- JHR make it a double victory in Hampshire as Skelton provisionally wins from Foster and Alvarez.
- Points leader Maloney wins on the road, but demoted to fifth with a 10-second penalty for an adjudged false start.
- Action aplenty – expect more of the same on ITV4 tomorrow at 13:45!
Josh Skelton made it a provisional double for JHR Developments in an eventful second F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race at Thruxton, with pole-sitter Zane Maloney dropping from first to fifth after a 10-second time penalty.
The Carlin racer was adjudged to have made a false start and, though he held on to the race lead from the start and maintained the advantage thereafter, the penalty drops the championship leader from to fifth in the provisional result.
That left a tremendous fight between Arden Motorsport’s Tommy Foster and JHR racer Skelton for the de-facto lead and second on the road.
The battle reached a crescendo at the chicane on the final lap, with the pair running side-by-side through the corner, over the kerb, then the grass and finally out onto the main straight to greet the chequered flag.
Skelton emerged ahead, taking the win by just under half a second on corrected times after Maloney’s penalty – the Bajan racer had crossed the line 2.7 seconds clear of that scrap.
“After getting a good start, it was all about putting my head down to catch Foster in front,” explained Skelton.
“I was focusing on being very consistent and managed to slowly close the gap in. Coming onto the final lap, I knew it was the closest I had been all race.
“I got a good run up the hill into the last corner and managed to get around the outside. A massive thank you to JHR Developments for all their hard work.”
Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) bogged down a little at the start and lost ground, but the Mexican regained composure and began to work his way back through the field, ultimately passing Richardson Racing’s Luke Browning for a net third.
That erodes a little more of Maloney’s championship lead, with Alvarez now 39 markers behind with ten races left to run.
Behind Maloney was race one winner Carter Williams, who charged back through from a spin at the chicane to record sixth at the flag and continue his recent good form.
Just behind, another thrilling battle for the final few points-paying positions was played out, with Fortec Motorsport’s Roberto Faria the triumphant party in seventh.
Double R’s Reema Juffali took a career-best eighth behind after another strong step forward, with the top ten rounded out by Alex Walker (JHR) and Mariano Martinez (Fortec) – the former yet again on the Rookie Cup rostrum.
Alex Connor was eleventh after being forced to stop for a new front wing, whilst both Louis Foster and Bart Horsten were sidelined, the former with a puncture and the latter with suspected overheating after returning to pit lane with grass in the sidepods.
The ITV4-televised final race of the weekend is scheduled to get underway at 13:45 BST tomorrow.
Provisional Result – Round 20
|1||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments||16 laps|
|2||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+0.435s|
|3||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing||+3.327s|
|4||Luke BROWNING||Richardson Racing||+5.708s|
|5||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin||+7.260s*|
|6||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||+14.095s|
|7||Roberto FARIA (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+15.831s|
|8||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing||+19.854s|
|9||Alex WALKER (R)||JHR Developments||+21.432s|
|10||Mariano MARTINEZ||Fortec Motorsport||+47.527s|
|11||Alex CONNOR (R)||Arden Motorsport||+1:03.683s|
|DNF||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing|
|DNF||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport|
*denotes 10-second time penalty.