British F4: Piastri Claims Maiden Win

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Source: Motorsport247.org

TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri took his maiden win in the F4 British Championship 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 to the sister F4 series in the UAE.

The two lead cars were nose-to-tail throughout the race with Sargeant trying to pass Piastri as they lapped 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 racer’s progress was halted after contact with teammate Patrik Pasma in the braking zone of Old Hall Corner saw Caroline thrown into the tyre barrier. Luckily Caroline walked away from the incident unscathed.

The race was red flagged due to damage to the tyre barrier. The decision was then taken to declare the race results after seven laps. 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, despite the contact he had with Caroline.

Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb narrowly missed out on a top three finish and his maiden podium finishing fourth. This result equalled his best result of the 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 point 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 twelve not taking place at Oulton Park, the race has been provisionally rescheduled to take place on Saturday 12th August at Knockhill.

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