Luke Browning underlined his delight at Richardson Racing’s performance at the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season-opener at Brands Hatch, with the Cheshire-based racer taking his and the team’s first victory in the category.
Browning cut his way through the field amid wet conditions in the opening contest, taking the chequered flag some 3.7 seconds clear despite starting from the fifth row of the grid in tenth.
If not for contact on the final lap with Zane Maloney at Clearways, it could well have been two-for-two for Browning; as it turned out, a subsequent 22-second penalty from the stewards was reduced to 10, leaving him third in the final results.
He then cemented a strong weekend for Richardson with seventh in the final race around the 1.2-mile Kent circuit, leaving him 15 points adrift of early standings leader Sebastian Alvarez as the category heads next to Donington Park on 27th-28th April.
“It’s been an awesome weekend all round for the team,” said Browning.
“Qualifying was difficult but the first race was brilliant and to come through and win from tenth on the grid was unbelievable. It was all down to the hard work we have put in in pre-season testing and it really paid off.
“The car was phenomenal again in race two and it was unfortunate that we didn’t get the win that our pace deserved, and in race three, I did what I could but it came down to qualifying and it was a case of bagging the points as it’s a long season and there is still a lot of racing to come.
“To bounce back from where we qualified to come away from my first weekend in single-seaters with two podiums and my first win is great and I can’t thank the team enough for everything they have done. Special mention has to go to my mechanic Aaran and my driver coach Callan, but I’m fulfilling my dreams at the moment and long may it continue.”