Luke Browning pleased to take silverware from tough Donington weekend

Richardson Racing’s Luke Browning was pleased to end a difficult F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost triple-header at Donington Park on the podium, and expects the team to be back at the sharp end next time out at Thruxton.

A mechanical problem prevented the Cheshire-based racer from building on a fourth-place starting slot for the opening contest in Leicestershire, but he returned to the fray on Sunday and banked valuable points in ninth after duelling with JHR’s Josh Skelton and Fortec’s Mariano Martinez in race two.

He then ended the weekend on a high, claiming the final spot on the podium in the ITV4-televised final race, his third piece of silverware in 2019.

That kept him third overall in the standings, one point ahead of Arden Motorsport’s Bart Horsten and 45 adrift of standings leader Louis Foster.

“It’s great to end a difficult weekend with a podium finish and a great reward for the team for the hard work they have put in,” said Browning.

“The issues on Saturday really put us on the back foot and it made race two really tough starting from the back of the grid. I don’t think we could have got much more from that race than we did.

“Race three was really enjoyable and we showed we had strong pace to run at the front throughout. Even when I dropped away from the front three, I was confident that if I kept focused and pushed hard, I could close back in before the finish.

“Of course it would have been nice to take a win but I’m happy to be taking some silverware home and I hope we can add to that at Thruxton. I feel I’m improving in myself and I can head into the next round chasing some strong results.”

The championship resumes at Thruxton – the fastest circuit in the UK – over the weekend of 18th-19th May.