Fewtrell takes championship lead
Carlin’s British F4 team finished the weekend on a high at Croft, despite some bad luck throughout the fifth event of the season. Devlin DeFrancesco put in a flawless performance in the final race of the weekend, despite treacherous wet conditions to take his third victory of the season. Team mate Max Fewtrell completed an incredibly consistent weekend to take a total of three podiums and the championship lead. James Pull claimed solid points despite a difficult race one. Petru Florescu will be ready to bounce back at Snetterton after a disappointing weekend by his high standards, but holds second in the championship standings.
Saturday’s race one provided plenty of action from the outset, with championship leader Florescu out on lap one after contact and Pull also down the order after an incident. More drama came on the final lap; a late safety car created a last lap dash for the flag, with second placed man DeFrancesco making an attacking Zane Goddard (Double R Racing) for the lead, only to lose out and drop to fourth. That would allow Fewtrell to seize the opportunity and steal through into his first podium of the weekend in second place.
Sunday’s reverse grid race saw DeFrancesco take the lead from Jamie Caroline at the start, but a dive by the Fortec driver at Sunny in resulted in contact, with DeFrancesco having to retire with damage. Caroline was later penalised for the incident. Once again, Fewtrell was perfectly placed amongst the front runners, and drove a mature race to take third place, with Pull not far behind in fifth and Florescu 12th.
Heavy rain made the final race of the weekend a dramatic one, with all drivers taking to the grid on grooved Hankook tyres. DeFrancesco once again started from second, and made up for the disappointment of race two by snatching the lead from Goddard at Tower on lap one. Team mate Fewtrell was again right with the front runners, challenging Goddard from a strong third place. Despite difficult conditions, DeFrancesco continued to pull away, with fastest lap after fastest lap. Pull meanwhile was making up plenty of positions from his 11th place grid slot and was running in seventh, the position he would maintain at the flag, with Florescu also taking points for ninth. At the front, DeFrancesco took victory number three of the season, while Fewtrell’s consistency was rewarded with the championship lead after claiming third.
Speaking about his race three victory, DeFrancesco said – It’s certainly been an eventful weekend, it’s a shame we lost out in race two which was completely out of our control, but it was a great way to come back in race three taking a dominant win. We’re in a good position now for the second half of the season.
Team mate Fewtrell added – We had a good weekend with three podiums, but we have a long break now where I can work on a few areas that I need to. It’s a nice bonus to go into the break with the championship lead, but already I can’t wait to get going again.
The British F4 drivers will be back in action in six weeks time at the Snetterton Circuit, in Norfolk, on 29-31 July.