Zane Maloney and Joe Turney are both feeling confident heading to Thruxton despite a mixed weekend in the last F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost meeting at Donington Park.
The highlight of the weekend in Leicestershire for the Carlin duo is undoubtedly Turney’s first podium finish in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series and a hat-trick of solid points for Barbados racer Maloney, though Turney could have been celebrating a first race victory – and the £5,000 Ford Rookie Award – if not for dramatic last-lap contact with Double R’s Louis Foster at Redgate in the ITV4-televised final race.
Despite their misfortune, the pair lock out the top two positions in the Rookie Cup heading to Thruxton – the UK’s fastest circuit – with the team in confident mood after setting the pace there in testing recently.
“Round two at Donington was a very unlucky one,” summarised Maloney.
“In qualifying we got messed up by red flags and from then on we were on the back foot because of it. We also had a lot of bad luck in the races too. Overall, I think the team, my coach Kieren and everyone worked really well together. So I’m very confident we’ll be back at the front in Thruxton”
Turney was also pleased with his own performance, especially on a circuit he hadn’t competed at before free practice on Thursday prior to the race weekend.
“Donington was a very strong weekend for us,” he explained.
“Despite it being our first time at the circuit we had very good speed straight away and managed a fourth, second and an unlucky DNF after leading race three.
“I couldn’t be any happier with the Carlin team who have helped me feel at home with the new car and championship instantly, I really feel that I’m starting to rapidly grow in confidence and experience which will hopefully bring more exciting races to the championship!”
The championship resumes at Thruxton over the weekend of 18th-19th May.