06 Jun Fortec Rookies Reign Supreme in British F4 Scholarship Class at Oulton Park
5 June, 2016: The Fortec Motorsports stable of young racers in the 2016 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford championship continued to flourish at Oulton Park, Cheshire, last weekend. With two Scholarship class wins and a third place podium, 15 year-old Alex Quinn continues to lead the 2016 Scholarship Class standings, with Danish team-mate Nicolai Kjaergaard stepping on to the top step of the class podium for the first time this season to sit in third place at the end of an eventful round 12.
Racing Steps Foundation supported Alex Quinn was once again the fastest rookie in both practice sessions on Friday, setting the fifth quickest lap time overall for the Daventry based British team. He also split the Carlin Motorsport stranglehold of the top four positions during the 20-minute qualifying session on Saturday morning. With only six minutes left on the clock, Quinn posted a 1m 22.741s to put him just under two tenths clear of Petru Florescu, but at the chequered flag both Devlin DeFrancesco and Florescu pipped his time to take pole and P2 respectively after traffic put pains to a potential front row scoring flying lap from Quinn. Team mate and fellow rookie Nicholai Kjaergaard just missed out on a top ten qualifying position, whilst fellow Fortec newcomer Frank Bird qualified in P13.
Quinn brought home his seventh Scholarship Class win in race one (round 10) on Saturday afternoon from an outstanding overall P5 finish. The young karting graduate also set the fastest rookie lap with a 1:23.527s. Sixteen year-old Kjaergaard and Frank Bird completed the top 15, with the Dane securing another third placed rookie podium trophy.
An action packed race two (round 11) from lights out on Sunday lunchtime showed the competitive pace of Quinn’s #7 Fortec challenger. He soared up the inside of the Carlin cars of Florescu and Max Fewtrell to steal the third place podium spot and take his eighth rookie class win of the season on the final of the 14 laps race.
Former Ginetta Junior’s driver Bird put in a solid performance to cross the finish line in P14 with Kjaergaard, also in his first season of single-seater competition, taking P4 in the Scholarship Class and fifteenth position overall.
Sunday afternoon at Oulton Park saw a thrilling finale to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford weekend. With the round 12 grid order being set by the fields initial qualifying sessions second fastest laps times, Quinn started from P5, Kjaergaard P9 and Bird from P10.
After setting the fastest rookie time of the race on lap nine, Quinn suffered a gearbox issue on the penultimate lap ending his running from a potential points scoring P6. Frank Bird had made a superb start to round 12 and made up four places when he too ended his contest prematurely running wide at Old Hall on lap one.
It was the turn of Kjaergaard to put in an inspired performance around the 2.2 mile Cheshire track for his Fortec team by taking his maiden Scholarship class win and holding off Sennan Fielding (JHR) for seventh place.
“We had a mega start to the weekend matching the pace of the Carlin’s in qualy. We lead the entire session and Alex was going quicker and quicker, but was unfortunate to be blocked on two personal best laps which would have seen him on pole for both races. It was also fantastic to see Nicolai and Frank qualify in the top 10 for race three, which shows great progression! Seeing Nicolai pick up his maiden rookie win was great for the team, as was watching Alex get back on the podium since Donington Park! It was a good weekend for Fortec Motorsports at Oulton Park overall.”
Alex Quinn, #7 Fortec Motorsports:
“We had great pace and were unlucky not to get pole for race one, but I am still very happy with P4 and P3 in two of the races! Unfortunately, the issue in race three was out of mine and the teams hands and we were very unlucky. I am looking forward to Croft where we hope to improve again and show good pace from the start.”
Nicolai Kjaergaard, #63 Fortec Motorsports
“It was nice to be able to make a good qualifying and to end the weekend with a Rookie win and a 7th overall just shows that our race speed is up there with the front runners. This gives me good confidence going into the next round at Croft.”
The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads to Croft circuit, North Yorkshire, 18-19 June 2016.
1st Florescu 158 points, 2nd Fewtrell 136, 3rd Pull 131, 4th Fielding 116, 5th Leeds 111, 6th DeFrancesco 109, 7th Alex Quinn 100 points, 8th Caroline 95, 9th Martins 84, 10th Monger 57.
2016 Scholarship class standings:
1st Alex Quinn 251 points, 2nd J. Martin 163, 3rd Nicolai Kjaergaard 136 points, 4th R. Martin 130, 5th Simmons 95.
For full British F4 championship results please visit http://fiaformula4.com/2016-standings