Race two of the 2020 British F4 Championship proved to be quite the entertaining affair, with incident aplenty – as Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan took the victory ahead of Casper Stevenson after first and second finishers Alex Connor and Roberto Faria made lap one contact.
And from pole position after the top seven reversed from race one yesterday, it was Casper Stevenson that got away well, leading rookie Rafael Villagomez and Zak O’Sullivan in third after yesterday’s pole sitter James Hedley dropped down the order to eighth place at the end of lap one.
And after the first 3 minutes there was a red flag as yesterday’s top two finishers Alex Connor and Roberto Faria connected and retired early on. Carling’s Christian Mansell and Nathanael Hodgkiss made the initial contact at Coppice corner that sent the Australian into the gravel and also out of the race. Luke Browning also had to take avoiding action but remained in the race.
Hedley did manage to get back to the pit lane during the red flag break, mysteriously without a rear wing, but sadly the damage was too severe to continue. So the running order during the stoppage was Stevenson, Villagomez and O’Sullivan occupying the top three places with Roman Bilinksi, Frederick Lubin and Luke Browning rounding out the top six.
So at the second race restart of a now 15 minute race, Casper Stevenson made another great getaway as everyone made it through the opening sequence of corners safely. Villagomez was still holding on to an impressive second place, with Fortec’s Luke Browning now in to third place and challenging hard behind. Christian Mansell was miraculously back up to sixth place after his early calamities as Luke Browning dropped back down the order and promoting O’Sullivan up to the podium places.
With 10 minutes remaining, the top three were making a break away out front with fourth placed Lubin now almost three seconds behind the leader. Zak O’Sullivan then managed to get past Villagaomez into second place and set after leader Stevenson. But just like in yesterday’s first race, it was Luke Browning that was setting the times alight and pumping in fastest sectors to try and make up some ground.
Stevenson was able to quell the threat from O’Sullivan behind, holding an eight tenth advantage over the Carlin driver as the approached the final five minutes of the race, but O’Sullivan set the fastest lap of the race and closed to within three tenths of the Argenti Motorsport scholarship winner and eventually muscled his way past to take the lead of the race with just four minutes remaining, and was able to build up a quick advantage of over second.
Luke Browning made an unscheduled trip down pit lane with just a minute remaining, and looked to be staying there after the mechanics were seen taking plenty of grass out of the side pods, suggesting the Fortec man had a trip through the grass. Disappointment for yesterday’s podium sitter, who was looking to take points from Connor and Faria who failed to finish today’s race after lap one contact.
But as the clock ticked down. it was Zak O’Sullivan that took a resounding victory for Carlin, with Casper Stevenson taking second place and rookie Rafael Villagomez in third – another impressive day for the Mexican rookie. Fellow rookie Frederick Lubin finished fourth and Christian Mansell finishing in fifth after taking a five second penalty.
Race 2 Classification:
|1||Zak O’Sullivan||Carlin||14 Laps|
|2||Casper Stevenson||Argenti Motorsport||+1.925|
|3||Rafael Villagomez (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+4.314|
|4||Frederick Lubin (R)||Arden Motorsport||+5.628|
|5||Christian Mansell* (R)||Carlin||+11.014|
|6||Abbi Pulling||JHR Developments||+11.058|
|7||Roman Bilinski||Arden Motorsport||+11.156|
|8||Nico Pino (R)||Argenti Motorsport||+12.766|
|9||Mathias Zagazeta (R)||Carlin||+12.837|
|10||Reema Juffali||Argenti Motorsport||+27.113|
|11||Nathanael Hodgkiss||JHR Developments||+ 1 Lap|
|12||Luke Browning||Fortec Motorsport||+ 2 Lap|
|13||Roberto Faria||Fortec Motorsport||DNF|
|14||Alex Connor||Arden Motosport||DNF|
|15||James Hedley||JHR Developments||DNF|
(R) Denotes rookie drivers
Christian Mansell received a 5 second penalty for exceeding track limits *