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- Schreiner and Goddard shine under glorious Thruxton skies
- Sensational return to British F4 for Schreiner with season-best fourth
- Goddard mounts stunning round eight drive into top five from back of grid
9 MAY, 2016 – Double R Racing’s Carrie Schreiner made an impressive return to action in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at ultra-fast Thruxton over the weekend, 7th/8th May, with a sensational top four finish in round eight of the season – her best result yet and first points score on UK soil.
The 17-year-old German starlet, who is only contesting selected rounds of the British series this year due to existing commitments in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship in her homeland, faced a huge challenge visiting Thruxton for the first time but absolutely starred in race two of the weekend.
Beginning the contest from 13th on the grid, as a result of her race one finishing position, Schreiner produced a remarkable drive and only missed out on a maiden podium result by 0.2 seconds after a stunning performance.
Schreiner was shadowed home by team-mate Zane Goddard, the Australian also recording his best finish of the weekend with fifth position to put the bitter misfortune of the non-scoring Donington Park event last month firmly behind him. Notably, the 16-year-old achieved the outstanding result after a supreme drive from the back of the grid – having been knocked into retirement in race one.
“Race two definitely showed what Carrie and Zane are capable of, absolutely fantastic racing from the pair of them to finish fourth and fifth”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “It wasn’t an easy start to the weekend for Zane after he was shunted out of race one, to bounce back like he did from the back of the grid was outstanding.
“Thruxton isn’t a track for the faint hearted and Carrie was so impressive in the second race, to come back into the championship after missing the previous round and do so well at such a challenging and high-speed track is fantastic.”
In a very closely matched qualifying session on Saturday morning, Goddard ended the run with the eighth fastest time – just 0.3 seconds shy of the second row of the grid. Team-mate Schreiner, meanwhile, lined-up 20th on the grid for the first race at the uniquely demanding Hampshire venue.
Exasperatingly for Goddard, the unbelievable misfortune which blighted his whole Donington Park weekend last time out continued in round seven. Although making a decent start, the Australian was edged back down to 11th place on lap one but he looked well set to climb back up the order.
At the end of lap two into the chicane, though, his car was rammed from behind which ripped the rear wing away. With zero downforce at the back of the car, Goddard had no option but to pit at the end of the subsequent tour and his car was clearly far too damaged to rejoin the race.
German racer Schreiner gained two places on the first lap to move into 18th position and as a result of the incident ahead at the chicane, which ultimately eliminated the sister Double R car, Schreiner was able to pick her way through into the top 15.
Moving up into 14th place on lap six, Schreiner then profited from a rival making a mistake at the chicane at the end of lap eight and then climbed further up the order into the top 12 following a dramatic clash ahead. With just over three laps to run, the Double R racer was pitched into a spin on the run into the chicane but she recovered to finish in 13th place.
For round eight on Sunday afternoon, Schreiner lined-up in 13th place with Goddard on the back row of the grid as a result of his enforced retirement from race one. Both Double R drivers made excellent starts and put together a superb opening lap, with the German starlet rising into the top 10 and Goddard carving his way through the order supremely into 13th position – a gain of six places.
As a result of two cars making contact at the complex on lap two, Goddard was able to climb into 11th position as Schreiner held her top 10 placing just ahead. Then, on lap three, a further incident triggered the deployment of the Safety Car in time for the start of lap four with Schreiner holding an elevated seventh and Goddard ninth.
The action got back underway on lap seven but at the chicane two cars tangled which enabled Schreiner to leap into fifth and Goddard into seventh. Soon after, an issue for Petru Florescu then elevated the Double R cars into fourth and sixth prior to the re-emergence of the Safety Car.
Racing resumed again on lap 11 with just enough time for a couple of laps with Schreiner glued to the back of third placed Billy Monger. Into the final lap, she was only 0.3 seconds shy of the top two battle and took the chequered flag in a superb career best fourth only 0.2 seconds adrift. Goddard, meanwhile, took fifth on the penultimate tour to cap an absolutely remarkable drive from the back.
In the final encounter of the weekend, Goddard started in ninth place and ran for the first quarter of the race glued to the back of Alex Quinn’s car before making his move on lap six to take eighth, a result of a good run out of the chicane at the end of the previous tour.
Due to a rival ahead spinning at mid-distance, the Australian then climbed into the top seven and swiftly broke into sixth place at the expense of Luis Leeds. Although under major pressure out of the chicane on the 12th and final lap, the Double R driver just held on to sixth on the drag to the line.
Schreiner, from the back row of the grid, put together another stunning first lap to scythe her way through into 14th position – a gain of five places. Unfortunately bundled back to 17th place on lap four, and then 18th several laps later, the German battled back into 16th position before the finish.
There is now a four week break in the F4 British Championship calendar with rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the season set to take place at Cheshire’s Oulton Park over the weekend 4th/5th June. One week earlier, Double R’s BRDC British Formula 3 squad will be back in action for the fourth race meeting of its season – also at Oulton Park – over Spring Bank Holiday weekend, 28th/29th/30th May.