F4 British Championship

Zane Goddard: “I’m so happy to take my first win.”

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A personal best weekend for Australian driver Zane Goddard saw him come away from Croft with his first F4 British Championship win and three podiums. He was the highest scoring driver from the weekend more than doubling his total points scored.

Friday practice saw Devlin DeFrancesco and himself top the time sheets. As the only drivers to dip below the 1 minute 21 second barrier, the pair dominated qualifying with Goddard coming out on top.

After throwing away a victory at Oulton Park, the Double R Racing driver was determined not to let the opportunity slip away, setting the fastest lap. He fended off the challenge of DeFrancesco eventually taking victory by 2.2 seconds.

“I’m so happy to take my first win”, said Goddard, “I like the track, it’s a great track to drive and the car has been on fire here this weekend. I reckon this could be the turning point for us this season, we’ve been working really hard at it and the results have been getting better and better.

“When the Safety Car came in at the last minute [in race one], I wasn’t expecting it at all. I had a good lead before the Safety Car, everything went perfectly up to that point, but we managed to hold on and take the win so I’m really happy.”

The remainder of the weekend proved to be a highlight for the Surfers Paradise racer after battling through in race two. The reverse grid had seen him off the front row but a collision between Jamie Caroline and DeFrancesco saw him leap up the order.

From there he held on to second and another fastest lap, finishing behind Luis Leeds. Sadly, he was denied another clean sweep as he was beaten to the line by DeFrancesco.

“It’s fantastic for Goddard”, said elated Double R team boss Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “We’ve been working hard all season and although there hasn’t been much luck up to now, this weekend has been absolutely outstanding – fast in testing, two pole positions, one win, two other podiums and fastest lap in every race.

“Hopefully we can get Zane on a race winning campaign now for the rest of the season. The team has done a great job, the combination of the Mygale chassis with the Ford engine isn’t the easiest to work with and get the best from but the boys have worked so hard and it’s great to be back at the front and winning again in this championship.”

Goddard now sits tenth in the championship, seven points behind Caroline as the field prepare for Snetterton.

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