Luke Browning’s excitement levels have reached fever pitch ahead of the 2020 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season finale at Brands Hatch this weekend [14-15 November].
Browning arrives at the 1.19-mile Kent circuit tied level on points with nearest rival Zak O’Sullivan, the Carlin racer currently ahead on countback by virtue of his eight wins compared to Browning’s six. Third-placed Casper Stevenson remains mathematically in the running, 48 points back with 75 left to play for.
Brands Hatch has been a happy hunting ground for the 18-year old in the past, with victories at each stage of his career, from Junior Saloons, through to Ginetta Juniors and into F4.
His maiden win in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series sticks long in the memory, Browning surging from tenth on the grid in the wet at Brands Hatch to score victory on his debut.
Browning’s six victories, plus a further eight podiums, have marked him out as one of Britain’s rising stars in single-seaters, but the overall title would cap off a season that has really put the Cheshire-based racer on the map.
His title fight with O’Sullivan is also reflected in the Teams Cup fight on Finals Day, with Browning’s Fortec squad looking to close the 28-point deficit to O’Sullivan’s Carlin across the final triple-header of the year.
“Looking ahead to the season finale, I couldn’t be more excited,” said Browning.
“Brands Hatch has traditionally been a successful track for me; it’s where I gained my first ever win back in 2016, and then went on to win there in Ginetta Juniors and British F4.
“I’ve had the last couple of weeks to remember how kind Brands Hatch has been to me in the past, and it would almost be like it was ‘meant to be’, winning the 2020 title at no other circuit than the one that put me on the map as a driver.
“I think the pressure is on for Carlin and O’Sullivan, as they’ve won it every year they have competed in the series. This could be the first year to take it out of their grasp, it’s an exciting prospect and one I think our team at Fortec is more than up for.”
Browning also underlined his desire to bring back the Teams Cup for his Fortec team alongside series returnee Roberto Faria.
“Fortec have been faultless all year and I want to give them the result they deserve, both in the Teams Cup and the Driver’s championship,” explained Browning.
“It’s awesome to have Roberto alongside me going into the last round, I’m sure he’ll be a great asset to us in our Teams Cup push. We’re not far behind, and his recent form in F3 has been fantastic, so I see no reason why we can’t take it.
“I’ve looked at the forecast, and the rain dance seems to have worked! This should be fun.”
Browning’s Top 3 Moments of 2020:
“I think doing the Triple Crown at Oulton Park, my home circuit, has to be top of the list; it’s a feeling I’ll never forget, and definitely the best day of my life.
“Grabbing the lap record at Knockhill was particularly amazing, with an almost perfect lap.
“My final one is Media Day; having been out of the car for over six months, with no testing, to jump into the Fortec car for the first time and be over half a second up the road gave me a lot of confidence going into the season, especially when my closest rivals had had 30-40 test days.
“It just reinforced what an awesome team I have around me, and showcased what we can achieve.”