June 27, 2018
It was certainly a win Ivan Lomliev won’t be forgetting in a hurry! After starting the final lap in 4th place Ivan managed to put in a sensational lap and with a bit of luck along the way went on to take victory in round four in the championship.
Before we go through that in a bit more detail let’s rewind to where it all started with qualifying. In a field of 19 drivers and on a Forest Edge circuit that Ivan has done very limited testing on, picking up 3rd place was a fantastic start to the day.
Heat one unfortunately did not go to plan for Ivan. The start of the race was okay with Ivan running in 4th, but it was towards the end of the race where he became the victim of having a train of karts come through in the space of one lap which would leave him in 8th at the flag.
Heat two was a good turn around for Ivan, he ran as high as 2nd and challenged for the lead on several occasions as the Coles Racing drover continuously pumped in fastest laps. But as he would go for the win he became vulnerable of dropping to 3rd which is exactly what happened at the end of the race.
A mixed set of results left Ivan 6th on the grid for the final and after the performance of heat two Ivan was keen to get moving at the start. With 22 laps on the board though there also had to be a patience in his approach and Ivan spent most of the race running in 5th place. That would be until the final two laps where Ivan would get into 4th and was within a second of a race win going onto the last lap of the race. Ivan made his move to get into 3rd and as the two leaders tangled going into the final corner Ivan was placed perfectly to steal a memorable victory right at the death!
Luke Watts – 9th
Vinnie Phillips – 10th
Tommy Foster took another win at Dunkeswell at the weekend in round of the championship in the Senior Max class.
Starting 4th on the grid for heat one Tommy got the day off to a fantastic start winning the race by over four seconds with the fastest lap of the race! It was a message to his opponents that Tommy was not here to finish 2nd place. From 8th on the grid in heat two Tommy went on to take another victory with fastest lap, this time winning by just under 1.5 seconds. What was more impressive was the fact he had both caught and passed the British Open Champion, James Johnson, who started from pole and extended that lead all in the space of just ten laps.
For heat three Tommy started down in 18th place and it was unlikely he was ever going to take a hat-trick of victories, but to finish 4th and be quicker than the top three was pretty much the best Tommy could do with the time available. When it came to the final it was going to take something very special to beat Tommy and with the English Champion flying with confidence he took a lights to flag victory with yet another fastest lap and an advantage of 3.4 seconds over the rest of the field.
A mixed weekend for Ayrton at Croft for round five of the British F4 Championships. Ayrton suffered engine problems all weekend which cost him a podium in race two and pace in race three. Ayrton's efforts helped him to two 5th place finishes in the end keeping him in the hunt for the championship heading to Snetterton!
It was a disappointing end to the WSK Open Cup for Josh after terrific driving all weekend. Josh should have been starting P2 for the Final but was harshly penalised in the Pre-Final which cost him his win and his place in the Final.