Alex Quinn takes second victory of the season at Rockingham
TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn scored his second win of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season, after a patient drive from second on the grid and a bold move on long-time leader Patrik Pasma to take to the top step at Rockingham.
The race weekend started with Quinn setting the fastest time in testing in preparation for the weekend. A promising start as the Cornish young star had been forced to miss the test the week before.
Qualifying saw Quinn on course for 2nd overall, until a fuel surge caused a loss of power, denying Quinn the chance to improve on his best time – meaning he would start race one and race three from 7th position.
Race one on the Saturday saw an Arden trio of Oscar Piastri, Ayrton Simmons and Quinn charge off in formation hunting down the pack ahead. Teammate Piastri however suffered front wing damage, dropping him down the pack.
As championship leader Jamie Caroline and Logan Sargeant squabbled up ahead, the TRS Arden duo of Simmons and Quinn looked to pick up the pieces, but ran out of laps and had to settle for fifth and sixth.
This gave Quinn a front row start for the important race two, which he went on to take his second victory of the season at with an impressive race winning, around the outside overtake.
Quinn was the better off line of the front-row starters, but Carlin’s Pasma positioned his car perfectly to remain in first.
The Finn then endured immense pressure from Quinn, covering off every move that the 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion could throw at him.
Quinn continued to stalk his prey, biding his time and making the decisive move on lap 13.
The Cornish racer getting a better run out of Deene hairpin and boldly running around the outside of Pasma through Yentwood to complete the move – prompting roar of cheers and applause from the packed grandstand, aswell as plaudits from the commentators!
Now unleashed and in free air, Quinn immediately recorded his fastest laps of the race and was able to comfortably take the chequered flag and cement his second victory of the season in style.
In the third and final race, Quinn made a great launch to get himself up to 5th position by the end of the first lap, however as they went into the Deene Hairpin on lap two, teammate Simmons went up the inside – taking the place from Quinn. At the exit of the corner, Quinn ran out of road and was dropped all the way back to 11th position.
Determined to reclaim lost ground, the YRDA star battled back well to take a solid 7th position and bag more important championship points in the process.
Alex Quinn “It is great to be back up on the top step of the podium. I hard to work hard for that as Patrik was defending really well – but I got a good run around the outside and made the move stick, which I think everyone watching liked as well!
Big thanks to all the TRS Arden team, Total Rail Solutions and all my partners for helping lead to another great result.”
Quinn is 4th overall in the standings on 255 points. With the main focus on more victories and a top 3 in the championship being the main target - after a luckless middle part of the season, struggling with a down on power engine saw his championship charge blunted.
The British F4 Championship next heads to Silverstone on the 16-17 September, for races 24-27 of the season.
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