Double R Racing’s trio have underlined their happiness at a ‘great start to the year’ after extending their lead in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings at Donington Park.
Louis Foster made the headlines at the 1.98-mile Leicestershire circuit, recovering from a difficult start to take victory and become the first repeat winner of the campaign in the opener, before surviving late contact with Carlin’s Joe Turney and Redgate to win the ITV4-televised finale.
He also added to his podium tally in the reverse-grid contest in the interim, profiting from Carter Williams’ late misfortune at Coppice to round out the podium finishers in third, with the net result of all three races sending Foster 17 points clear of team-mate Sebastian Alvarez in the standings.
“Donington couldn’t have gone much better really; double pole, two wins and we walked away leading the championship,” summarised Foster.
“It’s important at this stage in the season to keep the points rolling in, its a long year and consistency is key so it was great in race two to bank a solid points haul. Double R and I are working really hard together, I couldn’t ask for a better team this year.
“I’d like to thank Copart and Vans Direct for their continued support, it’s been a great start to the year and I can’t wait to build on what we’ve started at Thruxton.”
The highlight for erstwhile championship leader Alvarez in the East Midlands proved to be second in the final race. Contact in the opener with the other Carlin car of Zane Maloney at Redgate dropped the Mexican back, though he would recover to ninth, whilst a hard-fought second race yielded fifth.
He remains second overall, though he will need to take the fight to Foster when the championship resumes at Thruxton – the UK’s fastest circuit – over the weekend of 18th-19th May.
“There were definitely positives to take from Donington, but I am just looking forwards now and focusing on achieving a strong round at Thruxton in a couple of weeks time. I know we have the pace to get the points, so it’s just going to be about me performing at the weekend,” commented Alvarez.
It also proved to be another positive step forward for Reema Juffali at Donington, who battled well to register three solid finishes – including her second points finish of the campaign with tenth in race two – to continue making strides towards the rest of the pack.
“I struggled to find the pace over the weekend, but I’m feeling more comfortable in the car. It’s a step in the right direction. Looking forward to Thruxton!” added Juffali.
The efforts of all three also means Double R extend their advantage in the Teams Cup, with an 81-point lead over Carlin as the Ford EcoBoost-powered series heads to Hampshire.