- Williams makes it a ‘Magnificent Eight’ race-winners in Ford’s winning formula for 2019.
- JHR racer seizes lead at Complex and powers clear to win by 3.5s, Alvarez and Skelton complete podium.
- Time penalty for points leader Maloney, but Carlin racer on pole for Race 2 at 17:20 BST.
Carter Williams made it eight different race winners in the 2019 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season after an emphatic maiden victory in an entertaining opening race at Thruxton.
The Californian made a good start and took the lead from pole-sitter Luke Browning (Richardson Racing) after sticking it out around the outside of Campbell and ducking to the inside at Cobb, and from there he went unchallenged.
Breaking the tow to the pack behind, the JHR racer extended his advantage to an eventual 3.5-second lead and powered home to register his maiden win in the Ford EcoBoost-powered category.
“It feels fantastic,” said an elated Williams.
“I’m ecstatic, I felt great. The car was a bit loose, the touring car rubber does something funky to the track so you could definitely feel that going around on the new tarmac.
“We knew we were quick in practice and on old tyres we had mega pace so I just knew to get out front in the first couple of laps and just drive away.”
Williams’ closest challenger had been points leader Zane Maloney (Carlin), the Bajan racer charging through into the runner-up spot on the opening tour of the 2.7-mile Hampshire circuit.
There he stayed until the closing stages, when a 5-second time penalty for allegedly exceeding track limits put Maloney down to sixth in the final reckoning.
Crucially, therefore, second went to Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez – Maloney’s closest challenger in the title race – and the points deficit between the two is duly reduced to 44 markers.
The Mexican earnt that spot after a thrilling duel with Williams’ JHR team-mate Josh Skelton, the two dicing and swapping positions almost lap-on-lap throughout.
Alvarez also put an ultimately unnecessary move on Maloney at the chicane for good measure, with Skelton rounding out the top three to register yet another trip to the podium.
Browning eventually finished fourth after dropping back in the early stages, but will have another chance to score his third win of the campaign in tomorrow’s ITV4-televised final contest.
Tommy Foster (Arden) claimed fifth ahead of Maloney, with team-mate Alex Connor just behind in the second of the three Red Arrows.
Alex Walker (JHR) took eighth after a fascinating fight with Double R’s Reema Juffali and Fortec’s Mariano Martinez, the Bedford-based racer on the Rookie Cup rostrum yet again.
Juffali took ninth, with Martinez eleventh after dropping behind Fortec team-mate Roberto Faria late on.
Local hero Louis Foster finished a frustrated twelfth after pitting for a new front wing, with Bart Horsten (Arden) the only non-finisher.
The second race of the weekend is due to get underway at 17:20 BST, with Maloney on reverse-grid pole position.
Provisional Result – Round 19
|1||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||16 laps|
|2||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing||+3.569s|
|3||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments||+4.659s|
|4||Luke BROWNING||Richardson Racing||+7.925s|
|5||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+10.413s|
|6||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin||+10.672s|
|7||Alex CONNOR (R)||Arden Motorsport||+12.857s|
|8||Alex WALKER (R)||JHR Developments||+22.799s|
|9||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing||+23.668s|
|10||Roberto FARIA (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+25.208s|
|11||Mariano MARTINEZ||Fortec Motorsport||+26.157s|
|12||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing||+1:14.316s|
|DNF||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport|