Quinn takes third win of the season at Silverstone
TRS Arden driver Alex Quinn took victory in the opening race of the FIA British F4 – Certified by FIA powered by Ford Championship after a great getaway and surviving a late rain shower to take his third victory of the season.
The Arden duo of Oscar Piastri and Alex Quinn lined up 1st and 2nd on the grid after a great opening qualifying session of the weekend. The tight qualifying session saw Quinn save his best for the very last lap of the session, putting him on the front row of the grid for the opening race of the weekend. His second best lap was good enough for 3rd on the grid for the third race of the weekend.
Race one, starting from the outside of the front row saw Quinn made the best getaway, slotting into first position as the cars streamed through Copse Corner.
Quinn and Piastri pushed each hard, just ahead of the chasing Fortec Motorsport Driver of Oliver York in the early stages, trading fastest laps and building an advantage in the process. As the race wore on, Quinn managed to break away from Piastri as the latter came under pressure from York and Championship Rival Jamie Caroline.
The heavens opened on the penultimate lap of the race – leading to a dramatic finish as the drivers, all on slick tyres had to navigate the final lap of the race.
Quinn held on after easing off on the final lap to take his third victory of the 2017 campaign as thunderstorms and lightning hit the circuit moments after the action had finished.
Race two saw Quinn start from 8th position in the partially reversed grid race. Piastri and Quinn both made a good launch, jumping up places at the start and running in formation of 5th and 6th.
The two Fortec Motorsport drivers ahead went wide at Copse on lap two and ran on the damp run-off area. Quinn was then driven off the track by the recovering Oliver York, who veered into the TRS Arden driver, running him off the track with contact – pitching the Cornishman into a series of spins on the wet grass, luckily avoiding drivers behind.
Quinn managed to recover from the incident, albeit now seriously out of position – crossing the line 11th position, just missing out on championship points. York was given a five-place grid penalty for causing the avoidable collision.
The third and final race of the weekend saw Quinn start from 3rd on the grid. Another lightning start as per race one saw Quinn follow Piastri through Copse corner in an Arden 1-2. Quinn’s car however lost power on the exit of turn one, causing Hampus Ericsson to hit the back of his car – causing rear end damage and dropping Quinn to 5th position at the end of the opening lap.
The mechanical gremlins would continue to thwart Quinn’s progress, as multiple misfires were heard in the crowd at the exit of Copse and under braking into turn three, as he slid down the order with a lack of speed. The damage to the rear of the car and the continuously affecting issues meant Quinn was forced to retire from the race at half distance, resulting in a sad end to what started out so strong.
Alex Quinn “It was a weekend of two halves really. Saturday was great to be on the front row and to take my third win of the season. Sunday however it was a huge shame to end up not scoring any points after two incidents that weren't our fault. Still though we aim to end the season on the high, with more victories the main aim as we go into Brands Hatch. We started the season strongly there, so I want to finish stronger than we started! ”
Quinn goes into the final round of the 2017 British F4 Championship 4th overall in the standings on 280 points, with 75 up for grabs in the remaining three races.
Brands Hatch GP will play host to the last round of the season on the 30th September – 1st October in just two weeks time. Catch the action live on ITV4 on the Sunday for the season finale.
Alex Quinn Available for McLaren Autosport BRDC Award nomination
Alex Quinn is eligible for nomination for the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. Quinn is one of eight drivers who are eligible for being nominated to reach the final four for the coveted award - seen as one of the most valuable awards to win in motorsport.
Past winners includes: Jenson Button, David Coulthard, Gary Paffett, Dario Franchitti, Anthony Davidson, Oliver Rowland, Jake Dennis, George Russell, Lando Norris and more!
If Alex Quinn is successful in being nominated, he will reach the next stage of the competition to be shortlisted as one of the final eight, where a second vote will decide who reaches the final shootout - where the drivers will be evaluated against each other in a variety of driving tests in Formula 2, DTM and GT Cars infront of a judging panel consisting of some of the best of British Motorsport drivers of the past.
How to nominate:-
Further details can be found on page 34 and 35 of the current Autosport magazine.
Please vote and share if you believe Alex Quinn deserves a shot at this brilliant opportunity.
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