British F4 Donington Park National – Saturday

British F4 Donington Park National – Saturday

CarlinBritish F4 Donington Park National – Saturday

Louis Sharp drove to a superb British F4 victory in Race 1 at Donington Park for Rodin Carlin.

The New Zealander started on the front row and swept around the outside of Lisle at Turn 1 to take the lead.

Sharp said to insideF2: “It was a pretty good race, that start that I made on the first start was really strong. I was able to go around the outside of Noah (Lisle) which was nice.”

The red flags were brought out early in the race after Swedish driver Gustav Jonsson crashed.

Sharp lost the lead at the second start to Lisle and said his lacklustre start wasn’t help by the right side of the grid being less grippy than the left hand side.

The Kiwi explained: “For the second restart I was starting on pole and I will say the right side of the grid was definitely more slippery than the left, so my star wasn’t quite as good.

“Noah and I were side by side into Turn 1 but I was able to hold him off and those first few laps I was able to build a really good gap. 

“And for the first two thirds of the race my pace was really strong. Rodin Carlin have given me a mega car, the car was on rails those first few laps and it was lovely to drive.”

Lisle finished second in a Rodin Carlin 1-2 finish but had mixed emotions after losing the lead at the start.

“It was really really strong, it’s awesome to see the progress from last year but it’s still frustrating at the same time because I feel like like we had the pace to win today.

“Just struggled on that first start a bit, the second one was much better but not quite enough to get past Louis, we caught him a lot at the end so it’s a really good result but for sure (I’m) looking for more tomorrow.”

Virtuosi driver Douwe Dedecker finished in P15 in Race 1 and secured second place in the Rookie class, the Belgian explained that dirty air made it difficult to pass.

“It was quite tricky, if you’re behind somebody you really need to attack otherwise you can’t really attack anymore and also you get a lot of understeer when you’re staying behind somebody so you really need to attack to gain the position.”

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