Four YRDA drivers on the podium in memorable weekend!

April 30, 2018

British F4

It was a great weekend for the Young Racing Driver Academy with four drivers on the podiums in their respected championships and classes across the country. In British F4 Ayrton Simmons took a podium in race two and at Super One Luke Watts, Ivan Lomliev and Luke Whitehead all finished in the top three in the televised final at Whilton Mill! 

Ayrton Simmons 2nd at Donington Park

Let’s begin with Ayrton Simmons. Coming off the back of a dream start to the season, which saw the JHR driver take to wins and a 2nd place finish at Brands Hatch, Ayrton arrived at Donington full of confidence. The weekend didn’t get off to the best of starts with Ayrton qualifying 10th and 8th giving him a tough job to do in the opening two races.

The difficult task was demonstrated in race one with Ayrton finishing in 6th place. It wasn’t an ideal start but progress at least. Race two was where Ayrton would shine driving through the field to take an impressive 2nd place! It was just what he needed after the qualifying results and more importantly for his championship. Race three would see Ayrton take another solid points finish with 6th place. It was a slight dampener overall after Brands Hatch, but consistency nevertheless!

Luke Watts takes maiden Super One podium

It’s easy to forget that Luke is only in his second full season of Super One, his height can sometimes hide his age but the 10-year-old finally took that elusive podium finish at Whilton Mill. Finishing 10th in last years championship Luke has come close before but at one of his favourite tracks he finally got the chance to stand on the podium in front of the cameras. 

Having moved from 11th on the grid to 7th in final one Luke had given himself a good chance at a podium. Luke got himself into 4th place early in the race eventually passing Dodds for 3rd place. For the remaining five laps Luke now needed to defend and he did a perfect job at that holding off the number three seed all the way to the flag.

 

Luke Whitehead rounds out closely bunched podium

Being robbed of a win at Whilton last year saw Luke coming into the Whilton round with mixed feelings, but anyone in the paddock will tell you just how quick he is around the Daventry based circuit having broken lap records in the past. Luke once again reflected that pace over the Super One weekend and despite a tricky qualifying was able to finish 5th in final one.

Although he never quite lead the race in final two Luke was never out of the fight for the lead keeping the likes of Ravenscroft, Pinsent and Gilbert honest the entire race. The four battled throughout the 12 minutes putting on an entertaining display, but by the end of the race the two leaders had escaped with Luke’s full focus on beating Gilbert for 3rd. The Scotsman defended well to hold off Luke but up ahead Pinsent would receive a penalty post-race after contact with Ravenscroft on the last lap promoting Luke to 3rd place!

 

Ivan Lomliev takes two 3rd place finishes

For Ivan Lomliev it was a Sunday that saw him put on a fantastic recovery after a difficult set of heats. The Coles Racing driver drove from 7th to 3rd in final one, but by the time he had got there the leaders were down the road. But 3rd was still a great result and Ivan was now in the mix for a victory going into final two.

Final two saw Ivan involved in a four-way scrap for the lead which would eventually see Chigorimbo into the barriers after he made a mistake at turn two. With Ivan now in 3rd he once again set his sights on victory but like McLean was unable to hold onto Rowledge. Instead it would be a comfortable 3rd and solid points for the championship.