Further wins and podiums as JHR Developments continues successful run of form
JHR Developments remained one of the form outfits in the F4 British Championship after taking victory and three further overall podium finishes as the series travelled to Knockhill in Scotland at the weekend (September 14/15).
After securing his maiden victory at Thruxton last time out, before adding a second the next day, Carter Williams took his third win after making the most of his reverse-grid pole position in race two, fending off constant pressure to take the flag first.
It was also a strong weekend for Josh Skelton, who took three podiums, making it ten top-three finishes in the past 12 races, a remarkable run of consistency which has vaulted him into third place in the Drivers’ Championship.
Both drivers were competitive from the get-go, running good times in both testing and free practice, though both were disappointed with their qualifying performances.
Josh ran well in race one, battling for the lead, but frustratingly wasn’t able to find a way past Zane Maloney. He started race two well and challenged Sebastian Alvarez but was forced onto the grass, having to fight back for a podium, and repeated in race three. A result helped by title rival Zane Maloney missing the start due to a driveshaft issue, allowing Josh to close the gap to his title rival.
Carter proved able to handle the pressure of leading the race once again as he romped home for victory in race two, a performance which was bookended by some reasonably quiet drives as he found himself slightly slower than those ahead and slightly faster than those behind him in races one and three.
Both drivers will be re-joined by Rookie Alex Walker as they head to Silverstone for the penultimate weekend (27th - 29th September) of the season, where the team will be aiming for continued success to close out the year.
Grid 1 – 3, Race – 2
Grid 2 – 3, Race – 3
Grid 3 – 4, Race – 3
Drivers’ Championship: 3 (263.5 points)
“Things set off for testing, we were up near the top. We had a few struggles with set up and my driving heading into qualifying, so I don’t think we got the best out of the car or myself but managed to fix it for the races.
“I started third for race one and got off the line well. [Louis] Foster made a mistake which promoted me, and I got my head down despite Safety Cars and maintained position. Lining up third again for race two, Maloney got past on the opening lap, but I concentrated and caught him back up, put a move on him and chased Alvarez in front.
“I caught him, got alongside, and he closed the gap putting me on the grass and dropping me back to fourth. I had all the work to do again but I caught Browning, pulled the same move up the hill towards turn one and then closed up to the front two, but couldn’t get past.
“Zane not starting race three gave us third and I closed the gap to Alvarez but once I got close, I couldn’t do anything with the loss of downforce. With a slightly better qualifying perhaps we could have won races, but I’m looking forward to Silverstone and what we can pull out there.”
Grid 1 – 5, Race – 4
Grid 2 – 1, Race – 1
Grid 3 – 5, Race – 5
Drivers’ Championship: 6 (194 points)
“Testing ahead of the weekend went well, so we knew we had pace, despite only being my second time going this way around the track. Friday was decent but in qualifying I didn’t get the best out of it. I caught a kerb and couldn’t correct it fast enough so went into the gravel and caused a red flag.
“The first race was alright, I was kind of by myself in the middle, I was a tenth off those in front of me and two tenths faster than those behind, but Louis [Foster] went off ahead so that put me fourth which was good considering where we started and it put me on reverse grid pole which was fantastic.
“I got off the line well, defended where I needed to, and got another win. Starting fifth for race three became fourth when [Zane] Maloney didn’t start. I made a mistake coming out of the chicane and lost a spot and then finished fifth. From where it could have been it was a good weekend and good for the team with three podiums for Josh and another bucket load of points.”
Steven Hunter, Team Manager
Teams’ Cup: 3 (407 points)
“it has been another exceptional weekend and a great points haul for both drivers. Carter did well to get a first, fourth, and fifth and is closing in on fifth in the standings.
“It’s all tightening up towards the top end of the championship. Josh had another fantastic weekend with podium finishes in every single race. He’s closed on Zane Maloney and it’s going to get very interesting as we head towards the final two rounds of the year. The gaps are closing so another strong outing could really move both drivers up in the championship standings.”