F4 British Championship

Petru Florescu Takes Honours at Oulton Finale to Extend Lead

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Petru Florescu becomes the first driver this season to win four races as he extends his F4 British Championship lead over his team-mates and rivals. Despite his success, the title remains wide open with the series soon approaching at its half way point.

Florescu, who has become some what of a qualifying master this season, once again started on pole and never looked back, taking victory by two-and-a-half seconds over team mate Devlin DeFrancesco. The win ensures he continues his momentum going into the next round at Croft.

A clean start saw the 17-year-old hold off the attacks of DeFrancesco, as he soon set about putting in a number of quick laps and building a buffer to himself and his on-form team mate. The two Carlin‘s had broken away from the pack with third place Jamie Caroline eventually crossing the line six seconds behind the leader.

The Jamun Racing driver has been onset with bad luck in recent rounds, but will be happy to have gotten the opportunity to show his true speed at Oulton Park, even if race two didn’t go as planned. An electric start saw him slide between the remaining two Carlin’s, eventually holding them off to claim his second podium in two days.

Behind them, Max Fewtrell eventually beat James Pull to the flag, but both knew that they’d need a strong result if they’re to challenge Florescu, who extended his gap. The two remain his closest competitors in what’s, increasingly becoming, a three way all-Carlin fight for the title.

No one could match the defensive skills of Rafa Martins, who came home sixth after Alex Quinn‘s gearbox issues gifted him the place on the penultimate lap. The Brazilian may have won the mornings encounter, however his race pace has been lacking all weekend as he led home a five car train.

The first driver in this train was Nicklas Kjaergaard. The seventh place is his best result of the year and gifts him his first rookie win. As for Sennan Fielding, he ended a disappointing weekend behind the Dane, having been unable to pass around the narrow Oulton Park circuit.

“We had really good pace again and fastest lap as well.” said winner Florescu. “I just focused on trying to stay consistent and didn’t push too much. It was a lot easier to control the pace in clear air. I’m looking forward to Croft. It’s a track I like. I’m so happy with this result and this race. It’s great for my championship and I want to say a huge thanks to the team.”

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