F4 British Championship title race heads to Knockhill with Florescu back on top

  • Florescu leads the way as motorsport’s brightest young talents head to Scotland.
  • Sennan Fielding (JHR Developments) and Luis Leeds (TRS Arden) look to be the most likely candidates to break Carlin stranglehold.
  • Fielding will want to carry superb Snetterton form into this weekend.
  • Alexandra Mohnhaupt (Falcon Motorsport) aiming to break into the top ten whilst Frank Bird (Fortec Motorsports) eyes more points.

11 AUGUST, 2016 – Petru Florescu arrives at Knockhill having regained the lead in the standings of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at Snetterton a fortnight ago. The Romanian claimed his fifth win of the season, recovering from a difficult qualifying and showing the steely determination which has made him a formidable competitor in 2016.

Florescu leads the way from Carlin team-mates Max Fewtrell and Devlin DeFrancesco. Both had differing fortunes last time out; the former bouncing back to finish on the podium in the final race, whilst the latter never finished off the podium all weekend. James Pull is another to watch following a qualifying breakthrough since the summer break.

JHR Developments driver Sennan Fielding took Snetterton by storm with two race victories and is a likely candidate to break the Carlin stranglehold at the top.

The same can be said of TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds who lies just 31 points adrift of Florescu. The double race winner failed to score as many points as he would have liked two weeks ago, but showed the kind of pace which suggests he’s a real threat.

With 52 points separating Leeds from the next driver in the standings, the fight for the title looks to have become a six horse race between the aforementioned drivers.

However, there’s a host of Ford EcoBoost-powered talent which could well crash the party; namely Fortec Motosport’s star rookies Alex Quinn and Nicolai Kjaergaard. The latter recently claiming a hat trick of Rookie wins.

Jamie Caroline had a weekend to forget last time out, whilst Frank Bird added another impressive top ten finish to his name.

Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard and TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins are both race winners and will be gunning for the top step again.

Jack Martin and Ayrton Simmons are hoping for a more straightforward weekend so they can really showcase their true pace. The same can be said of JHR’s Billy Monger who is more than capable of racing towards the sharp end of the grid.

Meanwhile the grid’s latest addition Alexandra Mohnhaupt arrives with newfound confidence after an impressive debut and will look to break into the top ten.

The Ford EcoBoost-powered action gets underway with three test sessions tomorrow ahead of official qualifying at 1105 and Round 19 of the Championship at 1635 on Saturday. The action then ramps up even more on Sunday with the second race of the weekend at 1100 and the final race starting at 1625 which will be screened live on ITV4.

Knockhill timetable
Friday 12 August
0940-1025, 1305-1350 & 1615-1655 Testing

Saturday 13 August
1105 Qualifying; 1635 Race 1

Sunday 14 August
1240 British F4 Driver Autograph Session
1100 Race 2; 1625 Race 3 LIVE ON ITV4

On TV – Live on ITV4 & itv.com/btcc Sunday 1625
On Radio – Listen to live circuit commentary on British F4 Radio.
Listen to interviews throughout the weekend here.