- Double R end Knockhill weekend with a 1-2 finish, Foster ahead of Alvarez.
- Suspected broken driveshaft on formation lap prevents Maloney from taking start.
- Alex Connor victorious for Arden in the Rookie Cup.
- Championship gap between Maloney and Alvarez down to just 15 points heading to Silverstone.
Louis Foster returned to the top step of the podium in a dramatic final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Knockhill as points leader Zane Maloney (Carlin) hit trouble on the formation lap.
A suspected broken driveshaft prevented the Bajan ace from taking up pole position, giving Double R duo Foster and Sebastian Alvarez – Maloney’s chief title rival – clear track ahead on the run to Duffus Dip.
The pair made a level start and held the status quo at the front, with JHR duo Josh Skelton and Carter Williams slotting in behind in third and fourth.
An early safety car threw Alvarez a second opportunity to wrest the lead from Foster after Roberto Faria’s Fortec machine was left stranded on the exit of the Arnold Clark Chicane, but the BRDC Rising Star was unmoved at the restart and opened up a small enough gap to retain the lead.
The restart did bring Luke Browning (Richardson Racing) into play at the front, but as Williams’ JHR was forced on the defensive, team mate Skelton set a new fastest lap and began to reel in Alvarez.
Though Skelton tried, he ultimately couldn’t find a way through in an evenly-matched top three, leaving Foster to take the chequered flag 0.9 seconds clear, with Alvarez second and Skelton third, an incredible eighth successive podium for the Motorsport UK Academy member.
Crucially in the championship, that reduces Maloney’s advantage over Alvarez from 33 to just 15 points, with Skelton and Foster now 60.5 and 67 markers behind respectively.
Browning registered a solid fourth to cap off a triple points-score in Fife this weekend, with Williams rounding out the top five.
Tommy Foster led Arden Motorsport’s charge in fifth ahead of team mate Alex Connor, the latter a winner once again this weekend in the Rookie Cup stakes.
Reema Juffali (Double R) bounced back from a frustrating middle race to score more points in eighth, fending off Arden’s Abbie Munro by just over half a second.
Bart Horsten rounds out the top ten after being forced to pit for a new front wing, with Roberto Faria (Fortec) the final of the eleven finishers.
Mariano Martinez was forced to pit early and more technical problems on the exit of Clark’s forced him to retire from the race, whilst Maloney eventually joined the race with twelve minutes to go, but eight laps down is not classified.
The F4 British Championship heads next to Silverstone, Northamptonshire, over the weekend of 28th-29th September.
Provisional Result – Race 3
|1||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing||23 laps|
|2||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing||+0.978s|
|3||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments||+1.508s|
|4||Luke BROWNING||Richardson Racing||+7.234s|
|5||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||+10.467s|
|6||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+12.690s|
|7||Alex CONNOR (R)||Arden Motorsport||+12.895s|
|8||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing||+30.090s|
|9||Abbie MUNRO||Arden Motorsport||+30.630s|
|10||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport||+43.753s|
|11||Roberto FARIA (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+1 lap|
|DNF||Mariano MARTINEZ||Arden Motorsport|
|NC||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin|