On April 20-21, the first round of the new RAF Formula 4 Championship will take place at the Fort Grozny Autodrom in Grozny, Chechen Republic. On Saturday, drivers had free practice and qualifying session.Formula 4 competitions are held with the support of SMP Racing, the development program of the Russian motorsport, and take place simultaneously with the SMP Russian Circuit Racing Series (SMP RCRS).
There are seven rounds in the calendar of the RAF Formula 4 Championship and all of them are on the Russian tracks:
April 20-21 – Grozny, the Grozny Fortress Autdodrome
May 18-19 – Nizhny Novgorod, NRING Race Track
June 22-23 – Smolensk region, Smolensk Ring Autodrome
July 13-14 – Kazan, Kazan Ring Autodrome
August 3-4 – Moscow region, ADM Raceway
August 17-18 – Moscow region, Moscow Raceway
September 7-8 – Sochi, Sochi Autodrome.
Eight drivers will take part in the first round of Formula 4: Ivan Nosov, Artem Lobanenko, Alexander Vilayev, Nikita Alexandrov, Max Salo and participants of the SMP Racing Junior program Irina Sidorkova, Pavel Bulantsev and Alexey Nesov. Pavel Bulantsev has got a pole position in the qualifying with the time of 1:18.742.
On Sunday at 15:20 Moscow time, there will be a 35-minute Formula 4 race, which will be broadcast on the SMP RCRS website and Yandex TV.
The Formula 4 has been held since 2015. The series is designed for young drivers and is the starting point in the "formula" championships, after karting. In previous years, the championship was called SMP F4 and was held at various autodromes internationally. The graduates moved to more advanced "formula" classes, where they continue to perform successfully. Since 2019, the series has been held at the Russian autodrome under the auspices of the Russian Federation of Autosport (RAF) and with the support of SMP Racing, the development program of the Russian motorsport. The organizers set as their main goal to develop the “formulas” class in Russia and attract new participants.