February could be a very big month for Callum as the British driver is about to enter a shootout for a free seat with Winfield Racing in the FIA French F4 Championship. Callum will go head to head against 17 other of the sport’s most promising young talents over three days at the Winfield Racing School located at the famous Paul Ricard circuit in France.
After a successful opening year for the programme in 2018 which saw winner, Caio Collett go on to comfortably win the championship and subsequently be taken on by the Renault Sport Academy who have placed him in the Formula Renault Eurocup with reigning champions, R-ace GP. Now in 2019, Winfield are back in search of the next rising star.
With Callum recently announcing he was moving on from Karting this opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. The 17-year-old recently signed to Go Motorsport Management with plans for 2019 yet to be revealed, but a successful trip to Winfield could just reshape Callum’s season and lead him on a whole new path.
The shootout will take place between the 23rd and 25th of February with drivers being put to the test to challenge them in all areas. Not only will Callum be assessed for his driving, but his also his physical fitness, media skills with several other tasks being handed to each driver to help determine a winner.
For these elements Callum will be able to call upon his MSA Academy Squad experience which has seen him work with professionals to help him in all areas of the sport both on and off track. As for driving experience, Callum did get the chance to test in both an F4 and Clio Cup car after winning the Henry Surtees Foundation event at Buckmore Park in 2016.
If successful Callum will be given a fully funded season for 2019. The calendar for this year is yet to be revealed with the driver line up already slowly building up. Last year the series visited tracks which included Pau, Spa, Magny-Cours, Paul Ricrad and Jerez. The grid last season exceeded 20 cars and was hugely competitive with a large majority of the field in their first season.
It also has a great track record at producing successful drivers with past champions including reigning GP3 Champion Anthoine Hubert. Prior to it’s new name other champions included Jean-Eric Vergne, Stoffel Vandoorne, Jean Karl Vernay, Arthur Pic and Loic Duval.
On the 25th February Callum will find out whether he could get the chance to follow in their footsteps.
Callum Bradshaw: “I am looking forward to starting this new journey in my career and will give my all to make sure I get the most from it. I am very thankful to Winfield for giving me this fantastic opportunity.”
Mick Gomme – Go Motorsport Management: “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for Callum to be invited to the Volant Winfield Young Talent Selection Programme, the programme has an excellent history and has launched the careers of many top racing drivers. For Callum to receive an invitation just goes to show that he is already regarded as a possible future star and I’m sure that Callum won’t disappoint. This will be a fantastic opportunity for Callum.”
Whether Callum goes on to win the event or not it will certainly be a fantastic experience to prepare Callum for 2019 as he will be given the chance to work with experts in media training, mental preparation, physical assessment and preparation, nutrition as well as working with engineers in understanding the dynamics of a car and tyres.