What a great weekend we had supporting Richardson Racing as they marked their British Formula 4 return by winning the first race of the season from 10th on the grid with Ginetta Junior graduate Luke Browning
Browning had an engine problem in qualifying, leaving him way down the order, but was up to fourth within a lap of the season opener.
A lap later he passed former Ginetta rival Louis Foster for third, while Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez and fellow returnee Carlin’s Zane Maloney fought over the lead up front.
Their lead was gap was quickly reduced, and a small mistake by Maloney allowed Browning to pull alongside down the pit straight. He ran side by side with him over the line before snatching the position.
Alvarez, one of only two drivers returning to the series this year, put up a good defence, but a move at Druids brought Browning the race lead.
From that point on he was unstoppable, putting in fastest laps as he pulled away up front and finishing the race 3.705 seconds clear of Alvarez. Victory came in the 16-year-old’s first race in single-seaters, and also marked Richardson Racing’s first race atop the podium.