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Zak O’Sullivan resists Casper Stevenson at Croft to win in British F4

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan triumphed in the first British Formula 4 race of the weekend at Croft, holding off poleman Casper Stevenson.

Argenti Motorsport’s Stevenson led the way from pole, but O’Sullivan took second immediately after a very poor start for championship leader Luke Browning.

O’Sullivan took the lead on lap two and quickly opened up a gap. At its peak, his gap to Stevenson was 2.1 seconds around the middle of the 20-minute race.

Stevenson started to come back at O’Sullivan, however, after setting several fastest laps. He was unable to mount a serious challenge to reclaim the lead and came short by 0.448s.

JHR Development’s Abbi Pulling took third, capitalising on a strong start and subsequently pulling away from the rest of the pack.

Arden’s Frederick Lubin was a distant fourth, ahead of a very tight battle over fifth led by team-mate Roman Bilinski.

Bilinski’s pace wasn’t particularly strong, but he was able to resist Fortec Motorsports’ Browning who was unable to recover from his difficult opening lap.

Arden’s Alex Connor also had a poor start but was able to climb back up to seventh with some fine overtakes.

Spending much of the race in a scrap was JHR’s James Hedley and Fortec’s Rafael Villagomez, while Carlin’s Christian Mansell joined in during the closing stages.

Mansell rounded out the points places, ahead of Argenti’s Reema Juffali and Carlin’s Matias Zagazeta – who traded places on the final tour but both ended up more than 10 seconds away from the points finishers.

Race results (14 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 20m32.524s
2 Casper Stevenson Argenti Motorsport +0.448s
3 Abbi Pulling JHR Developments +3.839s
4 Frederick Lubin Arden +8.646s
5 Roman Bilinski Arden +11.492s
6 Luke Browning Fortec Motorsports +11.851s
7 Alex Connor +12.169s
8 James Hedley JHR Developments +12.752s
9 Rafael Villagomez Fortec Motorsports +12.957s
10 Christian Mansell Carlin +13.809s
11 Reema Juffali Argenti Motorsport +24.759s
12 Matias Zagazeta Carlin +26.463s
Fastest lap: Stevenson, 1m26.638s

Championship standings
1 Browning 299   2 O’Sullivan 283   3 Stevenson 256   4 Connor 215   5 Hedley 210   6 Pulling 124   7 Bilinski 121   8 Mansell 101   9 Roberto Faria 99   10 Lubin 71