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Sim racing champion secures true British F4 seat in 2023

The virtual competition, held last year via the RaceRoom platform, culminated in an in-person final held at the NCME University of Bolton using Racing Unleashed simulators. The prize was the opportunity to learn, train, take licensing exams and have the chance to have a full racing season.

Since winning in May 2022, Fairclough competed later in the year in the ROKiT British F4 Esports competition using the iRacing platform.

He will now compete in the full British F4 season driving for JHR Developments. Thanks to Joseph Loake and Georgi Dimitrov, the team clinched seven race wins last season.

The 2022 ROKiT Racing Star F4 Esports competition finals were held in Bolton

“I’m over the moon to finally be racing with JHR and ROKiT in British F4,” said Fairclough.

“This is the most incredible award of my life that the ROKiT Racing Star competition has given me. I hope I can make Jonathan, ROKiT, JHR and Racing Star proud.

I have a lot to learn as I have never driven a car like this coming from a closed front wheel drive Fiesta so progress and consistency will be key.

“I’m hoping for some good results and looking forward to a huge year in this prestigious series which just so happens to start on my birthday weekend. What a birthday this is going to be!”

The Crawley-based 16-year-old has racing experience in both the BRSCC Ford Fiesta Junior Championship and the Junior Saloon Car Championship to complement his sim racing exploits.

ROKIT British F4 2023 Deagen Fairclough

“Deagen was a very worthy winner of the inaugural ROKiT Racing Stars program, which we created to pioneer the way in which to find the next generation of motorsport talent and give young drivers the opportunity who otherwise would not have access to high-end racing. Motorsport would have,” said Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman and Co-Founder of the ROKiT group of companies.

“Moving into Formula 1 in this way is something that has never happened before. It was difficult for Deagen to seize this opportunity and it’s going to be a tough year for him with a lot to learn, but I have full confidence in him.”

The 2023 ROKiT British F4 Championship begins on 22nd April at Donington Park with 10 rounds and 30 races throughout the year as part of the British Touring Car Championship support package including live TV coverage for those in the UK.

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