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At Donington Park National Circuit, young British F4 driver Zane Goddard encountered more than his share of misfortune in the latest instalment of the junior single-seater series.
Round four on Saturday took place in tricky wet conditions and, from 13th place on the grid, Goddard made a superb start. After a fantastically committed opening lap he climbed into the top eight but an excursion on lap two resulted in a drop down the order and eventual retirement.
On Sunday morning the weather was a big improvement and, despite being very cold, bright sunshine bathed the 1.98-mile National Circuit. Goddard faced a tough challenge in round five from 17th on the grid, a result of his race one non-finish, but did gain two places on the first lap.
Moving into 14th on lap two, the Australian then profited from a two car tangle ahead to leap into the top 12 – an incident which triggered the deployment of the Safety Car. Racing resumed on lap nine and Goddard gained a couple of places to break into the top 10 before running three abreast over the line into lap 10, taking ninth.
Maintaining ninth, Goddard closed on the top eight and set the fastest first sector in the process but on lap 14 the Double R driver’s excellent run came to an untimely end when his car was launched over the Mygale of Nicolai Kjaergaard, as the pair ran in close company, at the Old Hairpin.
After two very frustrating contests, Goddard aimed to end the weekend with a positive conclusion in round six but again faced a big test from 16th on the grid. Incredibly, his terrible Donington Park misfortune struck again when his Ford-powered Mygale ground to a halt on the formation lap.