- Perfection from Petru on his way to fourth win of the season.
- Fortec Motorsports’ Nicolai Kjaergaard claims maiden Rookie class victory.
OULTON PARK 5 JUNE, 2016 – Carlin’s Petru Florescu put on a perfect display to win the final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford race of the weekend at Oulton Park. It was a straightforward race for the Romanian star driver, as he cruised his way to his fourth race win of the season and a 22 point lead in the standings.
Holding off DeFrancesco at the start, coupled with clear air to pump in some fast laps out front meant that the experienced Florescu could take a commanding victory around the 2.2 mile Cheshire track. He finished ahead of team-mate DeFrancesco, who himself executed a fantastic race to keep the flying Florescu in his sights for the duration.
Said the race winner: “We had really good pace again and fastest lap as well. I just focused on trying to stay consistent and didn’t push too much. It was a lot easier to control the pace in clear air. I’m looking forward to Croft. It’s a track I like. I’m so happy with this result and this race. It’s great for my championship and I want to say a huge thanks to the team.”
Added DeFrancesco: “At Carlin we had a meeting before the race between all the engineers and drivers and we knew the race to turn one would determine the outcome so I gave it everything at the start. I had a really good launch off the line, but I probably needed just a metre more to get in front.
“We have scored very good points for the championship and made up a lot of ground. Obviously Petru is looking very strong, but we are definitely catching up to our rivals. Carlin have got the car setup perfectly. It feels almost unbeatable.”
Jamie Caroline took his second podium of the weekend courtesy of another electrifying start which saw him speed past Max Fewtrell and not for the first time this weekend was the quickest of the non-Carlin runners.
Commented Caroline: “I was the only one able to take it to Carlin in the race. I was pleased to be able to get a good start, especially as I had to get used to the new clutch so quickly after the issue we had with the old one in race two.
“I’m very surprised to get the start that I did because with every clutch the biting point varies a little bit. There wasn’t much more we could have done in the race. Looking ahead to Croft, it’s another circuit I like. We were testing there the other day and I was straight on the pace so I’m looking forward to it.”
Max Fewtrell put in another calm and considered performance in fourth to bring home a strong points haul essential in his quest for the title; whilst James Pull performed a brilliant overtaking manoeuvre for fifth on Alex Quinn at Old Hall on lap four. Quinn was to suffer further misfortune as a gearbox issue put an end to his race on the penultimate lap.
Old Hall was the scene of further action early on as Fortec Motorsports’ Frank Bird crashed out of the race having been in 11th – four places up from his starting position.
Meanwhile Patrik Matthiesen was another early casualty, having made the same mistake at Knickerbrook as Zane Goddard had in round 11. The latter claiming the final points paying position as scant consolation for a day that promised so much for the talented Aussie racer.
Race two winner Rafael Martins was the highest of the TRS Arden runners yet again in sixth; whilst Nicolai Kjaergaard put in an inspired performance to take his first Rookie class win and hold off a hard-charging Sennan Fielding for seventh place.
Explained Kjaergaard: “It was a really good race. It’s not the ideal way to take this Rookie win with Quinn dropping out, but a win is a win and I’ll take it. I knew Sennan was quick so I was a bit worried when I saw him in my mirrors, but I was able to keep him behind. Now I know that I can compete with the very best in British F4 and I will try to do the same at Croft.”
Despite having to settle for eighth, JHR’s Fielding was still able to showcase his overtaking prowess with an expertly judged pass into Old Hall on Ayrton Simmons on lap five.
Billy Monger provided some excitement late on in proceedings, making an uncharacteristic mistake by running wide and letting TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds and Jack Martin through.
The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford stars will be back in action in two weeks’ time at Croft circuit. Petru Florescu is sure to be riding a wave confidence after a brilliant time at Oulton Park. Having topped the times in testing at the North Yorkshire circuit earlier this week he will be many people’s tip for further success.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford
Provisional results Round 12 Oulton Park 5 June 2016
14 laps / 31.164 miles
1 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 19m 43.908s / 94.76mph
2 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +2.495s
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun + 6.047s
4 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +7.881s
5 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +8.883s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +21.312s
7 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +21.555s
8 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +21.892s
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +22.306
10 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +22.846s etc.
Fastest lap Petru Florescu 1m 23.735s / 95.70mph Est Rec
Rookie class 1 Kjaergaard, 2 Simmons, 3 Martin
Provisional championship standings
1 Florescu 158, 2 Fewtrell 136, 3 Pull 131, 4 Fielding 116, 5 Leeds 111, 6 DeFrancesco 109, 7 Quinn 100, 8 Caroline 95 9 Martins 84, 10 Monger 57 etc.
1 Quinn 251, 2 J. Martin 163, 3 Kjaergaard 136, 4 R. Martin 130, 5 Simmons 95