JHR take commanding 1-2, Williams wins Thruxton finale

  • JHR make it a clean sweep at UK’s fastest circuit, Williams victorious ahead of Skelton.
  • Alvarez bests Maloney to cut championship lead to 37 points.
  • Popular podium for home hero Louis Foster to end difficult triple-header on a high.

JHR Developments completed the perfect weekend as Carter Williams held off late pressure from team-mate Josh Skelton to complete a 1-2 finish and pick up his second F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost victory of the weekend at Thruxton.

The decisive pass for the lead came from the start, with the Californian besting polesitter Luke Browning (Richardson Racing) and passing around the outside of Allard.

Skelton followed his team-mate through into second, with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) nearly demoting Browning from the podium slots at the Complex on the opening lap, but ultimately the Mexican had to slot back into fourth behind.

Championship leader Zane Maloney (Carlin) dropped back in the opening exchanges, with Arden Motorsport’s Bart Horsten seizing fifth at Cobb and Alvarez’s Double R stablemate Louis Foster soon put a move on both of them to put the Bajan racer down to seventh and assume fourth.

At the front, a superbly-executed strategy from the JHR pairing enabled them to make a clean break ahead of an ever-growing queue for third behind, still led valiantly by Browning.

Alvarez briefly held the position after a bold move to the outside of the chicane, but a fight back from Browning through Allard put Alvarez into the clutches of Horsten and Foster, and both duly moved ahead to put Alvarez sixth, just ahead of chief title rival Maloney.

A textbook move from Foster soon promoted him into the top three, getting the cutback on Browning out of the final chicane and powering past on the inside at Allard.

A high-speed spin for Browning then ended the Cheshire-based racer’s chances of silverware, rejoining at the tail end of the points-paying positions in ninth.

Out front, Williams and Skelton were split by a few tenths of a second, but the two team-mates ultimately opted for a stalemate and duly brought the cars home for a memorable 1-2 finish in front of a capacity crowd and ITV4’s television cameras in Cheshire.

“It was fantastic,” said an elated Williams.

“To get my first win in British F4 yesterday and to then back it up today and for the team to get a one-two finish. We came away as a team with rookie and overall podiums, with seven or eight trophies, it’s fantastic.

“I definitely knew he [Skelton] would try,” admitted the race winner about the lead battle.

“I knew I would have a little bit of pressure but we had a plan going in and if we were in that situation then we would wait towards the end to maybe make a move. Josh raced clean and credit to him.”

Foster made a welcome return to the rostrum in third at his home event, with Horsten ending a difficult weekend on a high with fourth. Alvarez held off Maloney for fifth and sixth respectively, cutting the latter’s points lead to 37 markers.

Horsten’s team-mates Tommy Foster and Alex Connor came next, with Browning ninth and Fortec Motorsport’s Roberto Faria nabbing the final point in tenth after a thrilling dice with Mariano Martinez, Reema Juffali and Alex Walker.

They finished in that order after incidents for Juffali and Walker, but both have shown fantastic continued progress this weekend and will be a force to be reckoned with when the championship resumes at Knockhill next month.

Provisional Result – Round 21

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 Carter WILLIAMS JHR Developments 16 laps
2 Josh SKELTON JHR Developments +0.342s
3 Louis FOSTER Double R Racing +5.209s
4 Bart HORSTEN Arden Motorsport +5.457s
5 Sebastian ALVAREZ Double R Racing +5.758s
6 Zane MALONEY (R) Carlin +8.653s
7 Tommy FOSTER Arden Motorsport +12.324s
8 Alex CONNOR (R) Arden Motorsport +16.767s
9 Luke BROWNING Richardson Racing +18.391s
10 Roberto FARIA (R) Fortec Motorsport +21.612s
11 Mariano MARTINEZ Fortec Motorsport +22.170s
12 Reema JUFFALI Double R Racing +38.075s
13 Alex WALKER (R) JHR Developments +59.784s