Luis Leeds Regains Championship Chances with Race Two Win

Credit: British F4 Media

Luis Leeds dominated the second F4 British Championship race from Knockhill. The TRS Arden driver lead away from pole and, other than second place Zane Goddard, remained relatively unchallenged. Behind him, two of his title rivals took each other off, shaking up the championship.

Sadly a clean start was not on the cards as Jack Martin found himself stranded on the opening lap. The biggest concern came with Jamie Caroline though. The Pirtek sponsored car, had been accused of a jump-start and was given a 10 second penalty on top his overall race time.

The crash on the opening lap had kept Leeds in the lead, as Goddard broke away from third place Caroline. The podium would have eventually gone to Devlin DeFrancesco, but he was determined to make the move stick on track.

Being held up, the queue for third increased as Petru Florescu pressured his teammate for provisional fourth. Sennan Fielding had been forced to start from the back, but continued to make progress as the field bunched up ahead.

Back at the front, Leeds continued to trade fastest laps with Goddard as the Australian’s broke away from the crowd, controlling the overall race.

In sixth, Alex Quinn held up the remaining two Carlin cars. Unlike Caroline though, he couldn’t maintain his ground as he eventually lost a position to Max Fewtrell.

There was drama with five minutes to go as two of the Carlin’s came together. DeFrancesco and Florescu were together on the straight, though ended it in the tyre wall. Florescu was notable angry at the incident and it got physical between the two young drivers as they exited their vehicle.

A safety car was called and the race was ended under neutral conditions. This left Leeds to take the win and the fastest lap overall. Countryman Goddard was a comfortable second as Fewtrell rounded out the podium places.

Caroline’s penalty had dropped him to thirteenth on the overall timing screens with Quinn taking the rookie win in fourth overall. Having stayed out of the incidents ahead, James Pull took fifth as the Arden cars of Ayrton Simmons and Rafa Martins came in behind. Rounding out the top eight was Fielding who will be pleased to have salvaged points from the back row.