- Carlin racer extends points lead with six win in a row after navigating through the chaos.
- Mechanical gremlin scuppers Louis Foster’s chances of victory, but Double R driver fights back to sixth.
- Final, ITV4-televised race of the weekend gets underway at 14:50 BST tomorrow [30th June].
Zane Maloney surged through from the third row of the grid to extend his winning streak in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost to six consecutive races in the reverse-grid contest at Oulton Park.
Pole-sitter Louis Foster – Maloney’s chief title rival – led the way early on after a faultless getaway, and managed to extend his advantage to 2.5 seconds on the opening tour of the 2.26-mile Cheshire circuit after chaos behind.
Maloney’s Carlin team-mate Joe Turney, Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez and the leading Arden car of Bart Horsten went into Old Hall three abreast, but contact was made, sending the Australian into the barriers and Alvarez to the back of the field.
JHR’s Carter Williams successfully navigated his way through the melee into second behind Foster, with Maloney now up into third ahead of Turney, who managed to continue despite a trip over the kerbs in the Turn 1 incident.
Foster’s advantage was wiped out, however, with the Double R racer struggling to select a gear heading up Clay Hill. Now in the clutches of the pack behind, both Maloney and Turney were able to get by at Island Hairpin, assuming the 1-2 lead they would hold until the chequered flag.
For Maloney, it marks a sixth victory on the bounce and extends his advantage over Foster – eventually sixth – to 40 points heading into the final race in Cheshire tomorrow.
“I hope to keep doing the best job I can. Right now, I’m definitely at one-hundred percent, it’s definitely paying off and hopefully I can continue that all year, because right now it’s going amazing,” said Maloney.
“This was definitely my most satisfying win of the year. You could tell on the podium and on the in-lap, I was out of breath. We haven’t started sixth this year aside from Donington and Oulton Park is a tough circuit to pass on.
“We went into the race saying ‘let’s not lose too much ground in the championship’ and we came out of it gaining, so it’s definitely the best part of the year so far and hopefully we can have a great race three tomorrow.”
And with Turney second to mark his 18th birthday in style, Carlin have their first 1-2 finish of the season.
Williams would complete the podium – his second of the 2019 campaign – in third, whilst behind a captivating battle for fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places on the road took centre stage.
Tommy Foster led that battle, the Arden racer chasing down his first podium in the Ford EcoBoost-powered category, with the sole Richardson Racing entry of Luke Browning and Foster’s team-mate Alex Connor close behind.
An attempted pass at Old Hall by Browning to the outside of Foster threatened to break that stalemate as Connor got a better run down to Cascades, but local hero Browning held firm.
Having recovered from the mechanical gremlin that hampered his shot at victory, Foster set about putting in successive fastest laps of the race, catching and passing Connor in the closing stages to salvage sixth and limit the damage to Maloney.
That left Connor to take seventh, with Horsten and Alvarez behind after recovering from their off-track excursions. Mariano Martinez led home Fortec Motorsport team-mate Roberto Faria to claim the final point.
Reema Juffali took twelfth, with the final JHR car of Alex Walker thirteenth after a trip to the pit lane near the end of the race. Team-mate Josh Skelton did not make the start.
The final race of the weekend at Oulton Park gets underwasy at 14:50 BST tomorrow, with Maloney once again on pole position.
Should the Barbadian racer take the spoils once again, he will also win the £10,000 Ford Triple Crown Award for winning all three races in a single weekend.
Remember you can catch the action live in the UK on ITV4, and online through the ITV Hub.
Round 14 – Provisional Result
|1||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin||14 laps|
|2||Joe TURNEY (R)||Carlin||+2.980s|
|3||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||+5.130s|
|4||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+8.835s|
|5||Luke BROWNING||Richardson Racing||+9.116s|
|6||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing||+9.836s|
|7||Alex CONNOR (R)||Arden Motorsport||+10.014s|
|8||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport||+17.379s|
|9||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing||+22.117s|
|10||Mariano MARTINEZ||Fortec Motorsport||+27.435s|
|11||Roberto FARIA (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+36.055s|
|12||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing||+37.963s|
|13||Alex WALKER (R)||JHR Developments||+1 lap|
|DNS||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments|