Arden Motorsport trio Alex Connor, Bart Horsten and Tommy Foster are aiming for further success after the team’s first silverware of the new season in last weekends F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost triple-header at Donington Park.
Bart Horsten made the headlines with a first podium – then a first victory in Ford’s winning formula during the reverse-grid contest in the East Midlands, a bold move to the inside of JHR’s Carter Williams and some stern defending from Carlin’s Joe Turney enough to secure the Australian top spot.
Those results put him back into the title frame, leaving him fourth overall in the standings heading to Thruxton – the UK’s fastest circuit.
“The weekend at Donington Park was a massive step forward for me in British F4 and my racing career,” said Horsten.
“I had a difficult start on Thursday, struggling to find my bearings in practice and a was a long way off the pace. Saturday morning qualifying was not much easier for me, as on a drying track I ran off in the crucial final laps, which would see me start eighth in race one and tenth for race three.
“Things started to go my way and despite being caught up in incidents I managed to bring the car home in third at the end of race one to bag my first podium.
“Winning race two was unexpected and extremely validating for me and the team. I was thrilled to take my first win in British F4 and it was so exciting to celebrate it with the Arden team and was a just reward for all their hard work.
“I had hoped for more in the last race but overall I am very happy with the way the weekend turned out.”
Team-mate Alex Connor acquitted himself well on his debut, scoring a hat-trick of Rookie Cup podiums – including a class win – as well as three top-five finishes overall.
He paid tribute to the level of Arden Motorsport’s development programme and preparation, regarding his first three races in Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series as just reward for the effort put in so far.
“My debut weekend has been amazing,” said Connor.
“All the hard work that was put in during the pre-season – at the track, back at the factory and on the physical and mental side, really helped as I was able to be competitive from the start.
“I was gaining confidence with each race and the last race was my best of the weekend- fifth overall for the second time in the weekend and to achieve my first Rookie Cup win was just amazing.”
For Tommy Foster the trip to Leicestershire proved frustrating after contact hampered his efforts, but has resolved to come back fighting when the Red Arrows next take to the circuit at Thruxton over the weekend of 18th-19th May.
He is also buoyed by having time on his side, with 24 races still left to run and plenty of opportunities still on the table to propel himself back into title contention.
“A very disappointing weekend – not the result we were hoping for,” he explained.
“I was happy with qualifying third but knew there was more to give. Contact in the first two first races led to some disappointing results but I was looking forward to a strong end to the weekend, starting fourth.
“I let the team down rounding the last chicane, resulting in a trip to the barriers. I’m determined to move forward to the next meeting, the championship is a marathon not a sprint.”