British F4 Brands Hatch Indy 2022 (Saturday)

British F4 Brands Hatch Indy 2022 (Saturday)

Alex Dunne continues to lead the British F4 championship despite a mixed weekend at Brands Hatch Indy.

The Irishman dominated Race 1 but slumped to a double non score in Race 2 and Race 3 of the weekend.

Carlin driver and McLaren junior Ugo Ugochukwu picked the perfect day to score his first British F4 win in Race 3 in front of Trevor Carlin and Zak Brown.

The American now sits third in the standings behind Oliver Gray and Dunne after two rounds of the campaign.

Joseph Loake drove brilliantly in Race 1 finishing in P2 for JHR Developments taking his second podium of the season.

Following Race 1 Loake shed light on his race and the penalty his team mate Georgi Dimitrov received for a jump start.

He said: “Brands Hatch is so hard to overtake the dirty air especially in these new cars with a lot more amor it is really tricky to overtake. 

“So I got a really good start and did kind of throw one up the inside of Georgi but it didn’t work out.

“But I also knew that he had kind of started creeping at the start so I was like ‘he might get a penalty for that’ so I thought for the sake of the team I’ll just back it off and make sure I sit there and make sure we both come home P2 and P3.”

JHR have lagged behind Carlin and Hitech in the opening stages but have still managed a victory and two podiums through Loake and Georgi Dimitrov.

Carlin ace and Williams junior Gray has been ultra consistent so far this season claiming five podiums from the first six races in 2022.

He drove to second place at Brands Hatch Indy taking advantage of Dunne’s poor end to the event.

The 16-year-old explained the importance of the starts particularly at Brands Hatch Indy which is incredibly difficult to overtake at.

Gray said: ‘‘It’s the whole race really if you don’t get a good start your just stuck really in the position that you finish in so it’s a big start but other than that it’s good.’’

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