Zane Goddard doubles up for Double R at Silverstone

  • Goddard overtakes Fielding and Leeds to win thriller.
  • Fielding’s podium ensures he leaves Silverstone leading the championship.
  • Simmons triumphs in Rookie class for third time this season.

SILVERSTONE 18 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – For the second time this weekend Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard proved to be the class of the field on his way to victory in Round 27 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

Goddard had his work cut out starting from third on the grid behind formidable title contenders Sennan Fielding and Luis Leeds, but he made it look easy with two superb overtaking manoeuvres.

After the start it seemed that compatriot Leeds might well scamper off into the distance. The Red Bull Junior making a lightning getaway off the line from pole, the best of any driver, and set about trying to build a gap.

Fielding and Goddard were having none of it though. Leeds was unable to escape their clutches and perhaps with no title fight to worry about, Goddard was the driver to seize the initiative dispatching Fielding. The Australian then made full use of his Ford EcoBoost power to pull alongside Leeds on Wellington straight and take the decisive inside line into Brooklands for the lead. Once clear Goddard looked calm and in control on his way to victory number four of the season.

“I thought I was going to have to pull something pretty special out of the bag before the race,” explained Goodard. “I had to make two big lunges. Thankfully they both worked out. I didn’t know if I was going to pull them off or not. I tried to get past as soon as I could and fortunately I did. I was then able to stay in the lead.

“Unfortunately we had a lot of bad luck in the first part of the year, but we have turned things around. We have really shown our speed again here. The team did a great job and now we have another two wins to add to the tally. Hopefully we can finish the year with some more.”

TRS Arden’s Leeds and JHR Developments’ Fielding once again staked their claims for the title, putting in measured performances to finish on the podium and bring home valuable points.

Leeds taking points out of Fielding’s advantage over him in the standings and Fielding crucially doing enough to leave Silverstone with the championship lead. A remarkable turnaround for Fielding after he struggled for pace in pre-race testing. Testament to the fantastic work done by the Chesterfield star and his JHR Developments team.

Commented Leeds: “I had a really good start to pull away from everyone. I knew what I had to do this race, but unfortunately I couldn’t quite get across the line in the lead.

“I’m still happy to bring home good points though. I was thinking about the championship and to finish two out of three races in front of Sennan this weekend means it’s been a good weekend.”

Added Fielding: “I really had to look after my rear tyres because I was struggling for grip. Once I had broken away from the Carlin drivers I was quite happy to bring home this result. Fingers crossed we can keep this up. I think Brands Hatch is a stronger circuit for me, but we will see when we get there.”

“I had a bit of cramp in my leg at the start and nearly stalled off the line, but I think everyone apart from Luis didn’t get the best of starts. During the race I struggled a little bit with rear end grip as they tyres grained.

“It’s a great result for us. To come away leading the championship. I cannot ask for anything more especially after how slow we were on Friday and fair play to Zane who I think has been awesome this weekend. A very big well done to him.”

Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco, Max Fewtrell and James Pull provided plenty of entertainment, showing off their wheel-to-wheel prowess whilst not only battling each other, but also passing Billy Monger who had managed to get the jump on Fewtrell at the start for fourth.

Before Fewtrell overtook the JHR racer, DeFrancesco capitalised on Fewtrell’s attempts to overtake, sneaking past his team-mate before overtaking Monger in quick succession. Fewtrell and Pull didn’t make life easy for the Canadian however, forcing DeFrancesco to use all his guile to keep them behind.

Unfortunately for Carlin team-mate Petru Florescu his race came undone when battling with Caroline for ninth and with it his title aspirations.

Rafael Martins showcased his overtaking prowess with an inch perfect manoeuvre on Monger in the closing laps to net seventh.

Monger crossed the line in eighth after a determined drive to finish in the points, ahead of TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons who proved triumphant in the Rookie class once more from Alex Quinn who fought his way up to tenth from last on the grid.

Said Simmons: “I had a bit of a poor start, but then I managed to come back at drivers who got past me and finish higher than I started. I’m really happy with my race craft and this weekend in general. We managed to maintain positions and keep moving forward in the race which was great.”

Jack Martin claimed the final Rookie podium spot. A perfectly judged move down the inside of Kjaergaard at Brooklands on his way to 12th overall a particular highlight.

Meanwhile Jack Butel came incredibly close to scoring points just ahead of Martin in 11th.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 27 Silverstone 18 September 2016
21 laps / 34.45 miles
1 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 20m 16.340s / 101.96mph
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +2.680s
3 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +4.359s
4 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +5.863s
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +6.211s
6 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +6.675s
7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +10.521s
8 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +11.181s
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +15.045s
10 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +15.411s etc.

Fastest lap: Max Fewtrell / Carlin 57.208 / 103.23mph

Rookie class: 1 Simmons; 2 Quinn; 3 Martin; 4 Kjaergaard

Provisional championship standings: 1 Fielding 308; 2 Fewtrell 303; 3 Leeds 289; 4 DeFrancesco 259; 5 Pull 248; 6 Quinn 240; =7 Florescu 230; =7 Goddard 230; 9 Martins 180; 10 Caroline 148 etc.

