Luke Browning reflected on a “weekend to remember” after coming away from Oulton Park with a hat-trick of victories and the lead in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings.
The Kingsley-based racer made history on home turf after becoming only the third-ever driver to win all three races in a single weekend, and with it opened up a 22-point advantage over Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan after nine races.
He opened the weekend in perfect fashion, beating JHR’s James Hedley down to Old Hall before sending his Fortec challenger around the outside, and from there establish a comfortable lead en route to victory.
Sunday’s reverse-grid contest brought difficult conditions, and drama to match. Browning triumphed again, this time after surviving last-lap contact with Arden’s Alex Connor down The Avenue. A post-race review determined neither driver was at fault, and Browning’s win stood. Two down, one to go.
From pole position in the ITV4-televised finale, Browning rounded out the weekend in emphatic style, keeping Hedley at arm’s length to secure a lights-to-flag victory, and with it his own slice of British F4 history.
“That was certainly a weekend to remember! To be able to get the ‘triple crown’ is an amazing feeling, especially at my home circuit,” said Browning.
“Coming into the weekend we knew we had a great chance to get our first victory of the season but getting all three was never going to be easy! But that only made it all the sweeter when we achieved it.
“To be able to grab the championship lead and then extend the gap out front in the final race was amazing too, and Roberto and I scored some great points for the Teams Cup too. We couldn’t ask for much more really.
Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series heads next to the ultra-challenging Knockhill circuit, in Fife, for another action-packed triple header on 29-30 August.
For Browning, the objective is simple; aim for a repeat performance.
“Knockhill is an awesome circuit so I can’t wait to race there this weekend. We’ll be hoping for more of the same!”