Piastri Takes Maiden Win as Caroline Crash Cuts Race Short


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Oscar Piastri took his first F4 British Championship win of the year, to solidify his second place in the standings after Oulton Park. The race was stopped just past the half way point though as Jamie Caroline flipped into the barrier at turn one.

After the cancellation of race two at the end of Saturday, due to a damaged barrier in a Porsche support race, the reverse grid event was held in place of race three as the final event was delayed until Knockhill.

This meant that Piastri started on pole, maintaining his lead into the first corner. Carlin driver Lucas Alecco Roy failed an overtake on Karl Massaad, taking them both out of the race, as Caroline created chaos ahead.

Caroline has been used to running at the front and diced with Alex Quinn going into turn one. He was run wide but rejoined at full speed, collecting Quinn and spinning the TRS Arden driver onto the grass. It didn’t get any better for the championship leader as attempted to lunge on Linus Lundqvist, only to run wide at Druids.

He rejoined at full speed, almost wiping out Oliver York before regaining the place from the Ford F4 Challenge Cup leader. From here, he attacked Harry Webb and Lundqvist again, colliding with the Swede and gaining two places, up into fourth.

Meanwhile, Piastri was unable to break away, under constant pressure from former UAE F4 rival Logan Sargeant, as Patrik Pasma remained a few seconds adrift.

By the half way point, Caroline had caught Pasma for the final podium place. Unsighted from the camera’s, Caroline lost control into the first corner, flipping upside down into the barrier. The race was red flagged and Caroline safely exited the car.

Delays on the schedule saw the event stopped with the results being taken as final.

Piastri would take his first win of the season, holding off intense pressure from Sargeant as Pasma completed the podium. Caroline’s retirement would promote Webb to fourth, his best result of the season so far and a second Cup win.

Small damage to Lundqvist’s front wing held him back throughout the race, finishing fifth from Ayrton Simmons, who had been forced to start on the back row after his race one incident. York meanwhile would drop to seventh overall after a positive start had seen him close in on his Challenge Cup rival.

Despite being spun in the first corner, Quinn recovered to take eighth with the fastest lap, proving his raw speed over the opposition. Completing the top ten could be Daniel Cao and Jamie Sharp at his home event.