Luke Browning aiming to ‘come out fighting’ at Croft after mixed Thruxton weekend

Richardson Racing’s Luke Browning is aiming to “come out fighting” when the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost resumes at Croft next month after a weekend of highs and lows for the Cheshire-based racer at Thruxton.

Browning claimed a second victory of the campaign in superb style in the opening race, scything his way through to second from sixth on the grid by the end of the opening lap, including a bold move to the outside of the Club chicane.

He then repeated that manoeuvre on the very next tour of the 2.4-mile Hampshire speedbowl to take the race lead, and duly saw the chequered flag some 0.9 seconds clear of Carlin’s Zane Maloney, who would go on to win the latter two contests.

Contact from behind at the complex hampered Browning’s progress in race two, leaving the Richardson racer bound for the pit lane with a missing rear wing, whilst a spin at the same place in the ITV4-televised final contest prevented another charge through the field, with the Ginetta Junior graduate eventually taking ninth.

The net result of all three races at Thruxton means Browning now sits fifth overall in the standings, with a 49-point deficit to current leader Louis Foster as the series heads next to Yorkshire on 15th-16th June.

“It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get more from the weekend as a whole, but I’m delighted to have taken another win and know that I could well have had two if luck hadn’t gone against me,” said Browning.

“After qualifying, I knew we had a car that was capable of running at the front and to come through to win in race one like that was brilliant and showed that we can be a force to be reckoned with in all conditions after the win in the wet at Brands Hatch.

“I’m confident that we could have doubled up in race two had it not been for the contact that broke the rear wing but there was nothing I could do about it. Going into the complex, I just got hit from behind and it was certainly interesting to then find myself with no rear wing at the fastest track on the calendar!

“I’ve got to hold my hands up to a mistake in race three but there is nothing I can do about it now and I just have to put it behind me and come out fighting to Croft next time out. I had two solid podiums there last year in the Ginettas and hopefully we can at least repeat that this time around.”