LAST LAP DRAMA DENTS QUINN'S HOPES
A final lap clash forced Alex Quinn into retirement in the opening race of the F4 British Championship at Croft.
Starting from fourth position, the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver ran in a lonely fifth place for the majority of the race, with gaps of almost a second both in front and behind.
But in the final laps, a clash between JHR’s Jack Butel and Fortec’s Nicolai Kjaergaard left both stranded at Tower prompting a safety car period.
With less than a minute remaining, the safety car was recalled and the pack was released for a final lap sprint.
Heading around Tower bend and into the Jim Clarke Esses, Quinn defended from new Fortec Motorsports team-mate Jamie Caroline and Arden’s Rafael Martins.
Quinn was clipped, receiving damage which forced him to be unclassified when the chequered flag was waved.
The result means that Quinn will start Sunday’s reversed grid race two from 12th position.
Pole sitter Zane Goddard (Double R) defended his lead from Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco on the final lap after earlier cruising without pressure, to score victory.
Fellow Australian national Luis Leeds (Arden) took second place with Carlin’s Max Fewtrell third.
CROFT: (3.420km / 2.125 miles): RACE ONE results (top 10)
Zane Goddard (AUS)
Luis Leeds (AUS)
Max Fewtrell (GBR)
Devlin DeFrancesco (CAN)
Jamie Caroline (GBR)
Rafael Martins (BRA)
Jack Martin (GBR) / R
James Pull (GBR)
Patrik Matthiesen (DEN)
Frank Bird (GBR)
Alex Quinn (GBR) / R
Team / Car
Time / Gap
Fastest lap: Zane Goddard - 1m 20.978s
Weather: Dry / Sunny
R = Rookie
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