Loake wins again to bring down the curtain on 2022 season

For the second time this weekend at Brands Hatch, Joseph Loake converted pole position into victory to bring down the curtain on the 2022 ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA season.

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Loake made no mistake from pole position, and again had a clear lead on the run through Paddock for the first time.

His nearest challenger was Carlin’s Ollie Gray who, alongside team mate Louis Sharp, had a storming start and moved up quickly  to second and third on the road.

Try as Gray might, an opportunity to pass never presented itself. With the race slipping away, the Williams junior switched positions with third-placed Sharp, the extra points allowing the Kiwi to secure fourth overall in the standings over Loake.

The gap at the flag therefore was a slightly extended 1.9 seconds, as Loake put himself a clear second to Dunne in terms of race wins this campaign.

“It’s the best weekend we could have asked for,” admitted Loake. “Pole position, fastest lap in both races and both wins [for races set by qualifying]. I couldn’t have done much more.

“Overall, I’m pretty happy with this weekend, it’s just a real shame to miss out on fourth in the championship. At the end of the day, it is what it is, I did the most I could and that’s all I can be happy about.”

Neate was able to fend off a recovering Pearson for fourth and fifth respectively, and sixth proved enough for McLaren F1 junior Ugo Ugochukwu to wrap up the Rookie Championship.

“I’m super happy, this is exactly the weekend we needed,” grinned Ugochukwu. “I just needed to pick up the points throughout all three races, and I’m delighted to clinch the Rookie title. To solidify P3 in the overall championship was also important.

“I want to thank the whole Carlin team for the work throughout the year, and also congratulations on the Teams Cup, which shows we’ve been delivering week in, week out.”

Behind Ugochukwu, Eduardo Coseteng (Hitech), Michael Shin (Virtuosi), Noah Lisle (JHR) and Chris Dittmann Racing’s Jack Sherwood rounded out the top ten.

The wheels now begin to turn for the 2023 ROKiT British F4 season, with the championship set to head to Snetterton’s 300 circuit on 27-28 October for its New Driver Test.

To view the complete race result, click here.

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