ZANE MALONEY SECURES BRITISH F4 ROOKIE CUP TITLE

British F4 driver Zane Maloney scored his first car racing championship title last weekend at Knockhill Racing Circuit following win number eight of the season in the event opener, alongside another strong points finish in Sunday’s race one.

Zane, 15 from Barbados, followed a week of exciting news of BRDC Rising Stars honours with a stellar performance in Saturday’s qualifying, securing pole position for races one and three.

Following a strong getaway from the line, Zane built a healthy lead over the opening laps before two consecutive Safety Car deployments effectively reset the race with constant pressure from chasing BRDC Rising Star Louis Foster. Despite this, Zane defended the position well in a single-lap sprint to the chequered flag, crossing the line 0.6 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

“Eighth win of the year, I can’t believe it,” said Maloney.

“It was a bit of a crazy race, which Knockhill always throws up. There was not much rhythm due to the safety cars, but we’ll see in the next race, hopefully there won’t be as many.

“I got two really, really good restarts. I was thinking about when I was going to go, and how am I going to trick them. But we got it done so it’s good.

For Sunday morning’s reverse grid race, Zane converted fourth to third by Turn 3 with a brilliant around-the-outside manoeuvre and began to challenge for second place as the field completed its opening lap of the 1.27-mile circuit.

However, unavoidable contact at the tight final turn a few laps later demoted the Bajan racer to eighth overall with considerable damage to his car’s floor – a disadvantage Zane did well to manage for the remainder of the race.

Fortunately, this result was enough to secure the British F4 Rookie Cup title with 490.5 points, 77 ahead of second place.

Of the Rookie Cup title, Zane said, “I’m really happy to get the Rookie Cup title done. That was one of the targets for my first year, and now I’ve achieved that we can focus on building the overall points lead. 

I’m grateful for everything the team has done this year and proud to get a championship for Barbados, my sponsors and Kokoro Performance. I think we have a good chance of securing the overall title if we keep the momentum going.”

Race three was one to forget, as a freak mechanical issue relegated Maloney to a pit lane start several laps down from the field. Despite this heart-breaking setback, Zane and Carlin Racing showed their fighting spirit to get the car back out on track for the final 15 laps of the race.

 Zane next hits the track at the historic Silverstone Circuit on 28th / 29th September for Rounds 25-27 of British F4 where he hopes to extend his 15-point championship lead.

 

 

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