- Carlin racer takes a seventh win on the spin and wins £10,000 Ford Triple Crown Award.
- Result extends Maloney’s championship lead to 55 points before the summer break.
- Thrilling battle for fourth eventually decided in favour of local hero Luke Browning.
Zane Maloney made it a clean sweep in the final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Oulton Park, earning the Carlin racer the £10,000 Ford Triple Crown Award in the process.
The Barbadian racer made a strong start and managed pressure from JHR’s Josh Skelton and a safety car restart to take the chequered flag X seconds clear to spark scenes of jubilation on the Carlin pit wall.
That result extends Maloney’s winning streak in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series to seven races on the spin, and means he heads into the championship’s summer break a comfortable 55 points ahead of closest rival Louis Foster (Double R Racing).
For Skelton, it was very much a race of two halves, with the Cumbrian racer dropping back early on but applying pressure to Maloney in the closing stages after several fastest laps in quick succession.
Ultimately, he couldn’t make a move, but held on for his second podium of the weekend as he continues to climb the championship standings.
Sebastian Alvarez had a fairly lonely run to third on the road for Double R, keeping pace with Maloney and Skelton prior to the safety car stoppage but unable to match them thereafter.
That safety car stoppage came after two incidents, the first being Joe Turney’s Carlin car stuck in the barriers on the exit of Lodge after an opening lap clash with Foster, the contact pitching Turney’s car slightly off ground and across the front of Foster before heading straight on into the barrier.
The second was between Fortec Motorsport’s Roberto Faria and Arden Motorsport’s Tommy Foster. The Brazilian locked up on the inside heading into Island Hairpin but made the move stick, but the two collided on the exit and headed right onto the grass and into the tyres.
Foster would rejoin the race, albeit after stopping for a replacement front wing, but Faria was ruled out on the spot.
That set up what would become arguably the battle of the races for positions fourth through eighth. The only change for position initially was Alex Connor on team-mate Bart Horsten, the Arden racer taking sixth on the outside of Old Hall.
The two made contact at Knickerbrook later around the lap, causing some minor damage to Horsten’s front wing. Foster suffered likewise after clashing with Browning at Lodge on the final lap, but the Richardson Racing driver held on by a mere 0.002s in a near dead-heat at the line.
Connor duly took sixth ahead of Horsten and Alex Walker, JHR’s newcomer ending his first weekend in British F4 on a high with a first podium in the Rookie Cup and a handful of points.
The sole surviving Fortec entry of Mariano Martinez took ninth, with Double R’s Reema Juffali rounding out the points scorers in tenth.
Carter Williams was forced off circuit at Old Hall on the opening lap and could only salvage eleventh from what has otherwise been a solid weekend at Oulton Park, with Tommy Foster twelfth and a lap down.
The championship now heads into the summer break, before reconvening at Snetterton over the weekend of 3rd-4th August.
Round 15 – Provisional Result
|1||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin||12 laps|
|2||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments||+0.532s|
|3||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing||+3.741s|
|4||Luke BROWNING||Richardson Racing||+11.575s|
|5||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing||+11.577s|
|6||Alex CONNOR (R)||Arden Motorsport||+11.730s|
|7||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport||+15.368s|
|8||Alex WALKER (R)||JHR Developments||+15.546s|
|9||Mariano MARTINEZ||Fortec Motorsport||+18.355s|
|10||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing||+18.915s|
|11||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||+23.197s|
|12||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+1 lap|
|DNF||Roberto FARIA||Fortec Motorsport||+11 laps|
|DNF||Joe TURNEY||Carlin||+12 laps|