Podiums continue for JHR Developments on visit to UK's fastest circuit
JHR Developments secured another podium finish in the F4 British Championship courtesy of Josh Skelton as the series travelled to Thruxton in Hampshire last weekend (May 17-19).
Despite a technical issue that hindered Josh’s qualifying, he set off from fifth in the first of the 20-minute contests. After being blocked on the opening lap he managed to swiftly pass his rivals and open up a 5.9 second advantage keeping a firm hold of third place to the chequered flag.
Rookie Carter Williams had a tougher race, trying to climb from seventh through the field. However, as the race wore on he struggled to find space leaving him stuck in the middle of the pack, before he ran wide on the last lap, finishing in eleventh.
The second race was one to forget for both drivers. Carter had been making progress but a hit from behind caused a scary spin for the American at Church’s corner. That quickly left him falling down the field but the American composed himself and managed to recover well to regain a top ten position.
Josh, meanwhile, was battling for the race lead, but in the mix of the battles he was left with contact after Luke Browning’s rear wing fell off clipping the Brit’s tyre. Unable to push any harder he focused on maintaining fifth position. Race three closed the weekend in a much calmer fashion as both drivers put in solid performances, with Josh leapfrogging his teammate to take fifth.
The team heads to Croft, Yorkshire for rounds 10, 11, and 12 of the British F4 Championship in four weeks’ time. Once again coverage will be available via the championship website as well as television coverage on ITV4 and ITV Hub online. Updates on the team’s performance can also be found via the team’s social media channels.
Grid 1 – 5, Race 1 – 3
Grid 2 – 3, Race 2 – 5
Grid 3 – 6, Race 3 – 5
Championship: 6th (75 points)
“We had a few issues with qualifying and a bit of oversteer just meant I couldn’t get that extra tenth for pole. I got boxed in off the line for race one but manged to make the places back up throughout the race, fought hard, and manged to get the podium. Race two I didn’t get off the line very well, made up a place or two but then someone’s rear wing came off and clipped my tyre which cost me a little bit. I put my head down and manged to finish fifth and then managed to take fifth again in race three.”
Grid 1 – 7, Race 1 – 11
Grid 2 – 11, Race 2 – 10
Grid 3 – 5, Race 3 – 6
Championship: 8th (46 points)
“Qualifying was a bit disappointing. Josh and I had the pace to be on pole, I made a mistake and obviously was 0.2 off so started seventh which set the tone for race one. I was just stuck in the middle of the field where I shouldn’t have been. It was looking alright, but I had a bit of an off on the last corner with another car so just ended up outside the points in 11th. Race two, I had a better set up and plan. I started off well, I made a couple of places but a few laps in I got spun and that was basically the end of the race for me. The last race I started fifth and just lost a position finishing sixth.”