Quinn on the podium at Snetterton 300
TRS Arden driver Alex Quinn took a podium finish in the second race of the weekend at Snetterton as the F4 British Championship resumed after a lengthy summer break.
Alex Quinn qualified a solid 6th position on the grid for the opening race of round six of the F4 British Championship - Certified by FIA powered by Ford Series. His second best lap in the session was good enough to put him 5th overall in that classification - meaning he would start the opening race on the grid from 6th and the final race from 5th, whilst race two would be the reverse grid race from the results of race one.
Quinn made a good start and benefited from teammate Olli Caldwell running slightly wide at turn one, giving him the opportunity to sneak underneath him at the hairpin the take 5th position. Quinn was left just behind the leading group ahead battling for the podium places, whilst he gapped the group behind him, as he finished 5th, - adding some solid points for his championship haul.
Race two, starting from 5th position once again - Quinn repeated his race one start as he moved up a position straight away and into 4th position. This would then become 3rd after a rival ahead span at the hairpin to vault Alex into the podium places.
Quinn lead the TRS Arden quartet as he battled with Oliver York for 2nd position. The duo began to eat into race leader Jamie Caroline's lead before the safety car was deployed on lap five.
The leading two managed to just hold off Quinn to the end of the race, despite the Cornish man setting consecutive fastest laps to put the pressure on for victory - ultimately coming home 3rd.
The final race of the weekend saw Quinn start from 5th once again. The start saw teammate Ayrton Simmons get pushed wide, allowing Quinn to move up into 4th and chase for the podium places.
However all his rivals ahead had new tyres on for the final race, whilst Quinn had used his in the second race of the weekend - meaning progress was difficult and more of a stalement for Quinn to maintain his strong position. Ultimately he was unable to keep teammate Simmons at bay, Quinn was powerless to defend from his teammate who was equipped with two new tyres and followed him home to finish just behind in fifth position.
After Snetterton, Quinn sits 5th overall in the British F4 Championship - in a tightly contested group for 3rd overall in the championship. The Cornishman will be hoping his early season curse of luck will stay away for the remaining rounds, as he bids to secure more wins and podiums at a circuit he excelled at last year - starting with Knockhill in two weeks time.
Alex Quinn “The car felt so good in race two so big thanks to the team. It gave me the opportunity to really pressure York, but unfortunately I couldn’t quite get past him. I’m still very happy with the result. I think we got the maximum having started fifth.
The final race was tough as all our rivals had new tyres, so it was more of a question of maximising our starting position and bringing home the points which we did.
I am looking forward to Knockhill, I won there last year and took another podium so I am hoping to carry that form into the race weekend this year too. I would like to thank TRS Arden for a great car, my engineer French Clemont, my partners and Total Rail Solutions for helping me as we go into the second half of the British F4 season."
The 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title race heads to Knockhill in a fortnight’s time (12/13 August) in what will be a blockbuster weekend for the series.
Four races are scheduled to take place due to the Round 12 of the Championship being moved to Knockhill due to delays in the schedule at Oulton Park earlier in the year.
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