Tommy Foster inherits maiden victory in thriller after Browning penalty

  • Arden’s Tommy Foster becomes seventh different winner of 2019 after post-race penalty for Browning.
  • Richardson Racing driver had stormed from tenth to win a thrilling contest at Snetterton.
  • Final race of the weekend starts at 16:40 (BST), Alvarez starts on pole position for Double R.

Luke Browning rose from the fifth row of the grid to provisionally win a thrilling second F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Snetterton, but a post-race penalty for false start means Tommy Foster picks up his maiden victory.

JHR’s Josh Skelton led Ford’s rising stars away from pole position, surviving an early assault on the lead from Arden’s Bart Horsten on the outside of Riches on the first two tours of the 2.99-mile circuit.

Their battle caused a queue to form for the race lead, with Sebastian Alvarez – yesterday’s race-winner – taking the opportunity to send an impressive move around the outside of championship leader Zane Maloney (Carlin) at the Wilson Hairpin for fourth.

That became third just moments later, with the Mexican putting an almost identical move on Foster around the outside at Agostini to promote himself into the top three, and second after Horsten ran wide whilst disputing the lead with Skelton.

The Australian refused to take that move lying down, however, launching the Red Arrow to the inside at Wilson to retaliate, but the inside line for Alvarez into the left-hander at Palmer preserved his advantage.

That left Horsten on the radar of Maloney, but the pair made dramatic contact coming out of Murrays, forcing the Carlin racer into a first retirement of the season, and Horsten to the back of the field after pitting for a new front wing.

Amid the drama, Browning kept a calm head, cutting through the chaos to assume third on the road after that clash. And it would get even better for the Kingsley-based racer.

In attempting to pass Skelton for the lead at Riches, Alvarez overshot the corner and went across the grass. With Skelton taking avoiding action, Browning and Foster seized the chance to assume the top two spots on the road.

That proved to be the pivotal moment, with Browning powering some 4 seconds clear at the chequered flag to register what would have been a third win of the campaign, but a 10-second time penalty for a false start means Foster wins for the first time in British F4.

Despite nearly besting Foster in a photo finish, Skelton duly took second from the demoted Browning and Maloney’s chief title rival, Louis Foster (Double R), who cuts the Barbadian’s advantage in the standings to 54 points.

Alex Connor (Arden) rounds out the top five, with victory in the Rookie Cup stakes.

Roberto Faria led home Fortec Motorsport team-mate Mariano Martinez for sixth and seventh, the latter taking his best finish of the season in the process. Alex Walker (JHR) continued to make rapid progress, claiming eighth and another Rookie Cup podium.

Reema Juffali (Double R) was ninth, ahead of a recovering Horsten and Alvarez via the pit lane. Carter Williams was an unfortunate retiree after early contact at Agostini with Connor broke his rear wing.

Result – Round 17

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 Tommy FOSTER Arden Motorsport 11 laps
2 Josh SKELTON JHR Developments +0.099s
3 Luke BROWNING Richardson Racing +5.994s
4 Louis FOSTER Double R Racing +6.435s
5 Alex CONNOR (R) Arden Motorsport +6.680s
6 Roberto FARIA (R) Fortec Motorsport +7.156s
7 Mariano MARTINEZ Fortec Motorsport +7.439s
8 Alex WALKER (R) JHR Developments +7.807s
9 Reema JUFFALI Double R Racing +11.836s
10 Bart HORSTEN Arden Motorsport +1:01.634s
11 Sebastian ALVAREZ Double R Racing +1:02.738s
DNF Zane MALONEY (R) Carlin
DNF Carter WILLIAMS JHR Developments