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Loake wins British F4 finale, Ugochukwu claims rookie title

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Joseph Loake won the final race of the 2022 British Formula 4 season as Ugo Ugochukwu sealed the rookie title.

It was a lights-to-flag victory for Loake, who finished almost two seconds ahead of Louis Sharp. A switch between Ollie Gray and Carlin team-mate Sharp on the penultimate lap put Sharp in second and earned him fourth in the points standings.

It was a clean last race of the season, with no safety car periods and only one retirement.

As such, there was little to stop Loake pulling away at the front of the order. After a poor start from fellow front row starter Edward Pearson, Loake was able to get the jump on Gray and Sharp behind. He wasn’t challenged by either driver during the race.

Sharp stayed on Gray’s tail throughout the 15 lap race, but couldn’t find a way past. But on lap 10 of 11, Gray appeared to slow and dropped back, falling into the clutches of Aiden Neate, who had spent the race running in fourth, as a result.

Neate pushed hard but Gray defended well and managed to hold off Neate until the chequered flag.

The main battles happened at the tail end of the order. Ugochukwu spent the second half of the race pushing to find a way past Pearson. Despite falling backwards early in the race, Pearson was able to hold off the McLaren junior to finish fifth. Ugochukwu still did enough to win the rookie classification, and the rookie title in the process.

Noah Lisle and Michael Shin were locked in a battle for ninth for much of the race, with Georgi Dimitrov and Jack Sherwood close behind. Shin would hold off the trio of drivers behind to finish ninth on track, but a penalty for Daniel Guinchard ahead for exceeding track limits promoted him to eighth, behind Eduardo Coseteng.

Lisle took ninth ahead of Sherwood and Dimitrov, while Guinchard dropped back to 13th.

The only retiree was Marcos Flack. The Fortec Motorsports driver had put in a strong drive to climb up to 15th from the back of the grid and was attempting another move when he spun at Hawthornes. Afterwards he came into the pits to retire.

Race result (11 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Joseph Loake JHR Developments 15m46.858s
2 Louis Sharp Carlin +1.941s
3 Ollie Gray Carlin +3.164s
4 Aiden Neate Argenti Motorsport +3.840s
5 Edward Pearson Virtuosi +4.007s
6 Ugo Ugochukwu Carlin +4.438s
7 Eduardo Coseteng Hitech GP +9.200s
8 Michael Shin Virtuosi +12.147s
9 Noah Lisle JHR Developments +12.464s
10 Jack Sherwood Chris Dittmann Racing +12.608s
11 Georgi Dimitrov JHR Developments +14.458s
12 Oliver Stewart Hitech GP +16.132s
13 Daniel Guinchard Argenti Motorsport +16.602s
14 James Higgins Fortec Motorsports +17.345s
15 Jaden Pariat Chris Dittmann Racing +17.853s
16 Adam Fitzgerald Argenti Motorsport +18.399s
17 Isaac Barashi Argenti Motorsport +26.126s
18 Daniel Mavlyutov Hitech GP +33.253s
Ret Marcos Flack Fortec Motorsports
Fastest lap: Loake, 1m25.047s

Championship standings
Dunne 412   Gray 343   3 Ugochukwu 290   4 Sharp 272   5 Loake 261   6 Neate 234   7 Coseteng 198   8 Dimitrov 197   9 Guinchard 191   10 Stewart 108