Luke Browning victorious again after dramatic last-lap contact with Maloney

  • Richardson Racing driver doubles up at Brands Hatch after dramatic last corner contact with Zane Maloney.
  • Joe Turney takes the honours in the Rookie Cup, with several drivers putting in weekend-best performances.
  • Final race from Kent scheduled to get underway at an amended time of 16:10, screened live to the nation on ITV4.

Luke Browning has provisionally extended his advantage in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings after surviving dramatic last-corner contact with Zane Maloney to win the second race at Brands Hatch.

The Richardson Racing driver made his way through the field in sublime fashion once again, rising to fourth behind Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez, Carlin’s Zane Maloney and race-leader Joe Turney in the opening exchanges.

A safety car to recover Bart Horsten’s stricken Arden Motorsport machine at Clearways bunched the field up, with a mistake by Turney at the restart, skating wide through the gravel on the exit of Paddock Hill Bend, handing team-mate and Rookie Cup points leader Maloney the lead on the run up Hailwoods Hill.

Browning also capitalised on Turney’s misfortune, dispatching him for third at Paddock on the following lap before setting off after Maloney, some 1.9 seconds further up the road.

That gap reduced incrementally over the following nine laps around the 1.2-mile Indy circuit, with the pair virtually inseparable heading onto the final lap.

Contact was made heading into the final corner at Clearways as Browning looked to the inside, with Maloney pitched into a spin and facing the wrong way on the exit of the gravel trap.

Browning continued unaffected to take the chequered flag and extend his lead in the Drivers’ standings to 17 points. He also marks the first time the same driver has won the opening two rounds of the season since the championship was renamed MSA Formula in 2015, and then later British F4.

His victory does, however, remain subject to judicial proceedures after the matter was referred to championship stewards after the race.

“We had such a bad start and to come back through the field like that is awesome,” said Browning.

“Once again, I have to thank the team at Richardson Racing – they are absolutely phenomenal.

“We went out thinking ‘that was a great race [yesterday], but let’s not get our hopes up too much and we’ve properly proved it now. We expect to be at the front all the time.

“It’s so hard in the changeable conditions. Yesterday we were taking wet lines, today it’s dry lines; it all just depends on where the dry patch is and whoever finds that the quickest is going to be the fastest.

Louis Foster came out on top of a thrilling dice with Double R Racing team-mate Sebastian Alvarez to claim the runner-up spot – his first silverware in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series.

The battle, which culminated in minor damage to Foster’s front-wing after slight contact at the final corner on one occasion, simmered down as the race wore on, the pair split by 2.3 seconds at the flag to earn a double podium finish for the reigning champions.

Turney ended a rollercoaster of a race in fourth, his consolation a first victory in the Rookie Cup stakes, with Fortec Motorsport’s Roberto Faria a strong fifth.

Maloney eventually made it out of the gravel to cross the line seventh, with JHR Developments’ Carter Williams surging forward late race to take a weekend-best sixth.

Mariano Martinez was eighth, with Reema Juffali scoring her first points in Ford’s winning formula behind in ninth. Tommy Foster rounded out the top ten in the surviving Arden car, a credible result via the pit lane after an early-race brush with the barrier at Surtees.

Josh Skelton (JHR) was forced into retirement at half-distance after contact with Turney at Druids, with Horsten the other DNF after sliding off line at Clearways dipping the left-rear tyre on the white painted lines and spinning before coming to rest beached in the gravel.

The final race of the weekend at Brands Hatch is scheduled to get underway at an amended time of 16:10 and will be screened live nationwide on ITV4.

Race Result – Round 2

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 Luke BROWNING Richardson Racing 22 laps
2 Louis FOSTER Double R Racing +4.641s
3 Sebastian ALVAREZ Double R Racing +7.009s
4 Joe TURNEY (R) Carlin +10.390s
5 Roberto FARIA (R) Fortec Motorsport +11.136s
6 Carter WILLIAMS JHR Developments +11.419s
7 Zane MALONEY (R) Carlin +19.066s
8 Mariano MARTINEZ Fortec Motorsport +29.384s
9 Reema JUFFALI Double R Racing +29.538s
10 Tommy FOSTER Arden Motorsport +1 lap
Josh SKELTON JHR Developments DNF
Bart HORSTEN Arden Motorsport DNF