Silverstone local Jordan Albert moved into the top five of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship for leading squad SWR at the Northamptonshire track over the weekend, 30th/31st May, after bagging his biggest points haul of the season – including his third podium of 2015.
Closing to within just 19 points of the coveted top three in the driver standings, the 18-year-old was also in the fight for his second victory of the campaign during a wet round eight on Sunday morning but an unfortunate moment while in third position spoiled his hopes.
“It was obviously good to be back on the podium again this weekend, although a bit disappointing we couldn’t get the win in race two as Jordan had the pace for sure”, said SWR team owner Sean Walkinshaw.
“In race three the tyres were just wrecked at the end. The guys at the front had better tyres available than we did, so for Jordan to finish in fourth was a good result. We’ve made up some good ground in the points, the championship is definitely back on for us now.”
Starting round seven on Saturday afternoon from third position, Albert was very well placed to secure his third podium of the season and he made a fantastic getaway to leap into second ahead of Harri Newey. Mid-lap, though, the SWR racer’s hopes took a big hit when he was shuffled back to fifth position before then being nudged back further to sixth on lap two.
Faced with a big task to try and recover as much ground as possible, Albert set about climbing back up the order and on lap five his fortune turned when he was able to profit from a tangle involving Newey and Riki Christodoulou.
Suddenly back into the top three, Albert was able to get back into a rhythm and reeled off some strong lap times during the second half of the contest to consolidate his podium place. His best lap of the race, a time of 2m04.711 seconds, was only 0.2 seconds shy of the quickest.
Round eight on Sunday morning took place on a wet track with Albert starting in sixth position. After an excellent opening lap, Albert climbed into the top four and immediately set about challenging for another podium as he pressurised Omar Ismail for third.
Just 0.1 seconds behind into lap three, Albert managed to take the place and then set his sights on Sisa Ngebulana with a possible win a distinct possibility. On the fourth tour, though, the SWR racer went wide at Brooklands and dropped down to seventh. Mounting a determined recovery, Albert worked his way back into the top five before the chequered flag on lap eight.
For the event’s final race, round nine, Albert lined-up on the front row in second place and almost managed to get alongside the pole-starter into Copse. Tucking back into second on the exit, he held the place comfortably until halfway through when tyre degradation started to cause problems. Although slipping to fifth by lap eight, he continued to battle hard and re-took fourth on the last lap.