KNOCKHILL

BRITISH F4 ROUND 7, 13/08/17

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Alex Quinn takes 2nd in historic TRS Arden 1-2-3 at Knockhill

TRS Arden wrapped up the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost weekend at Knockhill in style with an emphatic 1-2-3 finish. Alex Quinn followed home teammate Oscar Piastri in 2nd position, just ahead of Ayrton Simmons to complete a British F4 podium lock out for the team.

 

Free Practise took place in mixed conditions - Quinn set the pace, setting a lap of 49.724s which eclipsed the British F4 lap record around the circuit. However since the time must be done during the race weekend, it is counted as unofficial.

 

Qualifying saw Quinn set the 2nd fastest time, just 0.038s behind teammate Piastri as the Arden duo locked out the front row for race one and race four after a dominant qualifying performance – proving untouchable over one lap, despite the session being red flagged early.

Race one saw Piastri lead Quinn for the majority of the race. Quinn hounded the rear of his Aussie teammate as the two headed the pack. Quinn closed on Piastri but was unable to go for a move in the final sector.

Later in the race, championship leader Jamie Caroline sent a late lunge into the final corner on Quinn – causing him to take avoiding action to avoid contact and hitting his teammate in the process.

This knocked him back to 4th as Simmons sneaked through. Quinn would finish the race in 4th frustrated to miss out on a podium he deserved.

 

The second race was the rescheduled round 12 from Oulton Park with Quinn starting from 4 on the grid. The race began under drying track conditions with damp patches still on the circuit.

Quinn made the best of the Arden trio at the start as the race to move himself up into 3rd position and in pursuit of Logan Sargeant.

Disaster struck Quinn on lap 5, when a gear selector issue at the hairpin prevented him from changing gear - forcing him into the pits to retire and miss out on a podium shot.

 

Race three took place on Sunday morning, with a partially reversed grid from the first race of the weekend. Quinn led the Arden quartet as he made a good launch up to 5th position, just ahead of teammate Simmons and Piastri.

 

Quinn made his move up to 4th position and set about challenging Hampus Ericsson for the final place on the podium. Simmons followed Quinn through as the two Arden's began to reduce the deficit to the leaders in front - even more impressive considering the Arden quartet had chosen to save their new tyres for the final race, compared to their rivals.

 

Quinn made a final challenge for the podium on Ericsson after a safety car period, ultimately to no avail and settled for 4th position at the finish.

The fourth and final race of a bumper weekend of British F4 racing at Knockhill was a dominant display from the TRS Arden trio who controlled proceedings from the outset, with Piastri and Quinn getting away brilliantly off the line and Simmons jumping Jamie Caroline to move immediately into third.

 

The leading Arden trio bolted away from the chasing pack - holding station with the gaps stagnated between the three into a race of their own, as they traded fastest sectors time and fastest laps, pushing each other on as the race unfolded behind them. Piastri, Quinn and Simmons were untouchable out front trading fastest lap times for the duration. Their respective quickest laps of the race covered by a mere 0.022s.

 

The red flag curtailed the race a minute early, with Piastri taking his 5th victory of the season, just ahead of Quinn at the finish who bagged 2nd position just ahead of teammate Simmons as Arden locked out the podium - their first ever podium lock out in British F4.

 

Alex Quinn “It’s awesome to be a part of this historic result, Oscar and I both got good starts and tried to break away. I’ve got to say a massive thanks to Total Rail Solutions and Arden because they have been able to provide us as drivers with this incredible opportunity to succeed."

 

Quinn leaves Knockhill 4th overall in the British F4 Championship standings on 216 points. The next round of the championship takes place at Rockingham for rounds 22-24, on the 26-27 August.

 

 

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