SILVERSTONE 18 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford stole the show at the home of British Motor Racing on Sunday with a number of drivers playing starring roles.

JHR’s Sennan Fielding wrestled the championship lead away from Carlin’s Max Fewtrell, whilst Double R’s Zane Goddard doubled his victory tally for the weekend. Alex Quinn celebrated being crowned Rookie class champion with a stylish win for Fortec and the youngest driver on the grid, Arden’s Ayrton Simmons, had his best weekend of the season with two Rookie class wins.

It all means that after a spectacular Silverstone weekend attention now turns to what promises to be a historic final meeting of the season at Brands Hatch in two weeks, with six drivers from four different teams all still in contention for the title.

ROUND 26: QUINN RIDING HIGH AFTER TEXTBOOK WIN

  • Lights to flag victory for Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn.
  • Max Fewtrell battles through field in bid to cling on to championship lead.

Alex Quinn celebrated being crowned Rookie class champion by winning Round 26 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford in textbook fashion.

A flawless start from pole saw him stay in front of fellow front row starter Luis Leeds, with the Racing Steps Foundation ace then proceeding to break away from the field. His progress was halted just under halfway into the race when the safety car was deployed to recover team-mate Kjaergaard’s stricken car. Quinn wasn’t fazed however, mastering the restart and pulling out a gap to Rafael Martins.

Said a jubilant Quinn: “I cannot express my feelings. I’m so happy. I need to say a huge thanks to the Racing Steps Foundation and Fortec because without them I wouldn’t be here, let alone at the front.”

“I’m really happy with the car and the performance of myself. I pushed as hard as I could to get the win. I’ve shown this weekend that I can race through the field and lead from the front which is great.”

Martins had looked strong all weekend and after an excellent sixth place finish yesterday was full of fight today, leaping past TRS Arden team-mate Ayrton Simmons off the line and then scything past Luis Leeds on the following lap at Becketts.

“I think it was quite a good race on the first few laps for me,” said Martins. “I couldn’t catch Alex. He did a great job. I thought after the safety car I could have a chance, but he did a great job at the restart.

“I think in the beginning I was quicker than Luis and then towards the end he was a bit quicker, but I had it under control. Since Friday we have been quick. Qualifying we struggled a little with the mixed weather, but we are doing a great job this weekend.”

Leeds was understandably cautious in the early stages; not completely sure of the car underneath him following his puncture and damage sustained in the first race of the weekend, as well as being mindful of preserving tyres. However, as the race progressed his confidence behind the wheel came back in full force as he hounded Martins for second until the end.

Explained Leeds: “I got good points in the championship and scored more points than any of the other contenders although it wasn’t my greatest of races.

“With the puncture I had yesterday we didn’t have the best of tyres for this race. Two tyres were scrapped so we had to use some new tyres, but I had to preserve them for the race this afternoon when we start from pole.”

JHR’s Sennan Fielding made impressive progress up the order throughout the race, from eighth up to fourth. One of his victims was Ayrton Simmons who was under attack for much of the race, but put on a credible defensive display suggesting the youngest driver on the grid can mix it with the best. A spirited battle with Carlin’s Max Fewtrell a particular highlight.

Said Simmons: “It was pretty exciting. The first five laps especially. I had quite a lot of cars behind me. I managed to keep with the fast guys. I had a good battle with Fewtrell. It was a great experience racing up the front. Hopefully next time we start at the front we can do an even better job.”

There was no stopping Fewtrell however. The championship leader going into the race had it all to do starting from the penultimate row of the grid and he picked his way through the field expertly. His move around the outside of Simmons at Brooklands thrilling spectators. It set up an entertaining battle between himself and team-mates DeFrancesco and Pull, as well as Fielding and Goddard.

Pull was awarded a five second penalty for exceeding track limits costing him a points finish, but team-mate DeFrancesco fared better. A move down the inside from Goddard as they headed towards Becketts earning him fifth and the chance to take the fight to Fielding.

Fielding wasn’t prepared to relinquish fourth to his title rival, holding off the Canadian to bring home enough points to become joint leader of the championship with Fewtrell heading into Round 27.

Double R’s Carrie Schreiner put in another great performance to break into the top 10 and add another championship point to her tally for the season, whilst Jack Martin made a welcome return to the Rookie podium.

Billy Monger suffered a spin early on having been one of the fastest cars on track, but struck back to get up to 11th place at the fall of the chequered flag, tantalisingly close to the points.

Petru Florescu’s race was thwarted before it even began with a technical gremlin rearing its head on the formation lap and resulting in the Romanian losing ground in the standings.

ROUND 27: ZANE GODDARD DOUBLES UP FOR DOUBLE R AT SILVERSTONE

  • 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.

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 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 26 Silverstone 18 September 2016
20 laps / 32.8 miles
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 20m 41.423s / 95.14mph
2 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +1.215s
3 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +1.876s
4 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +4.639s
5 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +4.858s
6 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +5.163s
7 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +5.655s
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.333s
9 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +9.362s
10 Carrie SCHREINER / GER / Double R +9.751s etc.

Fastest lap: Max Fewtrell / Carlin 57.221 / 103.20mph

Rookie class: 1 Quinn; 2 Simmons; 3 Martin

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; J Martin 357; =3 Kjaergaard 355; =3 Simmons 355; 5 R Martin 130