- Goddard overtakes Fielding and Leeds to win thriller.
- Fielding’s podium ensures he leaves Silverstone leading the championship.
- Simmons triumphs in Rookie class for third time this season.
SILVERSTONE 18 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – For the second time this weekend Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard proved to be the class of the field on his way to victory in Round 27 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.
Goddard had his work cut out starting from third on the grid behind formidable title contenders Sennan Fielding and Luis Leeds, but he made it look easy with two superb overtaking manoeuvres.
After the start it seemed that compatriot Leeds might well scamper off into the distance. The Red Bull Junior making a lightning getaway off the line from pole, the best of any driver, and set about trying to build a gap.
Fielding and Goddard were having none of it though. Leeds was unable to escape their clutches and perhaps with no title fight to worry about, Goddard was the driver to seize the initiative dispatching Fielding. The Australian then made full use of his Ford EcoBoost power to pull alongside Leeds on Wellington straight and take the decisive inside line into Brooklands for the lead. Once clear Goddard looked calm and in control on his way to victory number four of the season.
“I thought I was going to have to pull something pretty special out of the bag before the race,” explained Goodard. “I had to make two big lunges. Thankfully they both worked out. I didn’t know if I was going to pull them off or not. I tried to get past as soon as I could and fortunately I did. I was then able to stay in the lead.
“Unfortunately we had a lot of bad luck in the first part of the year, but we have turned things around. We have really shown our speed again here. The team did a great job and now we have another two wins to add to the tally. Hopefully we can finish the year with some more.”
TRS Arden’s Leeds and JHR Developments’ Fielding once again staked their claims for the title, putting in measured performances to finish on the podium and bring home valuable points.
Leeds taking points out of Fielding’s advantage over him in the standings and Fielding crucially doing enough to leave Silverstone with the championship lead. A remarkable turnaround for Fielding after he struggled for pace in pre-race testing. Testament to the fantastic work done by the Chesterfield star and his JHR Developments team.
Commented Leeds: “I had a really good start to pull away from everyone. I knew what I had to do this race, but unfortunately I couldn’t quite get across the line in the lead.
“I’m still happy to bring home good points though. I was thinking about the championship and to finish two out of three races in front of Sennan this weekend means it’s been a good weekend.”
Added Fielding: “I really had to look after my rear tyres because I was struggling for grip. Once I had broken away from the Carlin drivers I was quite happy to bring home this result. Fingers crossed we can keep this up. I think Brands Hatch is a stronger circuit for me, but we will see when we get there.”
“I had a bit of cramp in my leg at the start and nearly stalled off the line, but I think everyone apart from Luis didn’t get the best of starts. During the race I struggled a little bit with rear end grip as they tyres grained.
“It’s a great result for us. To come away leading the championship. I cannot ask for anything more especially after how slow we were on Friday and fair play to Zane who I think has been awesome this weekend. A very big well done to him.”
Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco, Max Fewtrell and James Pull provided plenty of entertainment, showing off their wheel-to-wheel prowess whilst not only battling each other, but also passing Billy Monger who had managed to get the jump on Fewtrell at the start for fourth.
Before Fewtrell overtook the JHR racer, DeFrancesco capitalised on Fewtrell’s attempts to overtake, sneaking past his team-mate before overtaking Monger in quick succession. Fewtrell and Pull didn’t make life easy for the Canadian however, forcing DeFrancesco to use all his guile to keep them behind.
Unfortunately for Carlin team-mate Petru Florescu his race came undone when battling with Caroline for ninth and with it his title aspirations.
Rafael Martins showcased his overtaking prowess with an inch perfect manoeuvre on Monger in the closing laps to net seventh.
Monger crossed the line in eighth after a determined drive to finish in the points, ahead of TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons who proved triumphant in the Rookie class once more from Alex Quinn who fought his way up to tenth from last on the grid.
Said Simmons: “I had a bit of a poor start, but then I managed to come back at drivers who got past me and finish higher than I started. I’m really happy with my race craft and this weekend in general. We managed to maintain positions and keep moving forward in the race which was great.”
Jack Martin claimed the final Rookie podium spot. A perfectly judged move down the inside of Kjaergaard at Brooklands on his way to 12th overall a particular highlight.
Meanwhile Jack Butel came incredibly close to scoring points just ahead of Martin in 11th.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford
Provisional results Round 27 Silverstone 18 September 2016
21 laps / 34.45 miles
1 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 20m 16.340s / 101.96mph
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +2.680s
3 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +4.359s
4 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +5.863s
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +6.211s
6 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +6.675s
7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +10.521s
8 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +11.181s
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +15.045s
10 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +15.411s etc.
Fastest lap: Max Fewtrell / Carlin 57.208 / 103.23mph
Rookie class: 1 Simmons; 2 Quinn; 3 Martin; 4 Kjaergaard
Provisional championship standings: 1 Fielding 308; 2 Fewtrell 303; 3 Leeds 289; 4 DeFrancesco 259; 5 Pull 248; 6 Quinn 240; =7 Florescu 230; =7 Goddard 230; 9 Martins 180; 10 Caroline 148 etc.
Rookie class: 1 Quinn 535; 2 J Martin 357; =3 Kjaergaard 355; =3 Simmons 355; 5 R Martin 130