The 2014 BRDC F4 Championship reaches the halfway mark this
weekend (18/19 July) on the sensational Oulton Park International
circuit, with the championship race finely poised.
Lanan Racing's British star George Russell continues to lead the
standings, 21 points ahead of South Africa's Raoul Hyman, with both
drivers scoring the same amount of points last time out at
Russell entered F4 with a strong pedigree in karting, with 13
championship titles in five years, and has carried his form into
F4, winning three of the opening nine races and leading the
championship since the second day of the season at Silverstone in
April. While Snetterton last time out was the first weekend Russell
didn't score a win, a double podium ensured he kept his
championship points advantage over Hyman, who has claimed two wins
so far, both from pole position.
A recent bout of chickenpox has been a setback for the
championship leader, but the 16-year-old retains his steely focus
and is determined to return to winning ways in Cheshire: "It's been
fairly frustrating to be honest and a bit worrying at first," he
commented. "I'm recovering, though, and I'm feeling fine in myself,
but I've been told by the doctors to rest and chill out, which is a
"It was disappointing not to get a win at Snetterton as we were
quick there, but at least we got a couple of podiums. I'm sure
things will change at Oulton Park and I'm confident we'll be
"I've only had one day in a single seater at Oulton Park, which
was my first ever test with Lanan. It's a great circuit, right up
there with the best I've driven on, and the end to the lap is
particularly thrilling as the barriers are close and you feel like
you're driving on the limit."
Hyman's HHC team mate Will Palmer dominated at Snetterton last
time out, scoring two wins and claiming the record for the most
points scored in a single F4 race weekend to climb to third in the
Palmer is keen to continue his run of form, on one of his
favourite circuits: "I really like Oulton Park, it is a circuit
with very similar characteristics to Brands Hatch GP, in that the
run off areas are very limited and there are a lot of high speed
corners, which means there is very little margin for error.
"I was quite fast at Brands and testing at Oulton Park has been
encouraging, so I hope to be fighting at the front again this
weekend and show that my performances at Snetterton were not just a
Snetterton saw a debut win for Russell's team mate Arjun Maini,
who lies fourth in the points. With the duck broken, Maini is keen
to continue with the winning habit: "I'm very determined to take
more wins. It was great to get the first one at Snetterton but I
actually dropped a position in the championship at the end of the
weekend, so I need to focus on being more consistent."
HHC's Sennan Fielding is 30 points further back in fifth, and is
desperate to claim his first main season win in the series after
recording his third podium of the season at Snetterton, while
Douglas Motorsport's Diego Menchaca, sixth in the standings, is
also edging ever closer to his first win.
Oulton Park is the local round for Chris Middlehurst, and the
2013 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist believes this weekend
poses his best chance yet to take a victory in F4: "I won my first
ever car race at Oulton Park in 2011, and it's my favourite track.
I'm going to have lots of family and friends at the circuit as it's
my local round, and my sponsors will be coming along too. This is
my best chance yet this season to do well."
Another driver aiming high after a strong result at Snetterton
is Gaetano di Mauro. The Brazilian youngster took his and PetroBall
Racing's best ever result with fifth in the final race of the
weekend in Norfolk and he's set his sights on the podium before the
end of the season: "The team have worked well to help me move
forward, and we've all improved a lot very quickly, so the next
target has to be the podium."
F4 also welcomes a new driver to the series this weekend in the
form of Welsh youngster Tom Bale. The 16-year-old reigning Formula
Gulf 1000 Champion has teamed up with Tom Jackson at Chris Dittmann
This weekend is unique for F4 in that qualifying and race one
will take place on Friday afternoon, with races two and three
following on Saturday. Qualifying is scheduled to start at 13.15 on
Friday with race one commencing at 16.30, with races two and three
taking place at 10.50 and 15.30 on Saturday.
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