Trevor Carlin: Zane’s title win ‘up there with the very best’

Trevor Carlin says Zane Maloney’s F4 British Championship title victory ranks ‘up there with the very best’ of his team’s triumphs.

The Bajan racer arrived at the Brands Hatch decider level on points with Double R’s Sebastian Alvarez and, despite a win apiece for both contenders, trailed by 5 points heading into the season finale.

Maloney made a lightning start and stormed through from the second row to apply the pressure to race leader Louis Foster, the decisive move coming at Westfield a few laps later.

From there, Maloney established a comfortable 1.2-second advantage and brought home a record-equalling tenth victory of the season, coupled with an unfortunate retirement for Alvarez, to become the first Rookie to win the championship outright.

Carlin have been a powerhouse on the junior single-seater ladder for well over two decades now, claiming drivers and teams titles in the likes of FIA Formula 2, British Formula 3, Formula Renault 3.5, GP3 Series and the FIA F3 European Championship, as well as multiple Macau Grand Prix victories.

Maloney’s triumph maintains the team’s one-hundred percent record of winning the F4 British Championship in the four seasons they have competed, and this title in particular is a source of great pride for Carlin.

“I’m immensely proud of Zane and the team for showing patience and true fighting spirit to the very end,” said Carlin.

“This win is right up there with the very best.

“This year was particularly challenging as were essentially a one car team for most of it.  Zane and the team really had to stick together and trust each other that we were doing the right thing with no comparative data.

“It would have been very easy for us to have got lost and not delivered the final result.”