Aussies rule as Florescu brawls

Motor Sport News - - Btcc Report: Knockhill - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

A mo­ment of mad­ness from Petru Florescu has blown the Bri­tish F4 ti­tle fight wide open.

The points leader’s ex­clu­sion from the Knock­hill meet­ing af­ter brawl­ing with Carlin team-mate Devlin De­francesco fol­low­ing a col­li­sion be­tween the pair in race two ( see Rac­ing News) means it’s Max Fewtrell who now leads the stand­ings.

Florescu was a com­fort­able win­ner in the opener but his ex­pul­sion meant that Fortec’s Alex Quinn in­her­ited vic­tory from De­francesco. Another ti­tle con­tender, Sen­nan Field­ing, was also ruled out of the first race af­ter be­ing hit by Luis Leeds at the hair­pin.

Leeds was the main ben­e­fi­ciary of Florescu’s fight­ing with two podi­ums al­low­ing him to rise to sec­ond in the points. The Ar­den Aussie won race two af­ter he and com­pa­triot Zane God­dard pulled away from the pack.

Be­hind, Jamie Caro­line had al­most all of the other cars in tow with Florescu and De­francesco un­able to find a way through. Caro­line con­tin­ued to de­fend ro­bustly even when a 10-sec­ond time penalty for a jumped start was an­nounced.

In­evitably with so many cars run­ning so close to­gether there was con­tact with Florescu and De­francesco col­lid­ing across the start­line and bring­ing the race to a pre­ma­ture end.

Quinn had pole for the fi­nale and led away at the start but God­dard made an ex­cel­lent get­away to climb to sec­ond into the first cor­ner. Then Quinn ran slightly wide at the hair­pin and God­dard snatched the lead and romped away to a dom­i­nant win. Leeds also passed Quinn at the same cor­ner to seal sec­ond place.

Florescu’s ex­clu­sion gave Quinn open­ing win

Leeds and God­dard were the lead­ers in two races

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