September 17, 2019
Arden Motorsport continued their recent run of form in the F4 British Championship despite a testing weekend at Knockhill, Fife, with a double victory for Alex Connor in the Rookie Cup the highlight.
The 15-year-old was unfortunate to suffer a DNF in the opening encounter before bouncing back to seize two class wins and regain second position in the Rookie Cup standings on Sunday.
Series debutante Abbie Munro exceeded her own expectations with an impressive mix of pace and consistency to secure points in each of the three encounters.
The Scot, who will contest the final rounds of the campaign with Arden, enjoyed close battles out on track in front of her home crowd; most notably in race two en route to her best result of ninth.
Australian racer Bart Horsten highlighted his pace at the 1.3-mile Fife circuit by topping every test session on Wednesday before an exceptional lap gave him pole position in a tight qualifying session.
Unfortunately, penalties hampered his chances of securing silverware to back up undeniable pace, but Horsten reinforced what could have been with fastest lap in the final contest.
Tommy Foster was left frustrated after having his fastest times deleted in qualifying, but bounced back to secure a solid points haul across the trio of races.
The Cornish racer is eager to put the Knockhill weekend behind him and carry the momentum of his Snetterton win and Thruxton podium success into the next round at Silverstone.
The F4 British Championship next heads to Arden’s home round at Silverstone, Northamptonshire for the penultimate round of the 2019 season on 28-29 September.
Arden British F4 Team Manager Gary Ward:
“In some ways it was a weekend of what could have been, but on the other side there are plenty of positives to look at.
“Abbie Munro has kept us going this weekend by doing an absolutely outstanding job – to come straight to Knockhill, go out on circuit and gain points for Arden in every single race is so impressive.
“Alex has also performed extremely well, getting his two Rookie Cup wins so he’s done a great job. He needed points from this weekend and he’s gone and bagged two race wins so we’re really pleased with that.
“Ultimately we know we could have achieved more this weekend but there’s a lot of positives to take. The pace we showed bodes very well for the final couple of rounds.”
Abbie Munro (#12) said:
“It’s been so great to make my British F4 debut at Knockhill, obviously it’s my home track so there’s been a lot of people from the Scottish motorsport community showing their support which has been really nice.
“To get three points finishes is just fantastic – and it’s been good to be in the mix and racing – getting stuck in and really enjoying myself.
“There’s definitely still more to come as I gain confidence, which is happening every time I get in the car.
“The aim for this weekend had been to just finish every race, so to do that and finish every race in the points is fantastic.”
Alex Connor (#27):
“This weekend has been really, really good in terms of results. Obviously the DNF in race one really hurt me but to get two Rookie Cup wins has been fantastic.
“I initially lost the position in the standings but I’ve gained it back now because of the double win so it’s a real positive and a nice feeling heading into the final rounds.
“This season has just been a massive learning curve so far, and this weekend was no different. The races were tough, but I think they’ve gone really well.”
Bart Horsten (#50):
“A few things didn’t go our way this weekend, but we had amazing pace and I still got to drive this awesome track.
“It’s just such a shame for the team because they’ve been through a really tough time recently. My engineers have done an amazing job – the car has been a bullet for the last few rounds – we just haven’t been able to convert that into results.
“I do feel confident heading into Silverstone because I feel like I’m driving really well, and the team and engineers are doing a great job.
“So the car should be fast and I should be driving well so I’m expecting a good weekend for us.”
Tommy Foster (#53):
“It’s been a very frustrating weekend which wasn’t helped by getting our best times deleted in qualifying, but we did make some positive changes which seemed to make a big difference in terms of pace.
“That’s a strong sign heading to Silverstone, which I’m really looking forward to. I’ve got a bit of knowledge from that track from when I did a test day in a Formula Renault and a British F3 car so hopefully that should come in handy.
“I’m just looking to put this weekend behind me, and take the momentum I built up from the win at Snetterton and the podium at Thruxton to hopefully get back up on the podium at Silverstone.”