Alvarez re-ignites title challenge with composed Snetterton victory

  • Double R racer unchallenged at the front en route to victory in Snetterton opener.
  • Williams second after stellar defense from Maloney, Carlin racer extends points lead to 66.
  • Josh Skelton on pole for reverse-grid contest tomorrow at 12:15 (BST).

Sebastian Alvarez put in a composed drive to convert pole position into a second win of the campaign in the opening F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race at Snetterton.

The Mexican got a good launch off the line and pulled a second clear of JHR’s Carter Williams in the opening exchanges, with the American pre-occupied with defending from Carlin racer and current points leader Zane Maloney.

The gap fluctuated lap on lap around the 2.99-mile Norfolk circuit, but a series of quick laps for Double R racer Alvarez in the final third of the race stretched his advantage to some 3.4 seconds at the chequered flag.

Williams duly scored his best finish of the season to kick off belated birthday celebrations in style, with Maloney third to continue his run of podiums.

The Barbadian driver also extends his advantage at the top of the standings over Louis Foster to 66 points, with Alvarez now just a single marker further back in third.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Alvarez.

“You always have to take each day as it comes, but today is a good day. We’ve got pole position again for tomorrow afternoon, so of course the aim is to take the win then too, but let’s wait and see what happens!”

Behind the lead trio, Tommy Foster put in a solid drive to fourth ahead of Arden Motorsport team-mate Bart Horsten, the Australian dropping back a little on the second lap and then defending from JHR’s Josh Skelton thereafter.

He will, however, line up with Skelton on the front row of the reversed grid race tomorrow morning courtesy of their finishing positions.

Fortec Motorsport’s Roberto Faria backed up a strong showing in qualifying with a stellar defensive drive from Foster, the pair side-by-side at one stage heading into Riches.

Their battle drew Arden’s Alex Connor and Richardson Racing’s Luke Browning on to the back of their fight, but they ultimately couldn’t find a way past and rounded out the top ten.

Alex Walker steered the final JHR machine to eleventh, just ahead of a thrilling scrap between Reema Juffali (Double R) and Mariano Martinez for twelfth and thirteenth.

The second race of the weekend at Snetterton is due to get underway at 12:15 (BST) tomorrow, live on ITV4.

Provisional Result – Round 16

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 Sebastian ALVAREZ Double R Racing 11 laps
2 Carter WILLIAMS JHR Developments +3.424s
3 Zane MALONEY (R) Carlin +3.836s
4 Tommy FOSTER Arden Motorsport +7.371s
5 Bart HORSTEN Arden Motorsport +9.790s
6 Josh SKELTON JHR Developments +11.816s
7 Roberto FARIA (R) Fortec Motorsport +16.290s
8 Louis FOSTER Double R Racing +16.735s
9 Alex CONNOR (R) Arden Motorsport +17.327s
10 Luke BROWNING Richardson Racing +21.534s
11 Alex WALKER (R) JHR Developments +23.381s
12 Reema JUFFALI Double R Racing +32.174s
13 Mariano MARTINEZ Fortec Motorsport +32.364s