- High drama as title rivals Maloney and Alvarez clash at Luffield; both DNF.
- Louis Foster wins in the wet the race to throw himself right back into the title race.
- Rookie Cup win on debut for Chris Lulham; Double R seal Teams Cup title.
Louis Foster (Double R Racing) took a second lights-to-flag victory of the weekend in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Silverstone, as chief title rivals Zane Maloney (Carlin) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) retired in dramatic style after colliding at Luffield.
The BRDC Rising Star made a strong start from pole position and eased clear of the battle between Maloney and teammate Alvarez, the pair promoted into the top two after a sluggish getaway for JHR’s Josh Skelton.
The Bajan racer initially kept his rival at arm’s length, but gradually Alvarez reduced the arrears until the pair were running side-by-side down the Wellington Straight.
The Mexican opted for the outside line around Brooklands, but ran wide on the exit across the wet grass and mud and contact was made between the pair on the apex of Luffield.
That sent both title rivals into the gravel and out of the race, with huge permutations for the championship fight.
Foster managed the subsequent safety car restart comfortably and eased away once again as the rain resumed in Northamptonshire, extending his lead to some 1.3 seconds at the chequered flag.
The headline is that Foster moves to within 30 points – just over the equivalent of a race win – away from the pair heading into the final three rounds at Brands Hatch in a fortnight, with the win also enough to secure a maiden Teams Cup title for Double R Racing.
It also throws Skelton a lifeline and keeps the Motorsport UK Academy member in the hunt, 59.5 points adrift.
“We knew we were gonna be able to pull away like that, obviously there was a chance we wouldn’t, but we were pretty confident that we wouldn’t have a fight, which we didn’t,” explained Foster.
After the safety car came out, I was a little worried because it started raining loads and I wasn’t sure how my tyres were or where the grip would be so I was having to be conservative because I couldn’t afford a DNF in that race when my rivals had just crashed out so we needed to score highly.
“If Bart [Horsten] had started attacking properly then I would probably have just let him through because we just needed to get the points.
“At the start we just needed to manage the tyres because it was a drying track and they just destroy themselves when it’s dry so you couldn’t slide them at all, that meant I wasn’t pushing 100%.
“Overall it’s been a really good weekend and I can’t be any more pleased with it.”
Bart Horsten (Arden Motorsport) cut his way through the chaos to end the weekend on a high with second, strengthening the Australian’s grasp on fifth overall in the standings after a spin for JHR’s Carter Williams at Becketts on the opening lap.
Luke Browning (Richardson Racing) completes the podium after an almost trademark drive through the field in the wet, greasy conditions to record his first trip to the rostrum since Snetterton.
Fourth for Skelton prolongs his title hopes, with Chris Lulham (Fortec Motorsport) a tremendous fifth on his debut weekend, picking up a Rookie Cup victory in the process.
The Brit came alive in the wet conditions at the end of the race, relegating Tommy Foster (Arden) to sixth ahead of Lulham’s teammate Roberto Faria.
Alex Connor registered eighth, with Reema Juffali (Double R) and a recovering Williams rounding out the top ten.
Mariano Martinez (Fortec) and Abbie Munro (Arden) round out the finishers, with Maloney, Alvarez and Alex Walker (JHR) the retirees, the latter heading for the pit lane in the opening stages.
The F4 British Championship heads next to Brands Hatch, Kent, over the weekend of 12-13 October for the title decider.
Provisional Result – Round 27
|1||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing||17 laps|
|2||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport||+1.365s|
|3||Luke BROWNING||Richardson Racing||+3.054s|
|4||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments||+4.485s|
|5||Chris LULHAM (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+5.934s|
|6||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+6.602s|
|7||Roberto FARIA (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+7.155s|
|8||Alex CONNOR (R)||Arden Motorsport||+7.522s|
|9||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing||+7.709s|
|10||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||+8.374s|
|11||Mariano MARTINEZ||Fortec Motorsport||+13.068s|
|12||Abbie MUNRO||Arden Motorsport||+24.264s|
|DNF||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin||+10 laps|
|DNF||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing||+10 laps|
|DNF||Alex WALKER (R)||JHR Developments||+12 laps|