Fifteen-year-old Barbadian racer Kyffin Simpson has confirmed his 2020 programme with Formula 4 United States Championship front-runners Velocity Racing Development following a successful car-racing debut in the four-round Yacademy Winter Series, where he scored two podiums in six races.
Following the postponement of the Western Championship F4 Winter Series, Simpson will join teammate and fellow rookie Hunter Yeany to kick off his race season in the 2020 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.
The year 2019 saw Simpson compete in KA100J and X30 junior karting categories across the United States and Europe with Speed Concepts Racing, achieving championship wins, race wins, poles and podiums. Most recently Simpson challenged at the front of the pack in the Las Vegas SUKSA SuperNats XXIII and invite-only IAME World Finals at Le Mans, France.
Team principal of Speed Concepts Racing Mike Speed said: “We are very excited for Kyffin. He has always showed great skills and a natural ability to adapt. That with near perfect feedback will move him right up the motorsports ladder very quickly. Good luck Kyffin!”
Despite the challenges facing motorsport in recent months, Simpson has continued to prepare for a busy second half of 2020 with a rigorous fitness programme, daily simulator sessions with coaches at Kokoro Performance, and competing iRacing-based esports championships with F4 US peers.
Excited to hit the track, Simpson said: “I’m ready for the next step in my motorsports career and hugely excited to join the F4 United States Championship. The series support from Honda, Ligier and Hankook is massive, making this series my first choice in moving up from karts. Working with Dan Mitchell at VRD and Kieren at Kokoro Performance has been great. I know we have chosen the right team for the challenge ahead.”
VRD team manager Dan Mitchell added: “It’s great to have another young talent join our ever-stronger F4 programme. Kyffin works hard and has shown good speed in the recent winter testing. He has a tremendous attitude to working hard and will integrate into our team atmosphere perfectly. We can’t wait to get the 2020 season going.”
Kieren Clark of Kokoro Performance said they were excited to continue working alongside Simpson as he took this important step in his racing career. “He’s hit every development target so far, exceeding expectations on and away from the track, so we’re confident of a strong showing this season. We’ll take each race as it comes but Kyffin will be pushing for the best results no matter what.”
Simpson’s transition to single-seater racing is supported by racewear manufacturer Simpson Race Products (New Braunfels, TX) and Kokoro Performance (Royston, United Kingdom). (PR)