Champions drive secures Maloney the British F4 title in Brands Hatch finale

  • Champions drive from Zane Maloney to win final round and provisionally seal FIA British F4 title.
  • Unfortunate retirement for runner-up Sebastian Alvarez, but Mexican will take heart from a superb campaign.
  • Browning completes podium hat-trick; Connor claims a first trip to the rostrum.

Carlin’s Zane Maloney put in a drive worthy of a champion to provisionally claim the 2019 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title at the final hurdle at Brands Hatch.

The Bajan rising star made a blistering start from the second row, passing both Richardson Racing’s Luke Browning and Arden Motorsport’s Alex Connor to run second behind Double R racer Louis Foster on the run through Paddock Hill Bend.

His chief title rival Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) preserved fifth on the road in the opening exchanges, but a run off-circuit at Stirlings lost the Mexican momentum; JHR’s Josh Skelton got past at Paddock, before Arden’s Bart Horsten demoted Alvarez to seventh at Druids.

Maloney, meanwhile, set about applying the pressure to Foster at the front, with the race-deciding moment at Westfield; Foster ran a little wide on the exit of Hawthorn and Maloney made no mistake, cutting to the inside to seize a lead he would not relinquish.

Disaster for Alvarez then strengthened Maloney’s position, the Mexican forced to pull off on the exit of Druids with a mechanical problem; all Maloney needed to do now to secure the crown was finish inside the top seven.

In typical fashion, Maloney powered ahead in the closing stages to register a record-equalling tenth victory of the campaign by 1.2 seconds from Browning.

He maintains Carlin’s one-hundred percent record of winning the Ford EcoBoost-powered category, the eventual margin of victory in the standings 20 points.

Another off moment at Stirlings proved crucial in the race for the runner-up spot – this time Foster skirted across the grass and dropped back to sixth. Browning duly claimed the place and rounded out the season in style with a hat-trick of podiums in Kent.

Arden racer Connor will be elated with a first podium in the championship in third, having soaked up pressure late on from the slick-shod Carter Williams (JHR); the American made an impressive charge through the field on the opposite strategy, but a late spin cost him and he ended up at the back.

His team mate Skelton assumed his fourth position, leading home Horsten by a mere tenth of a second.

Foster remained in sixth, with Fortec Motorsport’s Mariano Martinez equalling his career best result in seventh just behind. Arden’s Tommy Foster, Fortec’s Roberto Faria and Double R racer Reema Juffali round out the points finishers; Abbie Munro was 11th.

So, the curtain comes down on the 2019 F4 British Championship – the most competitive season on record for Ford’s rising stars. Onwards to 2020…

Provisional Result – Round 30

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 Zane MALONEY (R) Carlin 12 laps
2 Luke BROWNING Richardson Racing +1.260s
3 Alex CONNOR (R) Arden Motorsport +2.635s
4 Josh SKELTON JHR Developments +6.583s
5 Bart HORSTEN Arden Motorsport +6.737s
6 Louis FOSTER Double R Racing +9.029s
7 Mariano MARTINEZ Fortec Motorsport +9.624s
8 Tommy FOSTER Arden Motorsport +10.237s
9 Roberto FARIA (R) Fortec Motorsport +12.620s
10 Reema JUFFALI Double R Racing +14.693s
11 Abbie MUNRO Arden Motorsport +15.360s
12 Carter WILLIAMS JHR Developments +16.385s
DNF Sebastian ALVAREZ Double R Racing +7 laps