Zane Maloney underlined his delight at winning the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title after a nail-biting title decider at Brands Hatch last weekend.
Maloney, who arrived at the iconic 2.4-mile Kent circuit tied level with Double R’s Sebastian Alvarez, won the opening contest but could only manage fifth as Alvarez responded with a victory of his own in the reverse-grid race.
Undeterred, the Bajan racer stormed through from the second row to eventually win the final round of the season, the decisive pass on Louis Foster coming at Westfield, and with Alvarez an unfortunate retiree Maloney brought home a record-equalling tenth win of the campaign to seal the crown.
He becomes the first Rookie entry to do so in the championship’s five-year history, and banks a second title for his chassis, the same that carried former Carlin racer Max Fewtrell to the 2016 crown.
“I’m really pleased with how that went! We did the best job possible and we came out with the best position possible. It’s just an amazing feeling really!” said an ecstatic Maloney.
“I was running in second in the final race and I knew I was going to win the championship because unfortunately Alverez had a problem with the engine.
“I wouldn’t like that to happen to me, but it happens in motorsport and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger.
“But I was in second and I wanted to win and take the championship, I didn’t want to come second and win it. So, I pushed my heart out to get past Louis [Foster]. It was a bit of a risky move, but we’ve done it and now it’s time to celebrate!
Reflecting on his title-winning campaign as a whole, Maloney says there is still room for improvement as he continues up the motorsport ladder despite winning the FIA British Formula 4 crown at the first attempt.
“Rating my season, I would say it’s been a seven out of ten,” he explained.
“I think because it’s my first ever season in cars I didn’t know what to expect. I made a couple of mistakes and there were a couple of things out of my control that happened as well.
“But to end off this season with the championship and a win just tops it off. So overall an amazing season, but there’s still a lot to work on and I can still be a better driver too. I just mainly want to say thank you to everyone at Carlin, and Kokoro, and everyone who has supported me this year. “