- Alvarez continues title fightback with second win of the weekend at Snetterton.
- Thrilling battle for the podium behind eventually decided in favour of Horsten and Skelton.
- Championship heads next to Thruxton in mid-August.
Sebastian Alvarez took a dominant victory in the final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Snetterton, as the Double R Racing driver continued his fightback in the title race.
The Mexican made a good start from pole position, fending off the early challenge from Arden’s Bart Horsten on the outside of Riches to retain the lead.
From thereon in, Alvarez went unchallenged and duly powered clear to register a second win of the weekend in Norfolk by over 14 seconds, cutting Zane Maloney’s championship lead to 54 points and moving into a clear second overall in the standings.
The focus turned to a thrilling battle over the runner-up spot, with Carlin racer Maloney initially besting the Australian on the outside of the Wilson Hairpin, but Horsten kept the power down around the outside of Palmer and retained second.
That allowed JHR’s Carter Williams to get a run on the Barbadian into Agostini, duly slotting up the inside for third on the road, with team-mate Skelton just unable to follow him through behind.
In attempting to pass Horsten for second, Williams ultimately dropped back to fifth in the space of a few corners, as first Maloney and then Skelton passed the American at Palmer and Agostini on the following tour of the 2.99-mile Norfolk circuit.
The decisive move for the final podium spot came from Skelton, with a sublime cutback through Riches allowing him to dive past Maloney at Wilson.
He then set about passing Horsten, but was ultimately forced to settle for a photo finish with an Arden car for the second race in a row, denied by just 0.034 seconds at the flag on this occasion.
That left Maloney to take fourth ahead of Williams, with British F4’s newest race-winner Tommy Foster sixth on the tail end of that fight.
Team-mate Alex Connor picked up another solid points finish in seventh, with Double R’s Louis Foster eighth after a titanic battle for the final few points-paying positions.
A quintet of cars – JHR’s Alex Walker, Fortec pairing Mariano Martinez and Roberto Faria, Double R’s Reema Juffali and the sole Richardson Racing entry of Luke Browning disputed ninth and tenth behind Foster.
It would be Walker that claimed ninth – and another trip to the Rookie Cup podium – with Martinez taking the final point ahead of Faria, Juffali and Browning – who was forced into the pit lane for a new nose cone and dropped back from the fight at half-distance.
The F4 British Championship heads next to Thruxton, Hampshire, over the weekend of 17th-18th August.
Provisional Result – Round 18
|1||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing||11 laps|
|2||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport||+14.086s|
|3||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments||+14.120s|
|4||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin||+14.687s|
|5||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||+14.976s|
|6||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+15.422s|
|7||Alex CONNOR (R)||Arden Motorsport||+18.099s|
|8||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing||+33.387s|
|9||Alex WALKER (R)||JHR Developments||+33.516s|
|10||Mariano MARTINEZ||Fortec Motorsport||+33.881s|
|11||Roberto FARIA (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+34.316s|
|12||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing||+34.886s|
|13||Luke BROWNING||Richardson Racing||+1:46.992s|