Quinn takes fourth win of the season for TRS Arden in Brands Finale
TRS Arden and YRDA driver Alex Quinn took his fourth win of the 2017 British F4 Championship after a lights-to-flag victory in the final race of the season.
Quinn had earned pole position for the final race of the weekend, after he set the fastest time in the Saturday timed qualifying session – where the second quickest time from each driver dictates the starting grid for race three.
Quinn made a great start to hold his position from the challenging Linus Lundqvist throughout the opening corners – building a small gap on the exit of Graham Hill bend before the safety car was deployed from a start line shunt.
The safety car pulled in after two laps, in which Quinn made a solid restart to control action from the front, as Lundqvist had to deal with the attentions of Logan Sargeant behind him.
Simmons managed to pull off a bold move on Sargeant to move himself into 3rd position – moving two TRS Arden machines into the podium places, with Quinn driving into the distance and making the most of the tyres he saved for the final race of the year.
Later in the race as precarious looking clouds formed overhead, Quinn had managed to pull out a two second advantage over his rivals as he marched ahead setting personal best laps on a consistent basis.
The race finished with Quinn completing a dominant lights-to- flag victory, taking his fourth win at the final race of the British F4 season.
Quinn had bounced back well from some misfortune he experienced on the Saturday, during race one which saw him unceremoniously punted out of the race by the championship leader - leaving Quinn stranded in the gravel at turn one.
Qualifying for the final three races of the British F4 Championship saw Alex Quinn set the 3rd fastest time of the session, which was marred by a red flag with 5 minutes to go after Oliver York pitched his car into the gravel.
This meant most of the grid were unable to improve on their earlier times due to the tyre warm up required for optimal performances. Simmons qualified his TRS Arden machine in 5th position, with Piastri just behind in 6th position and Olli Caldwell in 12th on the grid for the opening race of the weekend.
All three TRS Arden cars made a strong start, with Quinn challenging for 2nd at Paddock Hill bend – this was until championship leader Jamie Caroline locked a wheel, clipping the back of Quinn’s car and pitching them both into the gravel.
Quinn’s race was over there and then as the safety car was deployed.
This incident meant Quinn would start from the back in race two. As the lights went out, Quinn began to make instant progress from his back of the grid, 19th place start after his race one non-finish. He made up five places on the opening lap, before being forced wide at Druids - undoing all his good work at the start. Nevertheless he got back on task and began to come back through the field.
A red flag was shown on lap two after a crash involving three drivers – requiring a race stoppage, re-grid and restart.
On the second start, Quinn once again made a good getaway - making up three places on the opening lap and continued to make consistent progress through the field to move himself into the top ten with some textbook overtaking.
Quinn moved his way up to 9th and began hunting down his main championship rival Linus Lundqvist. Despite being on older tyres, Quinn ate into the 1.5second gap, finishing right on the Swede's gearbox at the chequered flag
It was a very strong race for Quinn, demonstrating the ultimate pace he has as he made up 10 positions on where he started the race from to complete a quartet of TRS Arden’s scoring points in race two of the weekend.
He then backed this pace up with his dominant lights-to-flag victory in race three.
Alex Quinn “Win number four the season feels so good! The second half of the race was really enjoyable when I was pulling away out front from Lundqvist. Once my tyres were up to temperature I got into a good groove and was able to pull away.
This was a really important race for me because I wanted to end the season on a high. After the disappointment of yesterday, other than qualifying on pole for this race, it’s great to bounce back like this. “
Quinn finished the 2017 British F4 Championship 4th overall in the standings on 307 points. The Cornish YRDA driver was denied a shot at the title after a season that was marred by bad luck and technical issues that blunted his charge. Nevertheless, 4 victories is a strong return as he aims to further his racing career into 2018 and beyond.
Stay tuned for announcements and reports regarding Quinn's future plans online as they come to light! Thank you for all your support.
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