Aussies rule as Florescu brawls
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