Zak O’Sullivan insists his approach remains unchanged as he prepares for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title decider at Brands Hatch this weekend [14-15 November].
The Carlin racer arrives at the 1.19-mile Kent circuit tied level on points with chief rival Luke Browning, but ahead by virtue of having two more race wins than the Fortec driver.
O’Sullivan’s form throughout the season has been that of a consistent front-runner, but a recent spell of podiums – eight on the bounce – including a double victory last time out at Snetterton have put him in charge of his own destiny, with regards to the 2020 title.
Outscoring Browning – and third-placed man Casper Stevenson – will be enough to see the 15-year old from Gloucestershire seal the crown in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series at the first attempt – but the man himself was quick to highlight the variables he’ll have to navigate first.
“The weekend will be entertaining, as it always is on the Brands Indy circuit,” said O’Sullivan.
“The chances of it being wet are very high at this time of year, so how the weekend goes will be more about what the weather throws up.
“When you’re testing at this time of year and it’s been raining or dewy overnight, the track doesn’t really dry until the end of the day. It will probably be the same here.
“Qualifying is going to be outrageously close, as it has been for most of the year. Even on the long GP circuit earlier in the season, I was less than half a tenth of a second ahead for pole position.
“I won’t really be changing my approach heading into the weekend. It’s another clean slate – there’s no pressure and I am really looking forward to it!”
O’Sullivan’s battle with Browning is also reflected in the Teams Cup fight, with Carlin currently holding a 28-point advantage over Fortec with three races left to run this year.
“I have worked really well with Carlin this year and have had their full support. We’ve had a really good relationship and it would be nice to take home both championships,” added O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan’s Top 3 Moments of 2020:
Media Day: “This was the first time I got to see the rest of the grid, and get a feel for who I would be racing this year. Everyone tends to hide away over the winter when they’re doing their testing, so it was good to see who I’d be up against.”
2) Brands Hatch GP: “This was the weekend when I got my first pole and took two wins. I really enjoyed the whole weekend and driving the circuit. It was my first opportunity to race Luke at the front, take the pressure and take two wins.”
1) “The fight back from minus 62 points to a razor thin lead in the championship has been thrilling and really exhilarating. Whatever the ultimate outcome, that will be my abiding memory of the season.”