JHR Developments continued their podium-scoring form in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost in the triple-header at Thruxton.
Series returnee Josh Skelton made a second visit of the 2019 campaign to the rostrum, taking third in an ultra-competitive race one around the 2.4-mile Hampshire circuit after battling back through despite some early struggles.
Solid points in the remaining two races further his charge back towards the sharp end of the standings, whilst Williams battled back from two mixed races at the start of the weekend to round out the action with a top-six finish in the finale.
Skelton said oversteer hampered his attempt for pole position, but was pleased nonetheless with his ability to move back through the pack once racing action got underway.
“We had a few issues with qualifying and a bit of oversteer just meant I couldn’t get that extra tenth for pole,” explained Skelton.
“I got boxed in off the line for race one but manged to make the places back up throughout the race, fought hard, and manged to get the podium. Race two I didn’t get off the line very well, made up a place or two but then someone’s rear wing came off and clipped my tyre which cost me a little bit.
“I put my head down and manged to finish fifth and then managed to take fifth again in race three.”
For Williams as with Skelton, qualifying proved to be the turning point of the weekend and the US-based racer believes the pace had been there to fight at the very front of the field.
“Qualifying was a bit disappointing. Josh and I had the pace to be on pole, I made a mistake and obviously was 0.2 off so started seventh which set the tone for race one,” he explained.
“I was just stuck in the middle of the field where I shouldn’t have been. It was looking alright, but I had a bit of an off on the last corner with another car so just ended up outside the points in 11th. Race two, I had a better set up and plan.
“I started off well, I made a couple of places but a few laps in I got spun and that was basically the end of the race for me. The last race I started fifth and just lost a position finishing sixth.”
Both Skelton and Williams will be hoping to add more silverware to their respective hauls when the championship resumes at Croft Circuit over the weekend of 15-16 June.