due to the process, it’s actually tough to have the ability to do it proper. We’ll simply must do much more apply begins to attempt to get my head round it!”

One one that has not been shocked by how Dunne has carried out up to now this yr is his father, and Dunne Sr has actually observed the distinction in his son’s maturity.

“The means he goes via knowledge and suggestions and the best way he listens with the engineers, I’m very impressed by that,” he says.

In spite of everything, Dunne Sr is aware of what it takes to win races. His most notable achievement was triumphing within the Kent Components Ford Pageant in 2006, however he has not raced since 2014. He says his son’s profession path has actually been very totally different to his personal.

“I didn’t drive my first automotive till I used to be 21,” he explains. “I did all of it myself and had a couple of provides to go to America however I didn’t perceive the best way the entire trade labored.

“Since Alex has been racing, I’m doing every part for Alex and ensuring all of the offers are carried out. I get extra enjoyment out of watching Alex than I did racing myself. I get a very good kick out of watching him and seeing him progress and turning into the entire bundle.”

However has he been tempted to make a comeback himself?

“Lots of people have been asking me [about a return], however not in the intervening time!” he says, including {that a} mixture of labor and supporting Alex’s racing is a “24/7” enterprise – he was even his son’s mechanic when he began out in Spanish F4 final yr.

Dunne has grown up in racing,
pictured here with his father Noel at the 2013 Walter Hayes Trophy

Dunne has grown up in racing, pictured right here along with his father Noel on the 2013 Walter Hayes Trophy

Photograph by: JEP

Unsurprisingly, given his spectacular outcomes, Dunne Jr has been attracting loads of admirers and provides for the longer term.

“I’m Alex’s largest fan so I all the time anticipated him to be on the entrance,” his father continues. “However I’m additionally his largest critic and, if one thing goes unsuitable, if he makes a mistake, I’m the primary one to inform him.”

And that’s sufficient to maintain Dunne Jr on his toes as he makes an attempt to attain extra spectacular leads to the second half of this season.

Against stiff competition from F1 juniors such as Oliver Gray and Ugo Ugochukwu, Dunne knows he can't afford to relax

Towards stiff competitors from F1 juniors resembling Oliver Grey and Ugo Ugochukwu, Dunne is aware of he cannot afford to loosen up

Photograph by: JEP/Motorsport Photographs

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