DeFrancesco Wins Wet Croft Finale to join Championship Hunt


Carlin driver Devlin DeFrancesco collected his third F4 British Championship win of the season to move into championship contention. The Canadian dominated around the wet Croft circuit after taking the lead on the opening lap.

Wet conditions greeted the field as they took the circuit. With the decreasing light, pole sitter Zane Goddard maintained his lead off the start. DeFrancesco though, dove around the outside on the opening lap to take the advantage as they crossed the line once again.

Jamie Caroline was one of the car’s who ran wide into the first complex, but still worked his way up to sixth as he chased the fast starting Sennan Fielding. The Fortec Motorsport car soon got the best of the experienced racer, inheriting fifth.

Back at the front, DeFrancesco took the opportunity to extend his lead as Goddard fell back into the clutches of third place Max Fewtrell. The rain started to get more intense as the cars opened a small gap between them.

Despite disposing of Fielding early in the race, Caroline was unable to break away as Fielding and Luis Leeds hounded the back of the Pirtek sponsored machine. Though as mistake from Leeds saw him drop to the bottom of the top ten with others improving.

The treacherous conditions didn’t slow DeFrancesco up. The Canadian continued to set consecutive fastest laps, stretching his lead over the opposition.

He crossed the line almost three and half seconds in front of Goddard. Fewtrell eventually completed the podium as Alex Quinn claimed fourth from Caroline. Fielding fell back in the latter stages, but maintained sixth from James Pull and Rafa Martins.