Oulton Park in Cheshire saw the opening rounds of the BRDC F4 Championships and it was a corker. Jordan Albert secured his maiden BRDC Formula 4 Championship race victory in style at Oulton Park International Circuit on Easter Monday, 6th April, to also take Chipping Norton’s SWR back to the top of the podium for the first time since September 2013.
Starting the third and final race of the weekend from pole position, the 18-year-old soaked up huge pressure over the course of the first 10 laps before then motoring away to a substantial eight second winning margin after chief challenger Ciaran Haggerty spun while attempting to stay in touch.
After a very challenging season-opening event up to that point for the Silverstone teenager, Albert more than made up for the difficulties to claim a famous victory in this afternoon’s encounter to get his championship moving in the right direction.
“Jordan drove really well, soaked up a lot of pressure and didn’t put a wheel wrong – it’s a fantastic win and great for the team to be back on the top step of the podium”, said Mick Gomme, SWR commercial manager, “Our tyre strategy for race two got us this result, we chose to put Jordan on new tyres and start from the pitlane so he could try and get fastest lap and pole for race three.
“Fastest lap was traded a few times, but he made sure of it and then put together a great drive in the last race to get his first win. After a tough weekend, it’s the best way to finish and brings some good confidence.”
Things didn’t begin especially well for Albert in qualifying on Saturday, 4th April, when a mechanical failure pitched him off the circuit on only his second lap – resulting in a back of the grid start for round one.
With a tremendous amount of work to do, Albert got things off to a good start in race one by gaining three places immediately. Much quicker than his immediate rivals, the SWR racer was determined to make up ground as quickly as possible but on lap six he slipped back to 18th position and got stuck behind a slower car for the duration.
Round two on Easter Monday began in dramatic fashion with pole-sitter Sisa Ngebulana spinning on the formation lap. In the hope of securing pole position for race three by setting the fastest lap in round two, the team fitted new tyres to Albert’s car and he started from the pitlane to benefit from some clear track.
Posting a series of fastest lap times, Albert did indeed end up with the best of the race on lap eight, a time of 1m35.211 seconds, while finishing in 16th place.
For Albert, everything came down to the third and final race of the Easter weekend with his pole position start and he didn’t disappoint. Remaining calm and composed, the second year BRDC F4 racer didn’t put a wheel wrong throughout the 12 lap duration to secure a superb win.