SCOTTISH DOUBLE FOR OSCAR PIASTRI
AUSTRALIAN YOUNG gun Oscar Piastri has taken a double victory during the latest round of the British F4 Championship at Knockhill on August 11-13.
Not only did Piastri have a successful weekend, but his TRS Arden team had a rewarding even culminating in a clean-sweep of the podium in the final race. Piastri cut into Jamie Caroline’s championship lead starting with Pole Position on route to Race 1 victory.
Piastri held off the advances from initially, team mate Alex Quinn, then Caroline, who had charged his way up from fifth. After successfully making a bold move for second on lap eight, a Safety Car was called for an incident involving Lucas Alecco Roy and Jamie Sharp, which annulled Piastri’s advantage. Luckily for him, Caroline made a mistake at the restart allowing the Aussie to take a slender 0.321s victory.
Caroline struck back in the second, taking full advantage of a technical gremlin for Piastri to take a clear victory from his Carlin teammate Logan Sargeant. Piastri managed to finish sixth and most importantly, in the points.
Contact halted Piastri’s charge in the third race of the weekend. Linus Lundqvist made contact with the Australian heading out of the Knockhill hairpin, spinning himself and damaging the front wing of the TRS Arden Formula 4. This allowed Oliver York to take his maiden victory, Piastri followed in eighth while Caroline finished fifth.
The final race on the program was a rescheduled event that was supposed to be held at Oulton Park, but was later delayed due to time constraints. This played into Piastri’s hands as he headed a TRS Arden 1-2-3 and closed the gap in the points to 43.5 points, as Caroline only managed fifth.
“I hope to keep having this winning feeling,” said a beaming Piastri.
“I saw that Jamie was in fifth and that took the pressure off a little, but also motivated me to score as many points as I could to take as much out of his lead in the standings as possible.
“It’s great to get a 1-2-3 for the team. Ayrton was fastest in testing on Wednesday, Alex was fastest on Friday in free practice and then I put it on pole on Saturday. It’s amazing really and fantastic to deliver a result like this. To get a 1-2-3 and put it all together when it really matters is something very special.”
The next round of the British F4 Championship will be held at Rockingham this coming weekend.
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Date posted: August 24, 2017