Casper Stevenson scored his and Argenti Motorsport’s maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with a controlled drive in the final race at Silverstone.
Stevenson stormed through to the race lead on the inside of Arden’s Alex Connor at Copse on the opening lap and from there was never headed, managing the gap behind and a safety car restart to take the chequered flag 0.852 seconds clear.
The result marks his first win in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series and a maiden triumph for Argenti – a new team to the grid for 2020 – and also means every team in the field has now taken a turn on the top step of the podium this season.
Connor held Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan at arm’s length to secure the runner-up spot; O’Sullivan temporarily fell behind chief title rival Luke Browning (Fortec) at the start, but responded a few corners later, hanging around the outside of Brooklands to secure the inside from Luffield.
Browning had briefly been under fire from JHR’s James Hedley in the opening exchanges, but a move to the inside at Becketts by Hedley’s team mate Abbi Pulling resulted in contact, and the BRDC Rising Star fell to the back of the field.
He would respond to start cutting his way back through the order, but went straight on at Luffield, causing the aforementioned safety car, and had to retire with 8 minutes left on the clock.
Pulling continued, but lost ground as Christian Mansell (Carlin), Frederick Lubin (Arden) and Reema Juffali (Argenti) all moved past to assume positions sixth through eighth on the road.
What followed was arguably the battle of the race, Juffali defending valiantly from both JHR cars. The pair ran nose-to-tail and side-by-side for the majority of the race, the contest eventually settled in Pulling’s favour.
That put her sixth in the result behind Roman Bilinski (Arden), whilst the other Red Arrow, Frederick Lubin was unlucky not to end the weekend in Northamptonshire on the top step of the Rookie Cup podium.
A wide moment for the #78 on the exit of Becketts allowed Mansell to seize the advantage, and the Aussie duly powered to an eighth class victory of the campaign.
Carlin’s Matias Zagazeta rounded out the top ten, and the Rookie podium, with Juffali and Lubin eighth and ninth respectively ahead.
After a short break, the F4 British Championship returns to action at Croft, Yorkshire, over the weekend of 10-11 October.
Race Result – Round 18
|1||Casper STEVENSON||Argenti Motorsport||21 laps|
|2||Alex CONNOR||Arden Motorsport||+0.852s|
|4||Luke BROWNING||Fortec Motorsport||+4.456s|
|5||Roman BILINSKI||Arden Motorsport||+4.910s|
|7||Abbi PULLING||JHR Developments||+5.878s|
|8||Reema JUFFALI||Argenti Motorsport||+6.143s|
|9||Frederick LUBIN||Arden Motorsport||+6.749s|
|DNF||James HEDLEY||JHR Developments||+10 laps|