- Record-equalling fourth consecutive weekend for new championship leader Zane Maloney.
- Drama for title contender Sebastian Alvarez after ending ITV4-televised final race in the gravel at Clervaux.
- Podium double for Arden’s Bart Horsten brings the Australian back into the championship picture.
Zane Maloney extend his winning run to four races in the ITV4-televised final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Croft to take the points lead.
Another perfect getaway and a successful safety car restart set the tone for Maloney’s triumph, with the Carlin racer victorious by some 2.3 seconds over erstwhile points leader Louis Foster (Double R Racing) to take a fourth consecutive win in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series and equal his driving coach Jamie Caroline’s record from his title-winning 2017 campaign.
“It’s just going perfectly so far,” summed up Maloney after the race.
“Jamie [Caroline] is one of my great friends, I’ll be messaging him later to ask how he’s doing! The team has just been doing an amazing job, it’s nice to also take four victories in a row with Carlin like Jamie did. Most of it is because of my team, my coaches, my sponsors – I do the on-track part, but all the off-track part is done by them.
“It was quite comfortable, but I was still pushing one hundred percent, I will never back off unless we have another race to save the tyres.
“I’ve been to Oulton Park once, only for one day, but I love the track. As a racing driver, you need to be quick at every track, so hopefully my driving style will be up there and I hope to get a couple more wins, podiums and just do the best possible job I can.”
Arden Motorsport’s Bart Horsten completed the podium after another bold move to the outside of Foster’s team-mate Sebastian Alvarez on the run into Clervaux on the opening lap, before the Mexican’s race ended in the gravel at the same corner a lap later after out-braking himself.
That could prove costly in the bid for the title race, dropping Alvarez some 33 and 28 points respectively behind the lead duo.
A fast-starting Joe Turney therefore inherited fourth on the road after making quick progress through the field from the fourth row of the grid in the opening exchanges, and nearly usurped Horsten for third after the safety car stoppage, taking the chequered flag line-a-stern behind the Australian.
Horsten’s team-mates Tommy Foster and Alex Connor completed the top six, with Luke Browning fending off JHR Developments’ Carter Williams for seventh and eighth respectively.
Fortec Motorsport duo Mariano Martinez and Roberto Faria round out the top ten, and then came those in strife.
Josh Skelton ended a frustrating weekend off-circuit on the exit of the chicane with Faria, but unlike the Brazilian could not continue and was forced into retirement, whilst the third Double R machine of Reema Juffali couldn’t get going at the formation lap and did not start.
The championship heads next to Oulton Park (Island) over the weekend of 29th-30th June.
Provisional Result – Round 12
|1||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin||12 laps|
|2||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing||+2.365s|
|3||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport||+3.253s|
|4||Joe TURNEY (R)||Carlin||+3.391s|
|5||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+5.789s|
|6||Alex CONNOR (R)||Arden Motorsport||+6.722s|
|7||Luke BROWNING||Richardson Racing||+11.066s|
|8||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||+11.304s|
|9||Mariano MARTINEZ||Fortec Motorsport||+11.714s|
|10||Roberto FARIA (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+19.564s|
|DNF||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing|
|DNF||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments|
|DNF||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing|