- Alvarez soaks up the pressure to deny Maloney and level the points in the title race.
- Double R strengthen hold on Teams Cup with third for Louis Foster after race of high drama.
- ITV4-televised finale gets underway at 15:55 (BST); prepare for battle at Silverstone!
Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez triumphed in treacherously wet conditions at Silverstone to win a thrilling reverse-grid F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race and draw level on points with Zane Maloney at the championship summit.
The Mexican swept through at the start from the third row of the grid to wrest second from JHR’s Carter Williams on the run through Becketts, before sweeping around the outside of polesitter Alex Connor (Arden) to claim the race lead.
He set about building an early advantage spanning nearly two seconds and, though Carlin racer Maloney reeled him back in after passing Connor on the inside of Luffield, he ultimately held on to record a fourth win of the season and level the scores at 367 points apiece with four rounds to go.
Louis Foster (Double R) finished a provisional third on the road to strengthen Double R’s hold on top spot in the Teams’ Cup stakes, but the BRDC Rising Star’s race was not without drama.
First, he was pitched around amidst contact with Williams at Brooklands, before charging back through the field in sublime style to latch on to the gearbox of Connor with a handful of laps remaining.
The pair ran side-by-side through Maggots, but contact on entry spun the Red Arrow into the gravel, missing Foster’s Double R car by centimetres.
With JHR’s Josh Skelton only ninth, ending his run of consecutive podium finishes, the final spot on the rostrum also puts Foster into a clear third overall in the title race.
Both could be eliminated from the running in the final race this afternoon if results go against them; Foster cannot finish lower than eighth, whilst Skelton will be out if he loses another 4.5 points relative to the championship lead.
Fortec Motorsport’s Roberto Faria put in a sublime drive to record fourth, with the Brazilian mastering the weather to record his best result of the campaign.
It could have been a maiden trip to the podium for teammate Mariano Martinez, but an unfortunate spin in the tough conditions curtailed his fantastic charge; regardless, it was certainly another great indicator the Mexican is taking strides forward.
Bart Horsten led the Arden charge after Connor’s misfortune, the Australian fifth by a clear margin ahead of Richardson Racing’s Luke Browning, always a strong performer in the wet.
Chris Lulham scored an impressive seventh-place finish in only his second start in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series, the result also sending the karting graduate to the Rookie Cup podium for the first time.
That came after fending off Snetterton race-winner Tommy Foster (Arden) and Skelton, that battle in turn separated by a mere 0.6 seconds.
Williams bounced back well from the earlier contact with Foster to round out the top ten and register a single point, but concedes fifth overall in the standings back to Horsten.
Alex Walker (JHR) was 11th ahead of the recovering Martinez; Abbie Munro (Arden) and Reema Juffali (Double R) round out the finishers.
The final race of the weekend gets underway at 15:55 (BST), with the action screened live on ITV4.
Provisional Result – Round 26
|1||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing||19 laps|
|2||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin||+1.243s|
|3||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing||+4.098s|
|4||Roberto FARIA (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+9.041s|
|5||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport||+10.098s|
|6||Luke BROWNING||Richardson Racing||+14.706s|
|7||Chris LULHAM||Fortec Motorsport||+16.480s|
|8||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+19.992s|
|9||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments||+20.641s|
|10||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||+23.620s|
|11||Alex WALKER (R)||JHR Developments||+29.277s|
|12||Mariano MARTINEZ||Fortec Motorsport||+29.806s|
|13||Abbie MUNRO||Arden Motorsport||+36.434s|
|14||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing||+42.360s|
|DNF||Alex CONNOR (R)||Arden Motorsport||+6 laps|