PREVIEW: Next stop Knockhill for Ford’s rising stars

  • Ford’s rising stars head to Scotland with Maloney still out in front, but the gap significantly reduced over the past two meetings.
  • Twists and turns expected figuratively and literally with 1.26-mile Fife circuit among the greatest challenges on the calendar.
  • Carlin’s Maloney could wrap up the Rookie Cup this weekend in front of a capacity crowd and ITV4’s television cameras.

It’s getting harder than ever to predict a race winner in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, and with nine rounds to go that could yet throw a spanner in the works for the main title protagonists.

JHR undeniably make the journey north of the border to Knockhill as the team to beat after storming to a triple victory last time out at Thruxton, Carter Williams’ first two victories in the series book-ending a dramatic final corner win for team mate Josh Skelton in the reverse-grid contest.

It’s an impressive run of five consecutive podiums that have helped Skelton make a late break for championship contention, but another man to watch is Double R’s Sebastian Alvarez.

Heading into the summer break, the Mexican racer was 77 points behind current leader Zane Maloney (Carlin). Six races later, the deficit is down to just 37.

If the form book stays the same from now until Brands Hatch, we could be in for one heck of a showdown…

Maloney can mathematically secure the Rookie Cup this weekend with an advantage of 150 points by the end of the weekend – currently it stands at 163.5 over Alex Connor with 225 markers still on offer.

Don’t discount Alvarez’s team mate Louis Foster just yet either. A podium on home soil to round out the weekend in Hampshire could re-ignite his championship push, especially with some of the now-BRDC Rising Star’s favourite circuits ahead.

Eight different drivers have won a race this season – the others being Richardson Racing’s Luke Browning and Arden duo Bart Horsten and Tommy Foster – and their consistent performances could yet add a few more twists to the tale.

Locals to Knockhill will have a new name to cheer on this weekend in Abbie Munro, who makes her debut with Arden.

She will be looking to join in with some thrilling battles of late involving Fortec pairing Roberto Faria and Mariano Martinez, Double R’s Reema Juffali and JHR’s Alex Walker, though unfortunately the latter will sit out this weekend but be back for the final two rounds.

The message is clear – every point is well-earned in British F4 – and it’s time to stand up and be counted. Nine races to go…