Rookie class: 1 Quinn 535; 2 J Martin 357; =3 Kjaergaard 355; =3 Simmons 355; 5 R Martin 130

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Goddard romps to British F4 victory at Silverstone

  • Goddard capitalises on storming opening lap to take lead and break clear of field.
  • Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn crowned Rookie Champion for Fortec Motorsports.

SILVERSTONE 17 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – Zane Goddard took full advantage of a superb start at Silverstone to climb from fourth on the grid to first. Seizing his opportunity as front row starters Sennan Fielding and Luis Leeds squabbled for the lead. Once out in front the Double R racer was untouchable on his way to his third F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford victory of the season; finishing over seven seconds clear of the field.

“It was a great race,” said Goddard. “It was an amazing start. I couldn’t even imagine that happening. It all just worked out so well. We got into the lead and kept on pumping in fast laps. We were able to build up a good gap.”

“I got a really good start, getting past Monger straight away. Then Luis and Sennan seemed to focus on each other on the inside and I was able to speed around the outside of them both. The car was a pleasure to drive. I’m lost for words. It was fantastic.”

There was no shortage of drama elsewhere. Championship leader Max Fewtrell and Billy Monger made contact on the opening lap forcing Monger to retire and leaving the championship leader at the back of the field. Fewtrell putting on a determined drive, recording fastest lap in the process, to try to haul himself back into the points paying positions.

As the race drew to a close Leeds was all over the rear of Sennan Fielding’s JHR prepared racer but a coming together left Leeds with a puncture and on the final lap he had to fend off a train of cars headed by Jamie Caroline. The latter had survived race long pressure from Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco, having gained three places at the start.

Commented Fielding: “Fair play to Zane, he did an excellent start. I just couldn’t get the traction off the line. We played a bit of a lottery with the car in terms of finding the right setup after a difficult day yesterday. We didn’t quite know how it was going to be so to come away with second is a great result.”

Caroline made a bid to pass Leeds’ wounded Ford EcoBoost-powered racer around the outside, but they came to grief with Leeds’ punctured tyre causing unexpected amounts of understeer resulting in contact.

DeFrancesco gained most from the drama that unfolded in front, enabling him to claim a precious podium and valuable points for his title bid. Team-mates James Pull and Petru Florescu were close behind, also making inroads on Fewtrell’s lead in the standings. Meanwhile Rafael Martins made excellent progress up the order having started in tenth to finish sixth.

Commented DeFrancesco: “It was a tough race, especially at the start. Jamie did a great job to keep me behind. In the end he was quite unlucky, but you have to take the luck when you can. He raced really well.

“I think we made a big step in performance from yesterday and I think we will be quite strong in the other two races this weekend.”

British F4’s Rookie class drivers once again put on an entertaining display of driving. Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn climbing 10 places after an out of sorts qualifying to put him in a Rookie class podium battle between team-mate Kjaergaard and TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons.

Simmons, the youngest driver on the grid, emerged victorious for the second time this season. A well-deserved win after climbing five places amid all the action, and by finishing second in class Quinn did enough to be crowned Rookie class champion.

Despite only finishing ninth overall, the Racing Steps Foundation backed star did it in style showcasing excellent race craft with some exceptional overtakes. A move which involved going from the outside of Kjaergaard at Brooklands to the inside for Luffield a particular highlight and display of absolute precision behind the wheel.

Explained Simmons: “Qualifying wasn’t ideal. It was quite tricky conditions, but I’m really happy with this race. I made up a lot of places from 12th and we have got a really good reverse-grid race position too.”

Added Quinn: “It was kind of like Snetterton. Having to bounce back after a bad qualifying. I pulled off a few brave moves around the outside at Brooklands. At the beginning of the season it would have been my weakness to overtake and now it’s a strength so I’m really happy with my performance.

“We had to put qualifying behind us. With a lot of the help of the team we did that and now I’ve got reverse grid pole for tomorrow so hopefully things are coming together.

“It’s a relief to finally become Rookie champion. We’ve been dominant in the class for quite a few races now. It wasn’t clear-cut when we were going to win it. We had a good chance and it’s good to get it done now, so we can focus on just winning races now.”

The British F4 racers are back on track at 0940 tomorrow for the reverse-grid race when newly crowned Rookie champ Quinn will start from pole, with the Silverstone finale to be televised live on ITV4 at 1515.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 25 Silverstone 17 September 2016
21 laps / 34.45 miles
1 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 20m 06.969s / 102.75mph
2 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +7.397s
3 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +18.530s
4 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +18.868s
5 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +19.239s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +19.993s
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +20.171s
8 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +20.448s
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +20.718s
10 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +21.758s etc

Fastest lap: Max Fewtrell / Carlin 56.820 / 103.93mph

Rookie class: 1 Simmons; 2 Quinn; 3 Kjaergaard; 4 Martin

Provisional championship standings: 1 Fewtrell 287; 2 Fielding 281; 3 Leeds 256; 4 Pull 240; 5 DeFrancesco 237; 6 Florescu 230; 7 Quinn 214; 8 Goddard 197; 9 Martins 156; 10 Caroline 146 etc.

Rookie class: 1 Quinn 492; 2 Kjaergaard 343; 3 J Martin 327; 4 Simmons 312; 5 R Martin 130

Grid for round 26: Quinn – Leeds – Simmons – Martins – Florescu – Pull – DeFrancesco – Fielding – Goddard – Kjaergaard

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