TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri took his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost after starting from pole position in the reversed grid race. The Australian driver emerged victorious after enduring a great battle with Carlin’s Logan Sargeant who had started alongside him on the grid. The battle was the latest chapter in their rivalry that has continued throughout their racing careers from karting ranks to the sister F4 series in the UAE. Both the young drivers were fighting to take their maiden win in the UK’s most competitive single seater championship junior drivers can participate in.
The lead two cars were nose to tail throughout the race with Sargeant trying to pass Piastri as they lapped round the 2.2 mile circuit. Piastri defended valiantly to keep his lead, positioning his car perfectly at every point of the circuit. The drivers were separated by just 0.308 seconds when the race was finished prematurely after championship leader Jamie Caroline had a big off.
Carlin’s Jamie Caroline was pushing his car as hard as he could to make his way back through the field after an off on the opening lap dropped him down the order. The Pirtek backed racers progress was halted after contact with teammate Patrik Pasma in the braking area of Old Hall Corner saw Caroline thrown into the tyre barrier in quite spectacular fashion. Luckily Caroline walked away from the incident unscathed, which is a testament to the safety of his car.
The race was red flagged due to the incident which caused quite a bit of damage to the tyre barrier. The decision was then taken to declare the race results there and then after seven laps of the race had been completed. The top ten drivers in the race received half points due to the race not reaching the seventy-five percent distance.
Pasma took his third podium of the season when he took third place, despite the contact he had with Caroline.
Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb narrowly missed out on a top three finish and his maiden podium by finishing in fourth. This result equalling his best result of his campaign so far after picking his way through the field from seventh.
Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist drove well and scored strong points in the race after losing momentum following a touch of contact with Caroline as the latter dived down the inside of Lundqvist who finished in fifth. TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons gained the most positions during the race, climbing from thirteenth to sixth by the time the race was red flagged.
TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn settled for eighth behind Fortec’s Oliver York. Quinn’s race was impacted a lot following contact with Caroline. Although he did manage to get the fastest lap of the race.
Double R Racing’s Daniel Cao finished the race in ninth ahead of Sharp Motorsport’s Jamie Sharp. Both were in an entertaining four way battle for the final points paying positions with Quinn and Jacky Liu. The latter just missing out on a point during one of his best performances this season showing the positive steps the racer has taken under the guidance of GW Motorsport’s team boss Gary Ward.
Post race Jamie Caroline was given a ten place grid penalty for driving in a manner that was not compatible with general safety.
After round eleven has taken place today after being postponed from yesterday following delays in the proceedings, round twelve has not taken place at Oulton Park due to not having the time to. The race has provisionally been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 12th August at Knockhill.
The championship is next out at Croft, located in North Yorkshire on the 10th/11th June.
Photo Credit; British F4
©Fay Tilley 21st May 2017.