- Mexican racer claims maiden British F4 win in final race at Brands Hatch.
- Maloney triumphant again in the Rookie Cup stakes.
- Championship heads next to Donington Park over the weekend of 27th-28th
Sebastian Alvarez claimed victory in the final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race at Brands Hatch, holding off Carlin’s Zane Maloney in a race-long fight.
It marks the Double R Racing driver’s first victory in the Ford EcoBoost-powered category, completing a near-perfect weekend in which the Mexican racer stood on the podium in every race across the triple-header in Kent, and leaves with the championship lead.
The start proved crucial, with Alvarez holding the lead from pole position whilst Maloney and JHR’s Carter Williams squabbled over second, the American initially taking the place at Paddock Hill Bend before being forced to concede on the exit of Druids after Maloney got the switchback.
From thereon in, it was a game of cat-and-mouse at the front, with Alvarez and Maloney separated by a mere half a second for the majority of the race distance, cancelling one another out with different strengths over the course of the 1.2-mile lap.
Alvarez would extend his lead slightly in the closing exchanges, crossing the line 1.1 seconds clear to underline his title credentials for the season ahead.
“It’s definitely been a good weekend and it’s really nice to get my first win,” commented Alvarez.
“You can see from this result that all the winter preparation we’ve done with Double R Racing has paid off and we’ll keep working hard.
“The track was quite slippery and really abrasive on the tyres, at the end I was struggling a lot but I think everybody was.
“A big thank you to the team for all their work this weekend, now we go to Donington Park aiming to be just as competitive.”
Maloney was forced to settle for second behind Alvarez, though will be happy with another triumph in the Rookie Cup category.
Williams would eventually finish third, though he equally faced a stern test from race two winner Louis Foster, the second Double R machine thrilling television viewers nationwide with ITV Sport’s live, on-board camera as the pair diced over the final spot on the podium.
Tommy Foster bounced back from a frustrating middle race to score solid points in fifth as the leading Arden Motorsport car, with team-mate Bart Horsten behind after fending off Luke Browning to claim sixth and seventh respectively.
Fortec Motorsport’s Roberto Faria ended his first weekend in Ford’s winning formula in eighth after a late-race move on Carlin’s Joe Turney, who took ninth.
Mariano Martinez rounded out the points-paying positions in tenth for Fortec, with Reema Juffali eleventh.
Josh Skelton’s misfortune continued, the JHR racer finishing a lap down after a repeat of his race two contact with Turney at Druids left him in need of a trip to the pits for a replacement front wing.
The F4 British Championship heads next to Donington Park, in Leicestershire, over the weekend of 27th – 28th April.
Race Result – Round 3
|1||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing||26 laps|
|2||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin||+1.104s|
|3||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||+4.271|
|4||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing||+4.667s|
|5||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+8.804s|
|6||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport||+13.091s|
|7||Luke BROWNING||Richardson Racing||+13.224s|
|8||Roberto FARIA (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+17.293s|
|9||Joe TURNEY (R)||Carlin||+22.614s|
|10||Mariano MARTINEZ||Fortec Motorsport||+22.851s|
|11||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing||+41.047s|
|12||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments||+1 lap|