Ollie Gray wins Silverstone finale to keep slender championship hopes alive
Carlin’s Ollie Gray won a thrice-interrupted final ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA race of the weekend at Silverstone today [25 September] to keep his slim title chances alive.
Starting from pole position, the Williams F1 junior made a good start to fend off Joseph Loake (JHR Developments) and championship leader Alex Dunne (Hitech GP) on the run down to Copse, but the race was almost immediately neutralized after Edward Pearson (Virtuosi) crashed into Louis Sharp’s stalled Carlin.
Both drivers were unhurt, and the race shortly resumed, only to be halted twice more. The first was to recover the stranded JHR car of race two winner Georgi Dimitrov, and the other after Isaac Barashi and Daniel Mavlyutov span out at Copse.
With results earlier in the weekend still subject to appeal, and a maximum score of 103 points theoretically still available to Gray, should things fall his way, the champagne has been put back on ice for Dunne and Hitech GP, who finished third on the road behind Loake.
Phinsys by Argenti’s Aiden Neate ended up fourth for the second race in succession, with Eduardo Coseteng a weekend-best fifth for Hitech GP. Ugo Ugochukwu (Carlin) cemented his Rookie Cup advantage over Daniel Guinchard (Argenti) in sixth and seventh respectively, the gap now 26 points between them with three races remaining.
Oliver Stewart was eighth, and duly rounded out the Rookie rostrum for Hitech GP, the top ten similarly completed by Marcos Flack (Fortec Motorsport) and Argenti’s Adam Fitzgerald.
Noah Lisle took 11th in the other surviving JHR-run machine, with Jack Sherwood leading the line for Chris Dittmann Racing behind in 12th. James Higgins (Fortec) ended a promising debut weekend in 13th, half a second clear of Virtuosi’s Michael Shin. Jaden Pariat took 15th, the classified finishers completed by Barashi and Mavlyutov.
ROKiT British F4 heads next to Brands Hatch’s iconic Grand Prix circuit over the weekend of 7-9 October.
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